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Ruteng, nestled on the west side of the captivating island of Flores in Indonesia, is a destination brimming with cultural richness and natural splendor. Situated before the renowned Labuan Bajo, Ruteng is a cold town at an altitude of 1,200 above sea level. Here in Ruteng offers a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle, making it an ideal stop for travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Even though Ruteng doesn’t have five-star hotels, you can enjoy beautiful and quiet accommodations around Ruteng or in the middle of the rice fields expanse.

Population and Culture:

Ruteng is home to a diverse population, primarily consisting of the Manggarai ethnic group, renowned for their vibrant traditions and warm hospitality. Visitors to Ruteng have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture by participating in traditional ceremonies, exploring ancient customs, and engaging with the friendly locals.

The cultural landscape is adorned with traditional architecture, such as the iconic Manggarai-style houses with their distinctive peaked roofs. Visitors can also witness traditional dances, and music performances, and visit local markets to experience the authentic flavors of Flores.

Tourist Destinations:

Ruteng boasts a plethora of breathtaking tourist attractions, ranging from verdant landscapes to historical landmarks. One of the must-visit sites is the stunning Ruteng Pu’u Village, where visitors can marvel at the traditional houses surrounded by picturesque rice terraces.

Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the beauty of Ranaka Mount, Ranamese Lake, a serene crater lake nestled amidst lush forests, offering opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and birdwatching. For a glimpse into the region’s history, a visit to the Cancar Spider Rice Fields is highly recommended, where the unique spider-web pattern of rice paddies creates a mesmerizing sight. And history and archeology enthusiasts, you can visit the Liang Bua cave, where the Homo floresisnsis (Flores hobbit) has fossils discovered. The research has revealed that Flores hobbits were to live together with an Ancient elephant (Stegodon florensis a small elephant (pigmy), ±2/3 the size of Stegodon trigonocephalus), dragons, giant birds (crane), and rats.

Accommodations and Restaurants:

Ruteng offers a range of accommodation options to suit every traveler’s preference, from cozy guesthouses to luxurious resorts. Visitors can choose to stay in traditional homestays for an authentic cultural experience or opt for modern hotels with amenities catering to comfort and convenience.

When it comes to dining, here boasts an array of restaurants serving delicious local delicacies as well as international cuisine. From seafood feasts to savory grilled meats and fresh tropical fruits, there’s something to tantalize every palate. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample traditional dishes like ‘Babi panggang’ (grilled pork) and ‘Nasi Goreng’ (fried rice) for a true taste of Flores.

Getting There:

Traveling to Ruteng is relatively convenient, with several transportation options available. The most common way to reach Ruteng is by road from Labuan Bajo, which offers breathtaking views of Flores’ rugged terrain and coastal scenery. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Frans Seda Airport in Maumere or H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport in Ende and then take a couple of days to travel by land to Ruteng and continue to Labuan Bajo, enjoying a Kelimutu crater lake and the scenic beauty along the way.

For those seeking a more adventurous journey, ferry services are available from neighboring islands, like Sumbawa, Sumba, or Tanjung Bira in Sulawesi providing a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the Indonesian archipelago.

Well, Ruteng is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, offering a perfect blend of culture, nature, and adventure. Whether you’re seeking tranquility amidst stunning landscapes or eager to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of local culture, Ruteng has something for everyone.

 

 

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