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Wae Rebo Village, Ruteng

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Set amidst a scenic backdrop of the nearby mountains,Wae Rebo Village offers a glimpse into an authentic Indonesian village day-to-day life. You'll also see sightings of traditional mbaru niang--circular, conical, housing architecture. Set off from the lowlands, the village requires a three-hour hike to reach the site, so physical fitness, hiking experience, and ability should be taken into consideration. However, those who do take on this hiking challenge will be rewarded by a trek through dense green forest while encountering diverse plant and animal life. Put Wae Rebo Village into our Ruteng trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ruteng.
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  • Indonesia. More than 17.500 island, with hundreds of languages and cultures. Waerebo are something else. I never felt something like this in my life. There is no trafic, no smoke from vehicle, smile a...  more »
  • you will hike 9km up hill while you can reduce it with Ojek (motorcycle ride that you can hire on the spot around $2.50) for 3km.. so leave you 6km hike up hill , and 6km hike down hill to go home the...  more »
  • We joined Waerebo since the Waerebo Dintor ecolodge, kind of refuge in the rice fields, basic but clean. 15 minutes by car and we are at the foot of the path that begins with 1.5 km of asphalt in slope steeply (formerly passable by car, this portion of the road has deteriorated and is more taken by walkers and scooters). For the lazy or the impatient taxi scooters you rise up / down this stretch of road for a few thousand rupees. We arrive then at the bridge which marks the beginning of the 4.5 km of climb in the jungle, on a trail of clay, stones and roots. Difficulty level, is similar to a market dynamic and sporty, of approximately 3 h. (I did it in 2:45, without any physical condition and being asthmatic... I tell you that I was fresh arriving above but frankly it's feasible). Level shoes: sneakers are sufficient but walking shoes are obviously better, especially if it rains, which very often at least part of the way, because you then walk in the mud and it's very slippery. Plan a pair of tong to move in the village. The place is obviously fantastic, manggarai halo of mist and surrounded jungle huts. After the traditional welcome by Alex, the village chief, who welcome you and give you permission to move freely, including in homes, we are invited for coffee in the guest house, which is the dormitory hut reserved for the visitors. Don't kid yourself, you won't be alone! According to the principle of first come first served, attributed you a mat and a blanket for the night. We were 35 the day where we went. That said, it's very nice because it creates an atmosphere of "hostel" and gladly discussed the evening after dinner, both with locals who take care of the guest house with visitors! For photo enthusiasts, if you have the courage to stand with a tripod, there is some wonderful photos of starry night to take! My son brought his soccer ball, which took a big hit with kids and adults... This promotes contact also! We also gave it to the head before going back down, so the kids were happy. The day, we're interested in the day-to-day operations of the village: the weaving, the culture of the coffee... it mimics because they speak only the manggarai or Indonesian. Downside: the village receiving more tourists (3500 per year), it loses a bit of its authenticity and its deep culture and I fear that it will become a "tourist attraction"in the future, as more people do that in order to take the picture"the place to be", especially the Indonesians and the Chinese , and not really interested in people and their culture. That said, for us, this has been and will remain a rich human experience and a very unforgettable time on our trip. The Waerebo ikats are specific (each region of Flores has its particular reason) and you can bear the village by buying at quite reasonable prices but not marketable one of these beautiful pieces of fabric. If you walk around in the vicinity of the village, stay on trails: it's a jungle all autour, nature in its raw state with its animals including the vipers green and other strong cobras unsympathetic. We pass. However, rest assured: they remain out of the village and its central plain (too exposed and too noisy). Meals served on a mat on the floor and enjoyed sitting in a circle were delicious, typical Indonesian. It is possible to charge their devices at night because the generator works from 18 to 22 h. In health terms, it's Spartan: no hot water and washing in the tub but it's fun! Conclusion: I highly recommend this experience, with the help of your guide, to go to meet this people so warm and still preserved with the back of our modern life.., this is a great lesson of wisdom and humility.
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