What is Wae Rebo Village?
Flores Island has become a new beauty of tourism destination in Indonesia. It is yet raw and wonderful at the same time, a place where you can find peace by contemplate surrounding. One of which are Wae Rebo Village. A great destination for you to get away from the crowded city.
The village is included as tourist village which is highly valued because it’s a cultural heritage. The ultimate point of Wae Rebo Village is it’s own existence, why? Since it’s almost impossible for a village rich with their heritage could exist in the hight mountains. Wae Rebo village indeed located in high mountain at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by high mountain, your eyes will be spoiled by beautifull view of green forest and blue sky. Some said that if we set food on Wae Rebo village as if we reach the bottom of heaven itself.
This place is even more famous for its location which is isolated from the outside world. The traditional village is small yet very quite place since it is surrounded by the dense of Todo forest. Here you could find 7 traditional houses called Mbaru Niang, which are still well maintaned until now. There is no additional traditional houses are allowed to be built anymore.
The founder of this Wae Rebo village to be said as Empu Maro who came from Minangkabau, and the people live here now said to be his 18th generation descendants. What an amazing story of the traditional village Wae Rebo.
Best Time to Visit
What makes this village more appealing is because the uniqueness of the house. It rather conical and tall which made from lontar thatch. Since Wae Rebo is located in a high mountain and kind of remote area, you need to pick the nice season to be here.
It will be a waste of time to came in rainy seasons, so it must be perfect if you came in during the dry season from April to October. Prepare your time very well because the journey is not easy, and i recommend you to stay at least a day here. You will need that time for a bunch of photographing landscapes and other amazing things.
How to Get Here
Well, the public transportation to reach Wae Rebo village are not much. You can take either rental car, travel, or using a tour package will be much easier. First, you have to find a way to reach Labuan Bajo. There are two main ways, either fly directly to Labuan Bajo from Jakarta or transit from Jakarta to Denpasar and continue taking flight to Labuan Bajo. The second option might be cheaper for you.
From Labuan Bajo you need at least 8 – 11 hours to reach this village. There are also a flight from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng, before you continue the journey to Denge. Denge is the nearest village that could be reached by transportation. From Denge you should take a tracking route on walk for about 3 hours to reach the Wae Rebo village. If you dare enough, for a cheaper accomodation you can take a motorbike and drive along to reach Denge.
To fully enjoy the beauty of Wae Rebo village, here are some short of advide for you travellers who would like to spend your time here.
- Bring enough cash since the place is rather remote from any technology. You did not expect to find any ATM here, don’t you?
- You will need the cash later on if you want to take bunch of photograph here in Wae Rebo village.
- Prepare your physical health, since the journey is quite far and draining.
- Don’t forget to bring your long sleeve shirt, trousers better to find a hiking pants along with sweater. The temperature will be quite windy and cold.
- Don’t ever think about bringing your suitcase here, you don’t want to drag that through a forest, trust me. Better get your backpack enough to stored pack of clothes and other daily needs.
- We suggested you to use a comfort shoes like sneakers or hiking shoes along with couple of socks.
- Remember to dress modestly and decently.
Wae Rebo village is a place to be enjoyed with all the heart, do not bother yourself in finding phone signals or such. What you need to do here is just enjoy the beauty of cultural heritage and nature.