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Spider Web Rice Fields

The greatest local site is actually 20km west of Ruteng near Cara kampung. The legendary Spider Web Rice Fields are vast creations shaped as implied, which is also the shape of Manggarai roofs that fairly divide pro…
Cave in Manggarai Country

Liang Bua

The limestone Liang Bua cave, where the remains of the Flores ‘hobbit’ were famously found in 2003, is about 14km north of Ruteng. Archaeologists believe that the lip along the entrance permitted sediment to build u…
Indonesian in Ruteng

Rumah Makan Cha Cha

Ruteng's best restaurant is all wooden with framed Flores attractions on the walls and gingham table covers. Named after the owner's daughter, the Indo standards are well-prepared and it's a clean, relaxing place. N…
Street Food in Ruteng

Street Vendors

As the sun sets this small street fills with the scent of cooking over coals as half a dozen vendors sell ayam goreng (fried chicken), ikan pepes (fish grilled in banana leaf), soto (soup) and more. Pull up a plasti…
Cafe in Ruteng

Kopi Mane Inspiration

A solid spot for a Manggarai coffee to power your day. Buy a bag of ground and roasted beans to take home or order cheap-eat Indonesian fare from a blackboard menu. Tourist information available, along with motorbik…
Market in Ruteng

Pasar

Don’t miss the lively, sprawling market, a vital lifeline for villagers in the surrounding hills. Much of it is underground – look for the stairs heading down to the entrance near the supermarket on the western side…
Indonesian in Ruteng

Agape

A little soulless during the day, in the evening this spot makes for a reasonable dinner choice. The high-ceilinged, wooden dining room is decorated with local tribal artefacts, while quality Indonesian fare is augm…