Nusa Tenggara Timur is one of Indonesian province which offers many amazing place like Komodo Island and Pink Beach. Ruteng is a town surrounded by intricate winding valleys high up in Flores’ mountains.
Ruteng can be found around 140 km east of Labuan Bajo and most travellers use this town as an opportunity to rest overnight on their way to Moni, Kelimutu. The town is the capital of the Manggarai district and boasts to be the largest district in Flores covering almost one third of the island. Mainly Catholics populate Ruteng and the principal activities for the locals are coffee producing and of course rice. It is here where most of Indonesia’s coffee is produced. Due to its high altitude Ruteng has a very pleasant, cooler climate than the rest of Flores so become sure to wrap up warm at night.
The traditional village of Ruteng Pu’u, located 4 km from Ruteng, 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 a round stone platform surrounded by a circle of stones and traditional thatched houses. And become the center of traditional ceremonies and rituals, e.g. for sacrificial offerings. You will watch the penti, a holy ceremony to thank God for a bountiful harvest. Water buffalos and cows are tied to this Compang to be subsequently sacrificed.
An impressive waringin tree (Ficus Benjamina), locally known as a ‘ruteng’, once grew in the center of the compang. It is now replaced by a dadap tree. On the east side of the compang, there are two tall traditional houses with spiked roofs. In the main house, you can meet the village elder dressed in traditional costume and he might just invite you to join him for a photo and deck yourself in a traditional Manggarai cloth too.
Many of the houses have been reconstructed in more modern materials but this doesn’t take away from the beauty of the original houses and the circular construction of the village. It is recommended place to visit when you get holiday in the Flores Island, where you just book your trip through a reliable travel agency. I believe your trip will be awesome and get unforgettable experience.