Wae Rebo Village

July 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Wae Rebo Village
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The island of Flores, East Nusa teneggara, has recently received the Top Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards. Wae Rebo is a small and remote village.  Located some 1,100 meters above sea level, where the air is cool.

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The village completely surrounded by panoramic mountains and the dense Todo forest. This tropical forest is rich in vegetation, where you will find orchids, different types of ferns and hear the chirping of many songbirds. It can be reached around 4 hours hike from main road. The hike is definitly worth the effort, the dense rain forest along the narrow path to wae rebo is one of stunning biological diversity.

Wae Rebo’s main characteristics are their unique houses, which they call Mbaru Niang that are tall and conical in shape and are completely covered in lontar that form its rooftop down to the ground.  It appears that at one time such kind of houses were quite common to the region.  But today, it is only this village that continues to maintain the typical Manggarai traditional house, without which these unique houses would have been completely fazed out.


 

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