Wae Rebo Village

Wae Rebo Village is the Manggarai ethnic traditional village in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. This village is located on the West Flores, Manggarai Recency. It uniques traditional houses which are consists of 7 houses.

Situated surrounded by beautiful hills, foggy morning, it shows you the amazing sight, especially in the morning. The houses are handmade architecture from the classic wooden with the palm fiber roof.

These 7 cone-shaped houses will give an impression and a meaningful story of the Manggarai tribe. In general, these houses are also found in the other villages around the Manggarai district. Every village in Manggaran has at least have one each as Mbaru Gendang.

Getting to Wae Rebo Village

When you want to visit the village, all you need to do is prepare your self physically. The distance of this village is about 6 hours from Labuan Bajo, including the 3 hours trek from Denge village. Denge Village is the village where you will get off the car and start the 3 hours trek.

The best way to visit the village is by joining the Flores tour package from Labuan Bajo. The tour package will include a visit to some of the places such as the spider rice field. You will also enjoy the view of the biggest rice field in Lembor on the way back to Labuan Bajo.

Accommodation and Restaurant

There is no accommodation such as hotels or homestay in Wae Rebo. The only one you can see is a homestay in Denge village. The homestay is providing for transit before getting to Wae Rebo.

When you are in Wae Rebo, you will stay in one of these traditional houses. Meals are provided in a traditional way and much Indonesian taste. No restaurant at all here, you will taste Manggarai traditional coffee.

Traditional Welcome Ceremonial

As part of the Manggarai tribe, the villagers also welcome you in a traditional way. The first thing when you get to Wae Rebo is you have to Pa'u Lu'u. This tradition is intended to respect the Empo (ancestors) or people who died from the village. You will have to give some money to the much you want.

The village chief will welcome you to Mbaru Gendang (the meeting house). He will do Torok (tell the Empo or ancestors) that you are coming to visit the village. Neka langep agu neka babang means do not surprise and do not disturb, you are coming for good.

The Biggest Traditional Ceremonial

The biggest ceremony is Penti Ceremony which held every 5 years. Penti is a really important event in Manggarai. The meaning of this event is "Thanks Giving Party" for their harvest of the years. 

In this Penti time, all Manggarain are together in their small tribe or family. This Penti also held in Wae Rebo, they celebrate it together. Kill animals like buffalo, chicken, pig and other animals.

They also show traditional dancing called "Caci" this dance show the attractiveness of whip fighting dance to each man in Manggarai. This dance can play by two gentlemen from a different village.

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