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Review of Wae Rebo Village

Wae Rebo Village
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Ruteng
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Manado, Indonesia
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“Experience of a lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited June 2014
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Makati, Philippines
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“Amazing houses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

We hired a guide for a day, and we traveled early at 7am and we trek for 4 hours. It was so tiring and the weather was good. When we arrived in the village it was so beautiful. We went to the Genda house to pay respect to their ancestors and give a donation. We went to the guesthouse and it was nice. We ate our lunch there and pay 100,000 Rp each.
We were so happy visited that place, but if you are not fund of exploring place don't go.

Visited January 2014
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jakarta
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

The 3-4 hours trek from Denge is not difficult but start early if not overnight in Waerebo. The location is superb and the locals are very friendly. Please be aware of adat values of the village.

Visited November 2013
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Bali, Indonesia
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“The wonderful of Wae rebo village, Flores indonesia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

really friendly people, best view, good culture, all is awesome. we have to go there next time.
this my favorit place to visit..

Visited May 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Incredible Wae Rebo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Wae Rebo village is one of world heritage site in Indonesia. The location almost on the top of the mountain. We must hiking 9 km or almost 4 hours. Tough right? Lol. I suggest you for not bring so many things. The place is more than beautiful. The people are nice and they still keep their traditional life. And don't forget to try traditional coffee there. It's so great for black coffee lover. This coffee is fresh due to made by themselves from their garden. Overall, you have to go there guys. Feel the adventure!

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