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Flores & Wae Rebo: Ancient Tribes & Village Above the Clouds

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Explore Flores & Wae Rebo in this one-week trip! Hike the Mt. Kelimutu with its three volcanic lakes that constantly change color, and witness a breathtaking sunrise view from the top. Walk around the traditional village of Todolela with megalithic tombs, see the wonderful spider-web shaped rice fields in Cara village, taste a traditionally brewed palm liquor called Arak in Aimere village. On the highland of the western part of Flores island, you will find the village above the clouds, it is what they call Wae Rebo. Cold morning breeze combined with warm sunshine and breathtaking hilly views will welcome you as you climb up hill.

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Maumere, Flores (MOF)
Itinerary: Flores & Wae Rebo Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL MAUMERE - MONI       ▼

Welcome to Maumere, the capital of Flores! This is the starting point of our Flores Wae Rebo tour. Meet and greet with our friendly guide at the airport, then we will drive to Moni village. We will go from East to West through the famous and only road that crosses the island. It is known among locals as the “Transflores”. It takes about 4 hours driving, but we can make some stops on the way to Moni to make the journey more bearable.

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Kelimutu Eco Lodge

DAY 2:MONI - KELIMUTU VOLCANO - BAJAWA       ▼

Today we will get up early to see the sunrise at the top of the Kelimutu, one of the highlights of this Flores Wae Rebo tour. It is a large volcano, which we access practically by car only until the last 20 minutes, which will have to walk in the fields to reach the volcano. Upon reaching the top, we can see 3 craters, which have become three lakes, of different colors. One black, one yellow and one a little purple, but the magnificent thing is that they change color, especially at dawn! Take a coat, because sometimes it is a bit cold while we wait for the sunrise.

After admiring the natural wonder, we head to Bajawa. In the vicinity of our hotel in Moni, we will be able to do some stops between the villages, where we can see how most of the women make Sarongs with the looms, in a totally traditional way. We can also pass by a waterfall in the surroundings of the town.

On the way to Bajawa we will stop in an immense bay open to the Indian Ocean, the city of Ende. There where we will have lunch, visit the market, etc. On the outskirts of Ende, we will make stops in Wogo traditional village to see the way of life of the locals, and also Penggajawa to see a cove called the Blue Stones Beach (although the stones found in the area are actually green). There we will see dozens of workers, collecting stones and classifying them to later be exported, due to the beauty they represent for gardens in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Bintang Wisata Hotel

DAY 3:BAWAJA - BENA - RUTENG       ▼

Today in the morning, we will go to see a second-class Kelimutu, a volcano called Wawo Muda. It is a walk of an hour and a half to go up and an hour to go down. Here you can see some incredible scenery of Bajawa, Inerie volcano, Ebulobo volcano as well as beautiful sunrise.

Then we return to the hotel for breakfast, take shower, and we leave to see Ngada tribe. They still have animistic beliefs and they live in some peculiar houses.

We will make a stop in a town called Bena, one of the best known traditional villages of Flores, belonging to Ngada tribe. Tribes that despite being Christianized, they still maintain their animistic beliefs. There you can see the way of life of the Bajawa people. In the village complex they have all the houses with the doors open towards the Ngadhu and Bhaga (Man and Woman) temples. Altars that they use both to bless the town and for the harvest, as they represent their ancestors.

After having lunch in Bajawa, our new and long drive begins, around another 4-5 hours until we reach Ruteng. But we will stop in a traditional town, called Aimere, where we will see and (those who want to try) how the palm liquor is distilled, called Arak.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: SMBC Guest House

DAY 4:RUTENG - NARANG - DENGE       ▼

After breakfast, drive to south coast Denge village. En route to Denge, we will visit Cara village in Cancar area to see the unexposed world wonder “Lingko” – a spider web shape rice fields. It’s probably the only such a rice field ever exist on earth. Then we go about 5-6 hours by car, bordering the south coast of Flores, overlooking the Sea of ​​Saba, to arrive at the time to go inland, to reach a town called Dengue. There we will be welcomed the mayor of the town, and we will sleep in his house, which has prepared some rooms for us, with mattresses on the floor.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 5:DENGE - WAE REBO VILLAGE       ▼

After having breakfast in Denge village guest house, trekking to Wae Rebo – the oldest traditional village of Manggarainese, main highlight of this Flores Wae Rebo tour. The rain forest along the trek to Waerebo is one of the wealthiest areas in Indonesia in biological terms. The forest is simply like a huge Garden of Eden. The walk through the forest with deferent vegetation is of great interest, from the families of orchids, palms, ferns, etc.

Natural voice of various type singing birds will entertain you along the trip. The clear and fresh water river on the way up to the village is a good point to take rest. In the village of Waerebo, visitor can see conical houses, which one of it is a ‘drum house’ with very unique architectures, place for holding meetings, rituals and Sunday morning prayers. The drum house is a communal building for a clan or clan branch, symbolizing the ideal unity of matrilineal descent.

The view along the trek to down land area is spectacular. The place has been developed as tourism site; sleeping on the traditional house and having local cuisine together with local community is very wonderful and unforgettable moment for the visitor. If the whether permits, we can go for an afternoon trekking around the plantations (coffee, vanilla, cacao, cassava, etc.) of Denge community. Dinner and overnight at the traditional house, under the continuous gaze of about 50 more inhabitants of the house.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Traditional House

DAY 6:WAEREBO - DENGE - NARANG - LABUAN BAJO       ▼

After breakfast we start the march to Denge where we continue to Labuan Bajo – the western tip of the island of Flores. Along the way stops will be made at Iteng/Narang where you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the lush and dry rice paddies in the background, and other places according to local events. Stop at Waeramu beach for swimming, enjoy picnic lunch. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Labuan Bajo.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Puri Sari Beach Hotel

DAY 7:END OF TRIP       ▼

Your adventure can continue for a little bit longer on this last day of the trip, but only if you still have time prior to your flight (situational). After breakfast, we can go to see Batu Cermin (cave of mirrors). Then at around noon we continue to Labuan Bajo airport to take your flight. Thank you for enjoying overland Flores Wae Rebo tour with Come2Indonesia. We wait for you on another excursion with us. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos: Flores & Wae Rebo Tour

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Surcharge for Sunday or national holiday in Komodo: IDR 100,000/person/day
  • Porter(s) for your luggage (available at extra cost)
  • Flights
  • Visa & airport tax
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Flores & Wae Rebo Tour

FAQ

How do I get to Maumere?

Currently, local direct flights to Maumere (MDC) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). These are where most international routes arrive and depart. Denpasar is more convenient with direct flight available to Maumere. From Jakarta, the flight will have transit in Denpasar and use the same direct flight.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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