Wae Rebo

the area surrounding Labuan Bajo is filled with amazing historical and cultural destinations. Among the most famous and unique are the traditional architectural wonders of the Manggarai houses.  In only a few places do they still exist. Wae Rebo is the best existing example. These traditional house were prevalent in nearly all the Manggarai district. However – starting in 1970’s, the national government campaigned communities like these to leave their mountain lands for the lowland communities. And thus began the waning influence of Manggarai traditional housing.

Now the few remaining houses – known as “Mbaru Niang” exist in the village of Wae Rebo. To go to the village of Wae Rebo is not easy, which can not be accessed vehicles due to lack of roads. The visitor must use steep footpaths, along the sides of a steep ravine. The trail is still rocky, combined with the chirping of birds, the cold and clouds shrouded in fog, and the number of insects, make the journey to the village of Wae Rebo feel challenging.

Wae Rebo seems invisible from the casual observer –  with tropical rain mountains and green valleys enfold warm this village. Is Wae Rebo, a hamlet which became the only place keeping the rest of traditional architecture Manggarai culture that is increasingly threatened by dwindling population and lost wisdom. Why the houses are conical and of which the origin is still a big question mark, except for a piece of information from the narrative tradition of their own community who is the 18th generation.

Wae Rebo - great tour near labuan bajo

Wae Rebo – amazing cultural heritage

Wae Rebo is in Manggarai regency, precisely in the District Satarmese West, Village Satar Lenda. Here, a village with other villages farther apart gaping valley between hills veiled mist at the end of the tree. Hamlet Wae Rebo so remote that villagers in one district are still many who do not recognize the existence of this village. Such as Denge village, the nearest village to Wae Rebo has not fully become a neighboring village because it has not all been to Wae Rebo. While the citizens of the Netherlands, France, Germany, to the United States and some Asian countries have been very stunned beauty of her home village as an umbrella made ​​of palm leaves or thatch called mbaru niang.
No kidding it takes approximately 3-4 hours for first time visitors, while the villagers Wae Rebo only takes 2 hours. Trails can be  steep and slippery turns complicate visitors go there. Actually, the government offered to help repair roads and educational facilities, but people reject it and face Wae Rebo wants to preserve the culture. In the year 2012, the village of Wae Rebo received the highest award (Award of Excellence) UNESCO Asia Pacific Award 2012. The award was announced in Bangkok , August 27 earmarked for conservation projects in the last 10 years for the old building more than 50 years old.
Conservation of traditional house Mbaru Niang, mentioned UNESCO has managed to protect the conservation issues in the broad coverage at the local level. Conservation projects conical custom home is not merely maintain the existence of traditional houses as an inanimate object, but at the same time preserving the integrity of the local tradition.

Wae Rebo village so familiar to foreign wiastawan, while for the people of Indonesia are less attracted attention. Perhaps because of the human factor Indonesia prefers playing tour, so ignoring cultural tourism. Surprisingly again se subdistrict where lies the village of Wae Rebo was, when asked still many who have never been there.

Flights from anywhere down to Labuhan Bajo or Airport Airport Satar Tacik Ruteng. Arriving in Ruteng, Manggarai Capital, you can rent rose otto travel or timber to the District Satar Mese West. Arriving in Satar Mese West heading to the village Denge (Denge village is the village dismissal terakir heading Wae Rebo).

To visit Wae Rebo – you need experienced guides. Safety and skills are essential in these remote areas. The best option is the Wae Rebo Tour through the guys at Wicked Adventures.

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Please note that Labuan Bajo is a developing area. Guidebooks like Lonely Planet are wildly out of date and inaccurate.

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