Wae Rebo Village

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Wae Rebo is a traditional village in Flores, Flores is located in the eastern part of Indonesia.  The village is located at about 1200 m altitude is one of the few villages that has retained the traditional way of life and architecture.

The residents of the village of Waerebo are very friendly to visitors. Along the way from the “basecamp” to the traditional village, visitors will find many coffee and clove plants as local commodities of Manggarai.
Traditional houses are built of unpainted planks, have a circular cone shape and elongated tapered roofs.  Several ritual festivals of this people are held in special ceremonial buildings of the village throughout the year. For example, in August, lios from all over the area come here for a big harvest festival.
The location and existence of this circular cone house makes Vae Rebo a lovely traditional village.Wae Rebo attracts tourists with unusual wood carvings, unusual wooden sculptures decorate the houses of the villagers.

Access : Coordinates: / There is still no other way to get to the village other than to go hiking.expect 3-4 hours and expect a pretty bad trail, especially if it has been raining lately  and is clearly marked. To get to Wa Rebo, you first need to get to Ruteng. It is a small town in West Flores, reachable by bus from Labuan Bayo.

Highlights :

  •  Wae rebo is a remote and high village in East Nusa Tenggara. There are only 7 houses there. Mbaru Niang is the name of the traditional house.
  •  Sacred rituals of Penti in the village of Vae Rebo on Flores : Every November, the Manggarai ethnic group in East Nusa Tenggara province performs the sacred Penti ritual in the traditional village of Vae Rebo on Flores Island, Essentially a typical animist ceremonyPenti ceremony, a full-blown spirit worship festival, is held annually in November. The kasi tournament is part of the festival. After all, there must be a reason why this village in Flores was awarded the highest award by UNESCO in 2012.
  •  Penti is an annual ritual closely associated with the agricultural cycle. This tradition is passed down from generation to generation by the elders of the village.
  •  This village has at least seven main conical houses of the same height and diameter. Each house can accommodate from 6 to 8 families.
  •  Before taking photos, we are required to attend the welcoming ceremony and pay Rp. 50 thousand for the ceremony.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities – bring enough supplies and a drone for optimal photos / Traveling around Flores / explore these remote villages

Go next : The market town of Ruteng in the mountains of western Flores and Badjawa / diving tours in Komodo National Park / Labuan Bajo , a growing  city / Batu Cermin,  a beautiful limestone cave.

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