Ruteng is a small, catholic city in the heart of Flores.
Nicknamed “the city of Rain”, Ruteng has a mysterious aura, with thick layers of fog covering the scenery. Getting to the town itself is no easy trek — as it’s a 3-hour drive from Labuan Bajo. You will be going through rickety paths and dirt roads but will be totally enchanted along the way.
The isolated town is unique. In the middle of the Indonesian tropical forests, the town is covered by lush green hills. You can admire the contrasting architecture, as it mimics European construction. Ruteng‘s population is 90% catholic. The town itself consists of many hermitages and monasteries.