Tololela Cultural Village

Tololela Cultural Village, Bajawa: Hours, Address, Tololela Cultural Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Tololela Cultural Village
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Manubhara, Jerebuu, Bajawa, Flores 86411 Indonesia
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Tom
The Netherlands48 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We hiked to the village ourself. This is how you find the way without a guide:

- go to the Bena village; which is well know and found on Google maps.
- walk down the road, which is next to the car park. Here locals will tell you that it's dangerous and you cannot find the way yourself (nonsense)
- first dirt road (after a 100 meter down), go right
- after a few minutes you pass a small river and afterwards you come to a Y-split. (They are digging some sand away). At the Y-split, take the smaller road at the left.
- After an hour your reach the village.

Happy visit.

Tom
Written September 15, 2017
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands743 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
When you are at Bena and drive a little bit further and you will see a broken billboard, which is the entrance of the way towards Tololelo traditional village. This is a less touristic village than Bena, so this is much nicer. The walk towards the village is very good.

Our guide told us a lot about the vegetation, he got all kinds of fresh fruits from the tree for us to eat and explained everything about the local culture.
The name of our guide is Edwyn Bajawa and I would certainly recommend him if you want to put a tour together (mobile phone: 082 340 802 479 and you can find him on facebook). The information he gives is really worth it.

Back tot he village. There is no entrance fee and you can give some money as support. Whatever amount you like, no obligations.
It is fun to look around and hear about the rituals and how they live. There is a good picture opportunity there: the village with the mountain ond the background (walk tot he end of the village and turn around).
Written April 26, 2017
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Vicki S
Sydney, Australia385 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
The started at Bena, the most visited village and then walked to Tololela. Bena is quite impressive and get lots of visitors, Tololela is less visited but is still worth visiting. The trek between the two villages provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and the great views along the way
Written October 15, 2018
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Flyer55_12
Perth, Australia137 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We hired a scooter and visited 4 villages, this one our last and had a very hard road to get to the last 4 km or so. We enjoyed it all to ourselves but recommend it only to the real hard travelers 😉
Written June 15, 2018
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Reee E
Moshi, Tanzania28 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
An amazing experience!

The village is set beautifully beneath the Mount Inerie and is well preserved!

We went there by ourselves, without a guide. It was easy enough to find.
As previously described, we went to Bena.
There, we asked for directions. The locals were very happy to point us in the right direction.
You continue to follow the asphalt road that led you to Bena for 10-20 min with a motorbike. Then, you reach a big billboard on your right pointing you to Gurusina traditional village. Follow the road. (It was a construction site for most of the way when we visited, but they will surely soon be finished).
When you reach a bigger village (Gurusina), you can also have a look at the traditional houses there. You can see them from the main road on your left.

For Tololela, follow a asphalt road steep up the mountain. Try to go as far as you can by bike, as the walk is quite tiring.
At the moment, they are renewing the street aswell, so we left our bikes when the road had gotten too bad to drive on and walked.
At the small Y-shaped junction, go to right (the other direction looks like a dead end anyways).
The upper 1/4 of the road will get better, so coninue along cocoa, coffee, banana plants, bamboo and some modest huts until you reach the village!

The people were very surprised and absolutely lovely. I felt it was much more an actual village than Bena. They will also show you their ikat weaving and are in general very welcoming.

A small donation of 20.000 IRP is appropriate.
But something from their handmade souvenir shop, and they will love you!
Written September 22, 2017
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Yves C
Laxou, France132 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We went there from Bena by hiking 1hour through the jungle. We reached Gurusina village and from there went down to tololela. These places are beautiful, more authentic than the bena village (but also less impressive).
We enjoyed the hiking the most.
Written August 14, 2018
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Lise_Bry
Paris, France10 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very interesting village and great people to talk to if you have a guide. They're happy to show you the village, the traditions, as long as you respect of course them & their culture and privacy. People don't mind pictures if you ask them first and not steal pics from them as I've seen some people doing it, they're not animals, just people happy to share their culture with you ;)
it's interesting to go to different villages to see the differences, you can ask at the edelweiss homestay (madja), they give good advice!
Written September 7, 2017
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Marianne1998
Dili, East Timor12 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
If you like understanding traditional village life, traditional architecture and how it's shaped by different kinds of societal organisations, and weavings, then Tololela, is very gorgeous. Plus the walk there is lovely.
Written June 11, 2017
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Claire
Windsor, Canada374 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We loved visiting this village. Perhaps it was because it took us about one hour of trekking through a beautiful forest to access it. We saw the homes the day after a ceremony, so all kinds of woven baskets used for their supper were set out to dry after being washed.
Someone picked two young coconuts for us. After this refreshment, we ventured back into civilization.
It was a beautiful experience.
Written June 14, 2019
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thebendotnl
Kranenburg, Germany187 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
During our nature walk we passed some traditional villages, this was one of them. We had some tea, but the place was very touristic.
Written October 17, 2018
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