Lone time: A horse is seen at the Waruwora customary village in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)
A total of 60 people took part in Indonesia Adventure Festival (IAF) 2017 that was held in Sumba on Nov. 14 – 19. The Indonesia Adventure Festival was previously held in Lembata in 2014 and Alor in 2016.
With 'Explore Tanahumba' as the main theme, the participants consisting of bloggers, photographers and media crew were divided into three groups namely adventure, culture and photography teams. They traveled to four regencies in Sumba such as Southwest Sumba, Central Sumba, West Sumba and East Sumba.
On the first day of the trip, participants went to cultural houses in Southwest Sumba, Sumba Hospitality School and by the evening time they were relaxing at Menangah Beach waiting for the sunset. Following the activities, Southwest Sumba tourism department head, Christofel Horo, welcomed the participants in a ceremony held at night.
The three groups went to Wainyapu Village, the next day. The village has 60 Uma Kalada traditional houses and 1,058 megaliths. The adventure and photography teams then continued their journey to Bawana and reunited with the culture team in the evening at Weetabar Village.
There’s currently a construction of several Tarung village houses to accommodate the Podu ritual in the Weetabar Village.
The adventure team went to Lapopu waterfall, the tallest waterfall in NTT the next day. Meanwhile, culture and photography teams stayed at Tarung to see the traditional ritual of Tarung Marapu Village.
By the end of the day, participants camped out at Padang Savana Mamboro, Mamboro district.
The participants chased the sunrise view at Sunrise Beach on the following day. They also witnessed a horse-racing event before traveling to East Sumba via the north beach.
In the middle of the trip from central to the east, the adventure team made a stop at Tanggedu Waterfall that looks like the Grand Canyon, whilst the photography team went photo hunting at Puru Kambera, a savanna that is the home of wild horses and other wild animals.
Meanwhile, the culture team visited Wunga Traditional Village, the first and oldest village in East Sumba that was built by the ancestors of Sumba people who came from Malaka Tanabara.
The three teams reunited in the evening at Walakiri Beach around sunset time and continued their trip to Pau Umbara Village where they stayed overnight.
In this village, the culture team got to learn about tenun ikat. Meanwhile, the photography team got up early at 03:00 a.m. the next morning and then went to Watu Parunu Beach to capture the sunset view whilst the adventure team went to Waimarang Waterfall.
Following the activities, all participants went back to Pau Umbara to enjoy a fashion show before traveling back to Waingapu city and Wairinding Hill where they once again enjoyed the sunset view. This was the last stop of their journey, by the evening time there was a farewell dinner held where participants wore traditional Sumbanese costumes. (asw)
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