A good 2.5 hrs trek through the rainforest, from the bottom to the Wae Rebo village. We were... read more
I make my way to Ruteng and then used public transport (oto kayu) to Denge with the help of a local. From where I alighted at Denge, I took an ojek (motorbike taxi) to the start of the trail. There, I met a group of four... More
I make my way to Ruteng and then used public transport (oto kayu) to Denge with the help of a local. From where I alighted at Denge, I took an ojek (motorbike taxi) to the start of the trail. There, I met a group of four locals who were going home to Wae Rebo with their groceries from their marketing trip in Denge. I walked up with them. They can help to carry your bag for a fee. (They need the money.) I did not make any reservation at all. I “walked in” because it was the low season in November last year. You can easily book a tour to Wae Rebo from Labuan Bajo or ask the staff at the guesthouse/ hotel in Ruteng about tours there. But the tour can be expensive if there isn’t anyone else going that way and u have to bear the cost of transport and guide all by yourself. Happened to me because I was there during the low season and two ladies backed out last minute; so I decided to travel like a local - oto kayu truck and ojek - to the trail head. It takes about six to seven hours to get to the trail head from Labuan Bajo and so it makes sense to stay overnight at Ruteng and start from there. However, if u want to be fully guided from Labuan Bajo, u can go to Alexander Tours and speak to Yunita, the agency owner. She can help. There is no need to make any reservation because all guests sleep in the same guest house - big space without partition - which can accommodate a fairly large number of people. There are visitors who do it as a day trip but I would highly recommend an overnight stay as u get to see the traditional way of life thatnis still being practised in this village. Standard price for overnight stay: 325,000 Rupiah per visitor (charged by the village) and this includes meals and local coffee, a mattress and a blanket (for overnight stayer) I learned that it could be noisy during high season because there are travellers who snored. Remember: it is one big hut without partition nor curtain. U must be comfortable sleeping next to strangers during high season. Low season while I was there? There were only three of us in the big hut. If there is any other info u need, just let me know. U will like the place and the people. It is one of the most well-organised and sustainable tourist-centered village that I have visited in Flores. I was lucky that I met many “angels” along the way and I did it the local way because I was running out of cash and credit cards are of no use except for withdrawing expensive cash at ATMs. 🤣🤣🤣IT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE PART of my three week stay on the island.