Sunday, April 24, 2016

Flores: Overland Adventure

Here comes to the last of my series of photos from our little adventure to Flores in 2014, I can't believe it is 1.5 years already since we have the trip. After spending several days in the sea of Komodo National Park, we finally returned ashore to the port of Labuan Bajo. From there we continued on buy car to reach Kelimutu Lake but stopping by several places along the road: Wae Rebo Village, Bena Village, and Kelimutu Lake.
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One of the main highlights of this trip, and the main reason I went to Flores is the chance to visit Wae Rebo Village. I've been wanting to visit Wae Rebo since 2011 but the opportunity never come until 2014. Wae Rebo is a remote village located in a forest 8 hours drive from Labuan Bajo, we cannot directly go there by car. The closest we get to Wae Rebo by car is to Ruteng Village, from there we can reach Wae Rebo by walking for 3-5 hours, the trek itself is not difficult and quite easy to navigate although hiring a local guide is recommended as you'd need a guide to be introduced to the Wae Rebo chieftain. All visitors both Indonesians and Foreigners alike are required to be 'initiated' before spending the night in the village, the visitors then will spend the night in a building called 'Mbaru Niang'. The sights of the starry night and the glorious morning in the village is one sight to behold,not to mention the smiles of the villagers, the memory will last a lifetime!

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