Wae Rebo is a traditional village located in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Wae rebo is known as a village on a cloud, wae rebo is at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level and is surrounded by very natural hills. UNESCO stated that wae rebo as a cultural heritage in August 2012 set aside 42 other countries.
Wae Rebo village is a village that resides in a community and is not only used as a residence, for the people of Wae Rebo, a house is a part of themselves. Where every traditional house in this village has a special function and everything has meaning. The villagers of Wae Rebo have the confidence they must carry out in their homes, like fire, for the people of Wae Rebo, fire is a source of life which is the main thing.
Although the location is far and difficult to reach, the village of Wae Rebo is very well known especially by foreign tourists, because it has a very high attraction. Like other traditional houses in Indonesia, the villagers of Wae Rebo also consider their homes as clothes or self-identities, which become a unity and cannot be separated from their lives. The form of cone-shaped traditional wae rebo village houses and roofs made from palm leaves, and has its own uniqueness that symbolizes the peace and unity of the people. Wae rebo village is included in the list of the highest villages in Indonesia, wae rebo village is often decorated with fog, because of its location at an altitude.
Although Wae Rebo is located in eastern Indonesia, it turns out the people are descendants of Minang, from West Sumatra. “Empo maro” is the ancestor of the community of Wae Rebo village from Minangkabau, who migrated to Flores and moved around, until finally settling in the area which is now the village of Wae Rebo.
To reach the village of Wae Rebo, tourists have to travel about 6 km from the village of Dintor to the village of denge, using a motorbike. The journey from denge to wae rebo village, tourists must do trekking for two to three hours through quite difficult terrain and surrounded by dense forests that are still very natural, it is advisable to hire a guide. And try to stay at Wae Rebo, besides enjoy natural beauty, tourists can feel the uniqueness of culture, customs, friendliness of citizens and local wisdom that still feels thick in this village.