Hire a guide from Kupang, SoE or Kefamenu. They vary in price from 300,000 per day per group to 600,000 per day per person. Check here for our advice on guides to the villages of West Timor.
Niki Niki is a small local town and also the junction at which you must attain alternative transport and begin your descent into the hillside.
From Kupang regular buses run east to Niki Niki and should take between 3 1/2 and 4 hours, these buses pass through SoE which is only 30 minutes from Niki Niki.
From Kefamenu regular buses run south to Niki Niki and take 2 hours.
From Niki Niki it is a further one and a half hours drive through undulating landscape, for this your guide needs to have hired private transport or you must be ready to take an Ojek (motorbike with driver, approx 50,000 one way). On route marvel at the spectacularly perched villages at the cliffs edge or just cling onto your Ojek driver as he navigates the ragged road. Take a detour and pass through Oinlasi market on Tuesdays and watch the locals bartering but beware these roads may become impassable with rainfall.
There is basic home stay accommodation in Boti which is comfortable and reasonably clean. It costs 100,000 Rupiah per person per night including a hearty dinner of local produce to say and can be organised by your guide on short notice.
Boti is an incredibly unique village known for its Animistic beliefs and independence. If you are interested in Boti, it’s quirks and how it came to be an independent village take a look at the article ‘Boti and it’s spirits stand alone against development’ or just check out its weird funeral practice.