The changing village of Wae Rebo. The isolated village in the Manggarai district of west Flores, Indonesia, is the last to maintain its traditional houses, and where the culture is still practiced, from agriculture to ceremonies. When Japanese photographer Matsuda Shuikhi made the first recorded visit in 1997, the hike was about 20km, starting at Dintor village, on the coast. Today, it is still a difficult four-hour walk uphill, but begins on an asphalt road 9km from the village, which sits 1100m above sea level. Since the world found out about Wae Rebo, tourism has escalated, from 425 people in 2011, to 3741 in 2015, not counting Indonesian visitors. They pass dense forest and cross cold rivers until they reach the bamboo bridge that signals Wae Rebo is near. They arrive through a small house where they see the village below for the first time, and shake a bamboo instrument to announce they have arrived.
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