Located in the stunning mountains of the Flores Islands, the beautiful village of Wae Rebo is a must-see UNESCO heritage site famous for its iconic Mbaru Niang traditional houses.
It’s unlike any other village in Indonesia — located almost 1,100 above sea level, the village of Wae Rebo welcomes its guests with the cool mountain breeze, panoramic vistas of rich vegetations and different flora and faunas, and songs of birds chirping in the distance. But its beauty isn’t the only thing that made it famous — in 2012, the simple Wae Rebo became a recipient of UNESCO’s Top Excellent Award for heritage thanks to the tall, conical shaped Mbaru Niang houses that symbolize community cooperation within the village. Each house has a story to tell and visiting Wae Rebo won’t only let you know those stories, but it would also give you a chance to see and discover the rich and diverse cultures present in Indonesia.
Wae Rebo Village is located at Manggarai district, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.
Opening Days and Hours
The village can be accessed anytime but the safest way to go is to visit it during day time.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Tourists need to pay IDR 200,000 (USD 14) to enter the village. Additional IDR 50,000 (USD 3.5) for donation.
How to Get There
- From Labuan Bajo, board a bus or a shuttle to Ruteng.
- From Ruteng, drive in the highway west of Ruteng to reach Denge.
- From Denge, hike all the way up to Wae Rebo (3-4 hours hike).
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
It’s best to spend the night in Wae Rebo so you can fully experience their village life.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Wae Rebo is between April and September. Since you are going to spend a considerable amount of time hiking, it’s safest to go during the summer.
- Village ceremonies
For tourists staying the night, three meals are included in their entrance fee.
- Todo Traditional Village
For IDR 325,000 (USD 22.75) tourists can spend the night in Wae Rebo Village.