All 9 of us disembark from mv blue dragon after 5 days of diving in the southern part of Komodo and with two vans we hit the road approximately at 02.00 am heading to Dintor village for our breakfast at Pak Martin's place. After a long ride we finally arrived around 7.30 in the morning. Breakfast was done in about 1 hour, we then put our running shoes on, backpack, and camera ready, we continue our journey with the vans for another 25 minutes ride to Denge village, the last village before the hike begins to Wae Rebo. After final check done by our guide, Pak Yos, and three porters, we commence the hike to Wae Rebo all full of confidence that we will get there despite the demanding route to the village. We get to the first rest area in three groups. To get here was a struggle but with a strong determination we can all manage. I met with another group on their way down also taking a rest at the first resting area and one of them remind me to go slow and sit or rest on any stone i can find on my way to the second rest area. Minutes later we all continue our journey, and from this point to the Second rest area (plus another 400 meters forward), it was a uphill trek and i mean UPHILL trek all the way. This is the hardest section of the entire trekking. This time around i and another member of the team reached the second post first. I can not describe how happy i felt to be able to get to this stage. While waiting for the others to arrive we took time to take pictures of the superb view of the last village we visited and the gorges. At this stage we are approximately at 1500 meters above sea level. Then our guide and the rest of the group arrived bringing the much needed snacks and extra water, as i have emptied my bottled since half way to this point. "Next stop is at rest area number three, where from there you can see the Wae Rebo village below you. Prepare yourself for an easy walk since after the first 400 meters of UPHILL trekking, it will be an easy stroll downhill all the way to the rest area number 3.", our guide speaking. To me, it would have been better if they had set the second rest area at 400 meters forward after all of the uphill trekking from the first rest area. This way there will be no more uphill track to the third rest area. But i supposed they did what they did because of the view is a lot nicer from where the current second rest area is located. So we move on, continue to walk on a narrow path passing a bamboo bridge, breathtaking view of ravine and valleys, and into the third rest area where our guide asked us to stay for a while despite of the fact that we are only 500 meters downhill to the Wae Rebo village. He did that so that we can take pictures and for he to sound the traditional bamboo tools to alert the people of Wae Rebo that they have guests visiting.
In no time we finally arrived at the site, spectacular, breathtaking view, ancient civilizations, familiar body posture, no antennae nor fins nor big black eyes, only recognizable language, our brothers and sisters of the same creator, presented right in front of our eyes. All of the children stop playing and greet us with hello, big smile, hand forward with warm shake, we have arrived at Wae Rebo an old Manggarian village with its traditions and values preserved to this date. I felt so lucky to be able to visit and get to know these people in my lifetime. No more of the sore feet and aching body, instead the feeling of joy and gratefulness surround me. The chief welcomes us so warmly and so the rest of the community. The coffee was the best i had. It is local grown and in fact this very coffee has become their backbone to support their existence, their traditions, and their wisdom. The children goes to school continue their education outside the village only to enrich their values to preserved their traditions. Food are plenty and all can be found just around the village. We slept on the mbaru niang, a structure of no comparison, one that have been their house for more than 18 generations. The way down was a breeze, it took me 2 hour flat, half the time needed going up. Lunch was ready at Pak Martin's place, and as always warm welcome and big smiles from member of his family member greets us. Folks, although the trekking was difficult it was all worth it. Go ahead get yourself ready for this adventure.
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