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Friday, October 30, 2015

Flores: An Overland Trip

Last year when I had Komodo Sailing Trip, actually I really wanted to continue exploring Flores but what could I do that I didn't have enough annual leave at that time.

Now, it's kind of a revenge! When Wuri of Wuki Traveller offered me an open trip, I just instantly accepted it.

The trip was started on October 14 from Labuan Bajo and it ended on October 17 at Ende with connecting flights through Denpasar, Bali.

Day 1: 
Jakarta - Labuan Bajo, stay overnight

Day 2: 
Early morning we headed to Denge Village in order to access Waerebo or Wae Rebo Village. After a 6-hour drive, we stopped by the lodge of Pak Blassius to get guidance how to reach Waerebo. The 3-hour trekking uphill through the rain forest was tough for a weakling like me.

At 6 pm, we were welcomed by an elder of Wae Rebo Village, warm one that charmed me to the fullest. "Once you are here, you are no longer people from Jakarta or Surabaya or anywhere else. But you are the people of Wae Rebo until you leave this place."

At night before the dinner time, I encouraged myself to take a bath with cold mountain water. Surprisingly, I didn't feel cold, it was so fresh instead!

Day 3:
After getting caught up in the mesmerizing moment of capturing sunrise at Wae Rebo before hiking down the trail, we headed to Desa Bena for a splendid view of megalithic village in Ngada district, 16km from Bajawa at the foot of Mount Inerie. Luckily, we came at the same time of a ceremony when animals (buffalos and pigs) were sacrificed by men of the village to be then cooked and shared all in a big feast. Before that, we stopped by the spider web rice fields in Cancar.

In the afternoon, we got soaked at Malanage Hot Spring, a natural hot spring not too far from Bena Village.

Day 4:
At around 3.45 am, we left the guesthouse at Desa Moni, a small village about 50km east of Ende, for Kelimutu, a three-colored crater lakes. No long trekking needed to reach the summit after an 1-hour drive, just a 30-minute normal walk. Make sure to get some money with you because you may find some sellers with nice yarn-dyed hand-woven fabrics that are familiarly called "tenun ikat" around the parking area. I got some scarves and a sarong with nice price.

Day 5:
Leaving Ende early in the morning with first flight of Wings Air to Jakarta through Denpasar.

The whole 7 mbaru niangs which mean drum houses in Manggaraian language. Four of them were renovated by Indonesian Government and a team of Jakarta-based architects in 2009 until 2011. 1st floor is called lutur, used for daily activities such as eating, sleeping, cooking, etc. 2nd floor is called lobo, as food storage. 3rd floor is called lentar, as seed storage. 4th floor is called lempa rae, a place to store raw food for a long period of time. 5th floor is called hekang kode or monkey's house, used for ancam bobong ceremony. . . . #waerebo #Manggarai #flores #eastIndonesia #NTT #nusatenggaratimur #visitflores #exploreflores #visitindonesia #visitflores #indonesia #indonesiakaya #iloveindonesia #travelfreak #travelgram #instatravel #overlandflores #trip #trekking #thelifecycleoflil #worldheritage #heritagesite #mbaruniang
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It's okay we failed to capture the sunrise even though we had been waiting since 4 am today. But finally we could see the entire Waerebo village clearly after getting postponed since our arrival last night because it was too dark to record anything. Waerebo or Wae Rebo with its 7 traditional houses has been considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Getting there is not easy. A 3-hour trekking is the only way to get there because the village is only reachable by foot with a tough trail. But before that, a 6-hour drive from Labuan Bajo to reach Denge Village is needed. . . . #waerebo #Manggarai #flores #overland #overlandflores #trekking #getaway #instatravel #indonesia #NTT #indonesiaindah #worldheritage #heritagesite #worldheritagesite #traditionalhouses #awesomemoment #wonderfulIndonesia #lifecycleoflil #exploreindonesia #exploreflores #NTT #NusaTenggaraTimur #wonderfulindonesia #trip #overlandtrip #pesonaindonesia #banggaindonesia #visitindonesia
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The animal sacrifice in Bena Village, I'm sorry for posting that you might find this brutal

Next time I will pick a non-holiday time to avoid crowds, in order to get best pictures with better angle

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