Flores is a fascinating and beautiful island, long hidden in the shadow of its more famous neighbour, Bali. The island of Flores is finally emerging as a unique destination of its own. Situated in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Flores is a long island that has some of the world’s best kept secrets. A chain of volcanoes stretches the lengths of this 450 km long and narrow island, creating complicated v-shaped valleys and knife-edged ridges – terrain that was near impenetrable until recently and has separated the island into many distinct ethnic groups. Visit the lair of the Komodo Dragons and spend time to marvel at some of the wonders of Flores, such as swim in pristine lakes and waterfalls, dive at one of the 50 spectacular dive sites, go kayaking among craggy coasts and mangrove shores, explore mysterious caves and be warmly welcomed by the island’s people in their rituals, dances, and daily life.
The traditional village of Wae Rebo in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, has recently 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.
Wae Rebo is a small, 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.
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.
One special ceremonial house is the community building where members of the entire clan gather for ceremonies and rituals. They are predominantly Catholic but still adhere to old beliefs. In this house are stored the sacred heirloom of drums and gongs.
With a small population of around 1,200 inhabitants only, the village comprises 7 houses, with half of these falling into disrepair. Thestaple diet of villagers is cassava and maize, but around the village they plant coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon which they sell in the market, located some 15 km. away from the village. Lately, however, Wae Rebo has grown in popularity as a touirst destination for international eco-tourism enthusiasts, and this has added to the economic welfare of the village. The people of Wae Rebo warmly welome visitors who wish to see their village and experience their simple traditional life.
If you wish to stay overnight, the villagers welcome visitors to their homes.
On the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, the town of Labuan Bajo,or also spelled Labuhan Bajo sits peacefully: a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities. The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragon, locally calledora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.
Facing two important islands – Rinca and Komodo – the only habitat in the world for the mythical and endangered species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the town of Labuan Bajo acts as a transit port and a destination to Flores’s newly discovered interior. The town at the most western end of Flores provides a place to stock up on groceries and other necessities for those traveling on liveaboards to the islands or further east. Prior to entering the Indonesian version of Jurassic Park, travelers will seek for important information in and around this busy port.
Aside from the assortments of good tourist accommodation, the town itself is quite poor in functioning infrastructures. Expectations should, therefore, be curbed to a moderate level, especially when going on a city tour on your own, where you will find the town somehow pretty simple. Fortunately, it is quiet so that heavy traffic is unlikely. Although watching a colourful sunset over the romantic bay from a restaurant on a hill is quite a stunning experience.
To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.
Klayap team will pick you up at Labuan Bajo Airport ; just look for someone with a board with your name on it at the arrival gate. Atau kami akan menjemput kamu di Hotel yang kamu tempati di Labuan Bajo
Setelah itu kamu akan langsung menuju Desa Denge.
Upon arrival at the Denge Village, we will stay in the homestay located in the middle of calm fields that Klayap has reserved for us.
*Meals: Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
After breakfast at the homestay, we will prepare ourselves to go to Wae Rebo Village. The trip to the Wae Rebo Village must be reached by trekking on foot. The trekking will take about 4 hours.
During the trip, we will see some of the views of the typical tropical rain forest and if we are lucky, we can see wild animals, including various types of wild birds singing beautifully. On the way we will pass Wae Lomba river, Pocoroko sights, Nampe Bakok landscape before finally arriving in Wae Rebo Traditional Village.
After we reach Wae Rebo Village, we will be welcomed by the local community. They will perform a simple ritual, which basically tell and ask permission to their ancestor that there are guests who will visit and spend the night in the village.
In this day there will be a session for you to adapt to the environment of Wae Rebo which is still relatively primitive. We will be shown to the place we will stay in at, a unique custom home, a modest house conical. We will stay together with other guests in the house.
Lunch and Dinner will be done in a simple way with local communities. We will feel the sensation of living in simplicity and peace.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (B, L, D)
Breakfast will be provided by the local community. Furthermore, we will go around to observe and study the philosophy life of the Wae Rebo people who very close to nature. We will see the daily life of local communities, ranging from farming, hunting, ceremonial / traditional rituals, etc. Our guide will translate to you everything during following activities. By noon we will prepare to leave Wae Rebo. Say goodbye to Wae Rebo!
To go back, we will need to walk about approximately 2.5 hours. After we arrive at Denge Village,we will proceed to Labuan Bajo. At Labuan Bajo, we will check in at the 4 star hotel that Klayap has prepared for us.
*Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have free time and enjoy the hotel facilities and then we will check out and visit the Mirror Cave at Labuan Bajo. Go to the airport and see you again next time!
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
• 3 nights accommodation
Traditional House of Wae Rebo (1 night) & Homestay Denge (1 night)
4 Star Hotel at Labuan Bajo (1 night)
Inclusive of fuel costs, parking & toll fees, and drivers’ expenses
• Explore Wae Rebo
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Mineral water during the trip
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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