Wae Rebo, an old Manggaraian village, is worth to visit. Situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery, this village offers visitors a unique opportunity to see authentic Manggarai housing and to experience the everyday life of the local community.
Situated on 1000m above sea level, Wae Rebo Village is isolated from outside world in the mountainous area of Manggarai. The village is reachable by a 4 hours hike from the nearest village. Along the way, you may hear a population of singing birds, passing coffee and chocolate plantations and see many Flores biodiversity.
When you reach the gate of the village, you are required to ring the bamboo bell to let the villagers know that there are visitors coming to the village. A traditional welcome ceremony called Waelu will be performed by the Chief tribe, praying for the goodness and safety.
In the village of Wae Rebo, visitors can see "mbaru niang" – traditional, circular cone-shaped houses with very unique architecture. Nowadays, it is still a place to hold meetings, rituals and Sunday-morning prayers together. This cone-shaped house is an authentic Manggarai housing, belongs to Wae Rebo village of Flores island. There are 7 traditional houses, 6 house for the locals and 1 house for visitors. Each house has 5 stories: the bottom is used for living place and the top four for storage.
In 2012 Waerebo received an Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the culture and tourism category at UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation - which is the highest award for cultural heritage conservation, put it on the list as one of the must-visit places in Flores Island.
Considering the difficult access, an overnight stay in the local house is required. Spending a night with the villagers is a good opportunity to have a local experience and to learn more about the culture and tradition.