After exploring Komodo National Park (You can read the story here), I moved on to explore the mainland of Flores Island. The first destination which is on top of my list would be visiting Wae Rebo Traditional Village in order to experience the real lifestyle of the local people.
The Traditional Village of Wae Rebo. Located on the valley of the highland of Manggarai District on the island of Flores. Because of its extremely remote location, The only way to visit this beautiful village would be hiking/trekking/walking through the thick forest for about 4.7km(9.7km both way).
After arriving to the village, you will need to do welcome ceremony with the head chief of the village and have permission to do some sightseeing activities like taking photos and also stay overnight there. The chief will even wish that you will have a great time during your stay here.
You can even stay overnight inside one of the houses specifically prepared for visitors/tourist.
The village received UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in 2012.
The village will have a brief electricity from the generator from 6pm to 10pm, then everything went dark. But, if you are lucky, try to go outside and look up to the sky. When the sky is clear and the moon is still in its new phase, you will see many stars and also the Milky way.
During the morning, there will be many activities for you to explore. Enjoy the sunrise, or in my case, talk with the locals and observe their morning activities. Here you will see the local cinnamon farmers drying the cinnamon before moving on to the next process.
It was a very unique experience after all, even though the hike and trekking is extremely hard at first, but with that Milky Way view, everything is definitely worth it. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to witness the star show to cure your fatigue and tiredness from the whole trip.
Wait for my next post overland of Flores!.