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Traditional Villages

tours-image01Bena Traditional Village

Bena Village is the most famous and also most visited village in the Ngada district. With its impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines, as well as traditional houses, Bena has turned into a signpost for Ngada culture. The village consists of two parallel rows of traditional, high thatch-roofed houses. Highly visible in the center of the village are ngadhu and bhaga, pairs of shrines – one for each clan of the village – representing the clan’s ancestors. See Bena Village on YouTube

jopu-tourimage1Jopu Traditional Village

Jopu Village is an ancient village that consists of three small tribes: Suka Lumba, Ambulaba, and Amburai. Each tribe has tokoh adat (prominent figures) who decide the rules the villagers must obey. The village is very religious (animistic) and villagers believe in many spirits. The ancient adat house has remained unchanged except for the grass roof for many years, some for centuries. Jopu is famous for the tenun ika (ikat weaving), a special dyeing and weaving process used to pattern textiles.

luba-tourimage2Luba Traditional Village

Luba Village is a small, quiet village of about 200 villagers near the town of Bajawa. A visit to Luba Village is combined with Bena Village. The two villages are about 300 meters (1/4 mi) apart. See Luba Village on Youtube


ruteng-tourimage2Ruteng Pu’u Traditional Village

The traditional village of Ruteng Pu’u is one of the most popular places to see the traditional compang, a round, stone platform surrounded by a circle of stones and traditional houses. The compang is the center of traditional ceremonies and rituals, e.g., for sacrificial offerings.


saga-tourimageSaga Traditional Village

The people living in Saga belong to the Lio tribe, a mountain tribe as contrasted to the Ende tribe living at the coast and in Wolotopo. Indeed Saga is built on a steep slope, and walking around one needs to negotiate some ingenious stairs. See Saga Village on YouTube


tado-tourimageTado Traditional Village

Tado Village, located 45km (27 mi) east of Labuan Bajo, is one of the best places to get a hands-on experience of the long-standing Manggaraian way of life. You will be able to join exciting ecotourism activities such as pandan mat weaving, preparation of traditional medicines, dishes made from coconut husks, cooking and preparation of traditional foods, rope-making using sugar-palm fibers, local ancestral rites tied to rice agriculture, consumption of edible insects, weaving of bamboo baskets, and carving of children’s wooden toys. You can also observe the legendary Manggarai Caci performance.

todo-tourimageTodo Traditional Village

The village of Todo in South Central Manggarai is located off the main road from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng. In the past, Todo was also the centre of the Manggaraian kingdom and the home of the royal clan. It is a traditional village of the Manggarai hill people; “traditional” meaning a village with a Rumah Adat, a tall traditional house with a high thatched roof and a wood-carved opening, where ancestors are being worshiped.

waerebo-tourimageWae Rebo Traditional Village

Wae Rebo is a village that still lives and preserves the ancient way of living, staying in cone-shaped houses. When you visit Wae Rebo, you will not only see the authentic Manggaraian housing, but also get an opportunity to experience the daily life of the local people. Most of the people work in their gardens from early morning until dawn, busy with harvesting coffee and processing the beans. Even though weaving is not a major activity in Wae Rebo, you may encounter some women weaving traditional songket cloth. There is a 3-4 hour hike to the village. See Wae Rebo Village on YouTube

wolotopo-tourimageWolotopo Traditional Village

Wolotopo is a rather large and lively village built into a steep hillside. The villagers still strongly adhere to their adat (traditional code governing all aspects of personal conduct) and keep their traditional ceremonial houses in good shape. These houses are not only a relic of history but are also still inhabited by several families. Taking a stroll around the village, you will get an idea of the local daily activities – above all ikat weaving, which is practiced by almost every household – and the interplay of adat and Christian beliefs, expressed in the mix of traditional and Catholic graves.