Wae Rebo – Stay in a 1,500 year old mountain village in Indonesia
Saturday, 15 September 2018
The 1,500 year old village of Wae Rebo, with a modest population of 50, recently received an award and recognition by UNESCO
Until recently, the island of Flores, and its port town of Labuan Bajo has mostly served as a gateways to other islands, most commonly Komodo, known for the Komodo dragon lizards. However, in line with Indonesia’s strategy to develop new destinations for visitors, more and more people now explore Flores and what it has to offer.
One hidden gem on island of Flores is the ancient Wae Rebo village, only accessible by a several hour hike up the mountain. It lies some 108 km from Labuan Bajo and is situated 1,200 metres above sea level, deep in the Todo rainforest.
The 1,500 year old village, with a modest population of 50, recently received an award and recognition by UNESCO.
Just reaching Wae Rebo is part of the adventure and experience itself. It starts with a five hour drive from Labuan Bajo to the foot of the mountain. A long, muddy and challenging climb thereafter awaits up the mountain and through the rainforest like vegetation
Upon arriving, you are greeted by the village elder in a welcoming ceremony in the main building.
The village itself comprises of seven conical shaped huts (or Mbaru Niang) which hold up to eight families each. Wae Rebo is the only village that continues to these type of building. Each house has five levels, with each level designated for a specific purpose.
For a small fee, visitors can stay overnight, and enjoy traditional food, and the star filled sky, in what is a truly unique and special experience. The village hosts up to 20 tourists, with some staying for as long as one week.