Spider web fields

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What we say: 3.5 stars

An image commonly seen in Western Flores is that of Lingko -- or spider web fields -- where rice is cultivated as if on a massive pie chart.

Traditionally related to communal land-use practises, segments of the "pie chart" were farmed by particular families within the community -- we were told the bigger the family and therefore labour supply, the bigger the segment they'd be given to work.

While you'll see examples of spider web fields as you travel from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng, one of the best examples is an Cancar, around 17km west of Ruteng. Any driver or guide will know where they are and there is a viewpoint beside a telecoms tower that offers an excellent view over the fields. If you have your own transport, be sure to stop before you get to Ruteng to avoid needing to backtrack.

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17km west of Ruteng
Last updated: 6th May, 2013

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