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Wae Rebo Traditional Village

Last Updated on July 02 2017

waerebo 01222 or 3 Days / 1 or 2 Nights
sightseeing/hiking - all inclusive

Wae Rebo is the last remaining traditional Manggaraian ethnic village where still traditional houses exists and where people still live like their ancestors thousands of years ago. You can choose between a two day or three day tour starting from Labuan Bajo. You stay in one of the traditional houses among the local people.

Wae Rebo is the last remaining traditional Manggaraian ethnic village with traditional houses. It is located at an altitude of 1,125 meter above sea level in the Nature Conservation Forest.
There are seven traditional houses, the so called 'Mbaru Tembong' and each of these houses hosts more than one family. The people live on agricultural products as coffee, taro and vegetables.

You can choose between a two day or three day tour. Starting point is Labuan Bajo.

Two Day Tour



dintor13-1-250Day 1: LABUAN BAJO - DENGE - WAE REBO
Early in the morning we leave Labuan Bajo and travel up to the mountains with beautiful panoramic views, villages and rice fields. On a beautiful resting place we take a break and unpack our lunch package. Time to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the tranquility. In the early afternoon we arrive at Denge, a small village on the food of the mountain- our starting point for the four to five hours hike to Wae Rebo.

We hike up hill through the rain forest and reach Wae Lomba, a creek. The first stop after about one hour hiking from Denge. Sometimes we can hear the voices of Asian Paradise Flycatchers and other etrekking-waerebo13-6-250ndemic birds. We proceed to Post 2 at Pocoroko with picturesque views towards the Sawu Sea in the south. It is the last place for cellular phone connection services. The last stop is at Nampe Bakok, a place where we have a complete view over the traditional village of Wae Rebo. Breathtaking!

Just before sunset we arrive at Wae Rebo. The head of the village - usually the eldest man in the village - welcomes us in his house with open arms. However, we need to ask for a permit first to enter the village and whether we will be welcomed. After our guide getting the permit the villages elderly men hold a welcome ceremony for us in manggaraian language. Don't worry. Our guide will translate it for you. 

waerebo13-26-250Afterwards we get accompanied by villagers to the traditional manggaraian guest house where we set up our camp for the night possibly with other guests who arrived today. The round house can accommodate up to 25 people.
Meanwhile the local women have started to cook with fire wood in the adjacent kitchen. Who like to assist doesn't need a special invitation. Everybody is welcomed! After enjoying our dinner of traditional simple food we sleep on woven gras mattresses arranged in form of a circle. Good night! The ghosts of the ancestors of the village will protect you!

Day 2: WAE REBO - LABUAN BAJO or RUTENGtrekking-waerebo13-11-250
After an early breakfast which the traditional women prepare for us, we say good bye to the villagers which we have grown fond of in only one day. We leave the village and trek the same way back downhill to Denge. We jump in to the car and depart either to Ruteng or back to Labuan Bajo. Lunch we take on the route. We arrive in Labuan Bajo in the evening or in Ruteng in the afternoon.

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