Among many must-see places for tourists visiting Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara, Cunca Rede waterfall is arguably one of the most interesting.
As tall as 70 meters, Cunca Rede is the highest waterfall in West Flores. It solemnly nestles at the foot of Mount Ranaka in Ntaur hamlet, Sano Lokom village, Ranamese district, East Manggarai regency, as part of the Ruteng Nature Reserve (Taman Wisata Alam Ruteng).
Afterward, visitors will have to cross several hamlets until they reach Paka. From Paka hamlet, the journey continues with a stroll through hilly paths and slopes, which can take up to two hours due to the roads’ very poor condition, until reaching Ntaur hamlet. From here, local guides will be available to take visitors to Cunca Rede.
Reaching the site is quite an adventure. From Ruteng, the capital of Manggarai regency, visitors should head to the east via the Transflores road, which offers breathtaking vistas of West Flores.
Situated in Sano Lokom village, Borong sub-disctrict, East Manggarai district, this approximately 30 meters high waterfall flowing fresh spring water and offers you spectacular view that will refresh your soul. This place can be reached by 2 hours drive from Borong city. A beautiful lake called Ranamese can also be found right beside the road and thus provide a good reason to stop by for a moment to take some photos and get some rest.
The local people call it Cunca Rede as the descending stones are quite looking similar to stairway. This spring water has been watering around eight Lingkos, locally called for traditional farming area. Blowing wind delivers humid vapors to the surrounding rocky walls as the huge drops of the splashing water falling in to the ground. The massive water flows from time to time, is almost unchanged even though during the dry season where it flows downstream to the southern coast.
Diplazium-esculentum Swartz are common vegetation found around this waterfall, and the local people consume them as vegetable dish. The forest around the waterfall is also a home for various tropical trees and other floras, including wild orchids. Some familiar bird sounds like Helmeted Friarbird or Philemon Buceroides is also easily heard from distance.
Amazing scenery of rice terrace will welcome you soon as you arrive at the crossing of Wae Musur and Wae Pagel rivers. Make a stop here to breathe the freshness of the atmosphere. There is another waterfall quite near to Cunca Rede. Cunca Ncuar, a bigger debit of water waterfall but way shorter by its altitude coming from Wae Musur Spring.
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