Ruteng Nature Reserve is the largest rain forest in Flores. Located in west Flores with an area about over 32,000 hectares. This is the main home for endemic birds of Flores, i.a; Flores scops-owl, Bare-throated Whistler, Brown-caped fantail, Flores Lorikeet, Flores Minivet, Flores Hawk-eagle and Flores Crow.
In addition to a variety of endemic birds, Ruteng Nature Reserve also has various amazing destinations include Cunca Rede waterfall, Ranamese and Rana Poja tropical lake, and Ranaka volcano. A group of mount called Mandosawu, is the main part of Nature Reserve where the top peak of Flores is located (2345 MASL).
To reach this place, the best start point is Ruteng, a small town and the capital of Manggarai Regency. It is about 132 km from Labuan Bajo. You can drive a car, take a bus or ride a motorbike from Labuan Bajo for 3 – 4 hours. So many things to do at Ruteng Nature Reserve. Flores Bird Watching which is based in Ruteng provides birding dan trekking program across the forest.
If you are not a birder or naturalist, Ruteng Nature Reserve provides you so many destination with incredible experience. You can ride up to the peak of Ranaka or enjoy the landscapes from Golo Lusang.
So, don’t lose the best chance to feel the real Flore by visiting Ruteng Nature Reserve.