WONDERFUL WAE REBO, FLORES
Flores is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. The traditional village of Wae Rebo in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara, has received the Top Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards, announced in Bangkok on 27 August 2012.
This small and isolated village was recognized for its rebuilding of the traditional Mbaru Niang traditional house based on the spirit of community cooperation towards a sustainable tradition, while at the same time improving its village welfare.
Founder of the village and, therefore, their main ancestor who built the village some 100 years ago, was a man called Empu Maro. Today, the inhabitants are his 18th generation descendents.
Wae Rebo’s main characteristics are their unique houses, which they call Mbaru Niang that are tall and conical in shape and are completely covered in lontar thatch from its rooftop down to the ground. It appears that at one time such kind of houses were quite common to the region. But today, it is only this village that continues to maintain the typical Manggarai traditional house, without which these unique houses would have been completely fazed out.
The house has five levels, each level designated for a specific purpose. The first level , called lutur or tent, are the living quarters of the extended family. The second level, called lobo, or attic, is set aside to store food and goods, the third level called lentar is to store seeds for the next harvest, the fourth level called lempa rae is reserved for food stocks in case of draught, and the fifth and top level, called hekang kode, which is held most sacred, is to place offerings for the ancestors.
You will experience all these destinations with us by reserving the Wae Rebo trekking flores tour package from Butik Trip. Furthermore, you also have chance to enjoy wae rebo village tour.
Ruteng, the capital of the Manggarai district, is located at the foot of a high mountain range and in the center of a complicated network of valleys, which flow into the largest rice-producing areas of Flores. Long-standing traditions are still very much present in Ruteng, e.g. Caci: a whip fight which is an important element of traditional ceremonies. It is therefore often performed during the marriage of the wealthier and more influential Manggaraians.
Wae Rebo is a small and very out of the way village that now is popular to people for having Wae Rebo trip, very out of the way village. Located some 1,100 meters above sea level, where the air is cool and the village completely surrounded by panoramic mountains and the dense Todo forest. This tropical forest is rich in vegetation, where you will find orchids, different types of ferns and hear the chirping of many songbirds.
BATU CERMIN CAVE
Hence the cave’s name, Batu Cermin, which means ‘mirror rock’ in Indonesian. Located only 4 kilometers from central Labuan Bajo. Batu Cermin cave is set within an impressive prominent rock formation near Labuan Bajo. Through a hole in the cave, rays of light find their way into the cave’s inside walls where they perform a spectacular show of reflected sunlight. This fascinating effect is caused by some slick, mirror-like rock surfaces that reflect the light.
You may wonder to see the enormous blooming giant flower of Raflessia Arnoldii, we have tour package to Bengkulu
. You could also get closer to the elephant at Seblat Elephant Conservation.
DISTANCE From JAKARTA
2 hours 30 Minutes
JAKARTA to LABUAN BAJO
Batik Air (Direct) 10.10 - 13.40
Garuda Indonesia (Direct) 10.50 - 14.25
LABUAN BAJO to JAKARTA
Batik Air (Direct) 14.30 - 16.00
Garuda Indonesia (Direct) 15.05 - 16.25
DISTANCE From BALI
1 hour 30 Minutes
BALI to LABUAN BAJO
Garuda Indonesia 10.55 - 12.25
Wings Air 13.55 - 15.15
Nam Air 14.10 - 15.05
Garuda Indonesia 14.25 - 15.55
LABUAN BAJO to BALI
Nam Air 15.35 - 16.25
Wings Air 16.00 - 17.20
Garuda Indonesia 16.00 - 17.40
*) Early flight to Labuan Bajo and Late flight to Jakarta/Bali are highly recommended to maximize your trip in Wae Rebo.