Staying at Wae Rebo Lodge in Dintor
We arrived near the foot of Wae Rebo mountain at night in Dintor. Dintor is located 4 KM from the last stop before Wae Rebo mountain, Denge Village. After a long drive from Ende and have our itinerary scheduled to experience Wae Rebo tomorrow, we knew we had to rest well to prepare for tomorrow’s hike. So we stayed overnight at the Wae Rebo Lodge in Dintor before we make the climb tomorrow.
The next in the morning, I just realized awesome the lodge is located as it is located in the middle of the rice paddy fields with nice views on the sea and mountains. The rooms were basic though, but the most important part is that it’s clean.
Pro trip, if you decide to spend your stay here, talk a lot to the locals. The owner was really friendly as he tells us stories about the history around the area.
Price: Rp 200,000/night (Per my visit in September 2015, price includes breakfast)
Contact: 0852 39344046 (Pak Martinus), firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiking to Wae Rebo Village
Activities in Wae Rebo Village
It all started in 2007, when a local NGO called Indonesian Ecotourism Network (Indecon) initiated the refrubishment for Mbaru Niang house, along with other donors and most importantly the Wae Rebo community. The role of Wae Rebo community is crucial to maintain the authenticity of the traditional construction. So the Mbaru Niang was actually furbished to a modern one from the traditional. As the tourism potential kept growing, the Wae Rebo people become more aware of the potential of Wae Rebo as an eco-tourism destination.
The story that inspired me is how this village is developed from a traditional in an isolated mountain, to a UNESCO’s Award of Excellence – the highest award for cultural heritage conservation.
Here is our experience in the village:
1. When you arrived, a bell will be pronounced as a sign that a visitor is coming. You will see that Wae Rebo is situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery.
2. By the time we arrived on Wae Rebo, our local guide takes us to a spot to see overview of the village from above. We did see it clearly just minutes before the misty cloud covers the view again. Again, it’s better for you to go here early in the morning to avoid the fog going out of the way.
3. You will see that Wae Rebo basically only has 7 main houses. The traditional cone shaped houses is called Mbaru Niang. At that time, it was very hot outside, but then we entered Mbaru Niang house, suddenly it felt really cool and mild. Our local guide said that’s because the circular architecture design whom are not only beautiful on the outside, but also usable. The lodge comprises of stage house supported with base topped with wooden materials for the walls. These houses are said to be environmentally friendly.
4. You will be given the opportunity to see the everyday life of the local community. The villagers does their daily life activities, and is famous for their coffee farming called Robusta, Arabica and so on. Every Sunday, locals often went to weekly market in Dinthor to sell these coffee beans they plant themselves. Even when they’re used to having tourist, we can need to take pictures while respecting ‘em!
5. The mothers also crafted handmade Tenun Fabrics (Kain Tenun) with Flores patterns (each tenun fabric in East Nusa Tenggara area are usually made to be different!). It usually costs starting from Rp 300,000, depending on the difficulty of the creation process.
How to get There
– From Labuan Bajo, you can go to Ruteng all the way to Dintor by land for 7 hours. You can either rent a a car or take a public bus from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng
– From Kelimutu National Park, you can go to Dintor as well and it will take you around 12 hours.