Share this page
or share to

Facebook

Google+

Twitter

LinkedIn

Instagram
News
A SPLENDID NIGHT IN WATURAKA VILLAGE

A highlight of our trip in Flores was definitely our visit to Waturaka, a community based tourism village near Kelimutu. The warmth and friendliness of the people made me instantly feel home. We were welcomed with big smiles as they showed us their place. With an overnight stay at one of the five homestays, you can become a part of the village life. The homestays are well equipped with water bottles, towels, tissues and other necessities. The available maps and guidebooks of Flores will help to organise your trip.

 

splendid-night-in-waturaka-village-2

 

We enjoyed a rich, delicious local dinner with fresh vegetables from their own little garden and chatted with our host parents. As the village lies up in the mountains, nights can get quite cold. The villagers are prepared for that and offered me an Ikat, which is a traditional hand-woven sarong, in order to keep the body warm. Choosing the patterns, dying the material and finally weaving the cloth is a challenging and time-consuming process and I was impressed by the variety of patterns and colours used.

 

splendid-night-in-waturaka-village-3

 

Soon it was bed time, and I had a deep, comfortable sleep until the early morning, when it was time to go to Kelimutu and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Waturaka lies very close to Kelimutu, so after a short drive and walk, we reached the top of Kelimutu. The view is just incredible and the colour of the three lakes got even more intense with the rising sun. To the amusement of the locals, I wrapped myself in the Ikat, which was really helpful against the cold, whilst I appreciated the scenery.

 

waturaka-1

 

As we went back to the village, our family welcomed us back warmly and provided us with another delicious meal. We spent the day exploring the surroundings, strolled through mountainous scenery and finally reached a beautiful Murukeba waterfall where we were able to cool down. Later on, the locals showed us their gardens where they grow different kinds of vegetables and fruits. One farmer of the village even won an award for best practice! After one last delicious meal prepared by the family and dancing along the traditional music, it was already time to say good bye. I am still impressed by the ease of the locals to welcome us to be a part of them and share their customs with us. Staying at Waturaka was a very unique experience and I will always keep it in my heart, hoping to be back soon!

 

waturaka-2

 

Article and photos by Patricia Schmid

PARTNERS
Manumadi Tour and Travel
Tour Operator
No Roads Expedition
Tour Operator
Sea Trek Sailing Adventures
Transport
Banner
Ads
Banner
Ads
Banner
Ads
you may also be interested in
Similiar Places
I USE THIS BECAUSE I CARE
“I Use This Because I Care” is the slogan of the new campaign launched by the DMO/TMO Flores/Labuan Bajo supported by Swisscontact to encourage the tourism industry, tourists as well as residents ...
SWISS GOVERNMENT TO HELP DEVEL...
Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) – The Swiss government is set to help develop tourism on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.   Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia Heinz Wal...
SWISS GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE RP...
Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) (ANTARA News) – The Swiss government will provide Rp45 billion in funds to develop tourism in Flores Island, East Nusatenggara (NTT) in an integrated way until 2...
8 Wonders of Flores
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park, located between Sumbawa and Flores, was founded in 1980 with the aim of protecting the endangered Komodo dragon. As the park is not only the last sanctuary for the Komodo dragon but also a unique area of marine biodiversity, it became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and ent...
Read more »
Bena Village
Bena Village
Bena, a community that is situated about 16km from Bajawa at the foot of Mount Inerie, 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....
Read more »
Wae Rebo Village
Wae Rebo Village
Wae Rebo is an old Manggaraian village, situated in pleasant, isolated mountain scenery. The village offers visitors a unique opportunity to see authentic Manggarai housing and to experience the everyday life of the local community. In the village of Wae Rebo, visitors can see mbaru niang – tradit...
Read more »
Kelimutu National Park
Kelimutu National Park
Mount Kelimutu, with its tri-colored crater lakes, is probably the most amazing natural phenomenon in Flores. Beyond that, the ‘steaming mountain’ is also the island’s most famous tempat angker, or mystical, haunted place. Scientific explanations aside, there are many myths about the origin o...
Read more »
Semana Santa
Semana Santa
Each year, Larantuka celebrates the Holy week known as ‘Semana Santa’. It is held during the week before Easter Sunday. All along the Holy week, Catholic pilgrims from Flores and all over Indonesia flooded the tranquil city of Larantuka. The prayers center around two religious icons. The...
Read more »
Riung 17 Islands
Riung 17 Islands
The sub-district of Riung, located to the north of Bajawa, is famed for its beautiful coral gardens. The coast and the surrounding area of the town of Riung have become a national conservation area, and were even given the status of a national park and named Pulau Tujuh Belas, or ‘Seventeen Island...
Read more »
Watublapi Ikat Weaving
Watublapi Ikat Weaving
Watublapi is a small community in the Sikka district well known for its fine traditional ikat weaving. Whereas many other local weaving communities switched to industrially spun yarn and chemical dyes for the sake of saving time and money, the weavers of Watublapi still use the traditional, handspun...
Read more »
The Hobbit Liang Bua
The Hobbit Liang Bua
With this finding, long-held scientific theories on the evolutionary past of human beings were contested: was there a land connection between mainland Asia or Australia and Flores? Was the isolated island situation responsible for the dwindling size? Did modern human beings cross with the hobbit, or...
Read more »