Wae Rebo is a unique cultural icon on Flores - a traditional isolated village with pleasant mountain view in Manggarai, Flores. It consist of 7 traditional houses built according to ancient Manggarai design, named as Mbaru Niang, which has cone shape with diameter around 12 – 15 meters and 8 – 10 meters height. Resting at top of a hill in the caldera of an long-dormant volcano, surrounded by fog-shrouded forests, stunning! Wae Rebo is rewarded by UNESCO for the conservation of culture heritage in 2012.
Wae Rebo trek & village tour, traditional art & dance performance on annual Penti Ceremony (around November) - the Wae Rebos' thanksgiving ceremony.
How To Get There
Wae Rebo can be reached from Labuan Bajo Airport/seaport/hotel with a 4 hour car drive to Denge village. Or with a local flight to Ruteng Airport (RTG) in Manggarai, continue with around 3 hour to Denge - the closest village, or starting point, for the next 3 hour trek/walk to Wae Rebo.
From Labuhanbajo bus station to Ruteng (4 -5 hour trip). In Ruteng bus station take a bus 'Bis Kayu or Oto Kolt' to Denge (depart at 8 am, 3 - 4 hour to Denge, often with loud music).
From Ende bus station, take a bus to Bajawa, continue with a bus to Ruteng, and catch a local transport (truck or motorbike taxi) to Denge.
From Labuhanbajo go to Nangalili. In Nangalili hire a boat to Dintor (2.5 hour, around IDR 500K). From Dintor to Denge is with motorbike taxi (ojek), 20 minutes trip.
You can have a private taxi from Labuhanbajo airport/hotel, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private taxi with your hotel/tour operator.
A wide selection of accommodation available in Labuhanbajo and Ende. While in Denge village - the closest to Wae Rebo, only a local homestay or camp out is available.
The habitant of Wae Rebo are the Modo Tribe. It is believed that their ancestors came from Minang people of West Sumatra. The local residents still defend the tradition and culture from generation to generation. They are open & friendly to visitors.
In the center of the village, stands a compang, or stone altar, that is used as a place of worship for their ancestors. Despite having been exposed to christianity, the people of Wae Rebo village still maintain a spiritual connection to their ancestors through offerings and rituals, especially in the thanksgiving ceremony with the sacrifice of two pigs which from the blood the future can be read by the elders. At the end of the ceremony, the caci dance - war fighting dance - by two warrior is performed. One of the two has to be bleed as it is believed that the blood fall down on to the soil can bring fertility to the earth.
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