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Bena Traditional Village, Bajawa

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Discover an age-old way of life among the traditional thatched houses and megalithic stone structures of Bena Traditional Village. Villagers use ancient stone altars to communicate with their ancestors, often through animal sacrifice. A giant pile of flat stones creates a court where the village clans settle their legal disputes. Learn about the local culture--which combines animism with elements of Catholicism--from hospitable locals, and purchase locally woven fabrics, dyed with intricate patterns. A viewpoint on a small hill, home to a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, offers sweeping views of the village and nearby Mount Inerie. Our Bajawa tourist route planner makes visiting Bena Traditional Village and other Bajawa attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I give a 5 star review because we experienced something very impressive. The villagers had a ritual to induct a newly built house. We were both lucky and unlucky at the same time to experience the cru...  more »
  • It's worth the journey. Bena is quite a large traditional village in Flores. Our visit was interesting and informative. Ask your the guide about traditions when locals are building a new house and tak...  more »
  • Nice to visit but more interesting for the houses and inplanting then the inhabitants. Very touristic, people who live here are also focused on selling things rather then in their daily life. Note tha...  more »
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  • I am compelled to write this to highlight the horrible animal cruelty we witnessed at Bena village today. ☹️ We saw three dogs tied up by their necks at the first house you encounter upon entering the village. The dogs are skeletal, you can see every single bone in their frail bodies. One of the dogs had some tiny puppies she was trying to nurture and god only knows how she had any nutrients to pass on. It was utterly heartbreaking. We expressed our concern with the villagers about how the dogs must be so hungry and they laughed raucously which made us feel so much worse. We bought biscuits for the dogs and they were open to letting us feed them. We respect the villagers' way of life. However there is NO excuse for mistreating animals. The dogs were starving. To see them wagging their tails as they ate was heartwarming but we left there feeling totally depressed about their fate. We could also not understand why they had them tied up with a choking collar while other dogs were allowed to roam free. I'm writing this in the hope of raising awareness and making a change. If anyone reading this is heading to Bena and is as disgusted as we were please vocalise your concern and hopefully the people of Bena will get the message. I know Indonesian attitudes to dogs are different to western ideas but there's no excuse for animals to be mistreated and this type of behaviour can hopefully be changed through education. Perhaps if you're visiting you might like to take along some food for these dogs to make their day a little bit brighter. Everyone in the village was perfectly friendly and I'm sorry to award just one star.
  • The afternoon light lends itself to the quiet surrounds and the laid back feeling one has while visiting this place. It's easy to become transported to another time altogether. A rare sight and rarer feeling; one we can always appreciate in our rushed lives.
  • i'm very happy when i arrive there, i can enjoy the beautiful view from various of megalithic relic.. If you are in bajawa, don't forget to visit it..
  • This is one of the traditional villages on the island of Flores is very well maintained, immaculately and clean. All the people here still live in traditional houses, the women here making traditional fabrics from organic materials. This is one of the mandatory travel destination if you stop by the town Bajawa.
  • Interesting cultural experience in a beautiful setting. Went here in 2008. Nice to catch a glimpse of local traditional cultures.

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Where to stay in Bajawa

A trip to Bajawa means you will most likely stay overnight; be prepared for slightly overpriced accommodations. While most facilities offer complimentary Wi-Fi, expect to pay more for hot water and air conditioning. Many hotels employ staff that doesn't speak English, so if that makes you uncomfortable, look for guesthouses run by expats.
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