Ratenggaro’s traditional village is located on a white sandy beach and is characterized by the roar of the big waves of the south coast. Ratenggaro comes from the word Rate which means grave and Garo is the name for the inhabitants of the village who used to be there.
The village itself features 11 incredible houses with intricately carved columns, some of the best representations of Sumba Island architecture. Approaching the village, a row of old stone graves line the way, a relic from the megalithic era around 4500 years ago. With a backdrop of the ocean and set upon a beautiful grassy lawn, it’s a spectacular location. Found near the village of Umbu Ngedo, Southwest Sumba District, it is about 56 km from the town of Tambolaka, East Nusa Tenggara.
Ratenggaro is a magical place, and displays one of the best-preserved and presented villages in Sumba.