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Cultural Baliem Valley 5 Days

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Duration

5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

During this Cultural Tour you will travel through fascinating Baliem Valley in Papua that was discovered back in 1938 and nowadays is still inhabited by the traditional Dani and Lani tribes. The valley is situated in the centre of the impressive great mountain range of the Jayawijaya regency in central Papua. During this cultural tour, where you travel into the heart of Papua, you will explore the extensive Baliem Valley which is surrounded by imposing high mountains. It is truly striking to see how the tribes still nowadays live according to their very traditional ways. You might feel like you are traveling through the stone-aged times.

Itinerary

Itenirary
Cultural Baliem Valley 5 Days
Day 01: Arrival Wamena - City Tour to Local Markets and Coffee Plantation (No Meals)

Upon arrival in Wamena our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to Baliem Pilamo hotel, the best hotel in town. Wamena town lies on approximately 1800m altitude, giving it a pleasant temperature. Later in the afternoon, you will go on a city tour. You will visit a local market in town, a coffee plantation and the first traditional villages.
Accommodation: Baliem Pilamo

Day 02: Napua Hills, Small Waterfall and Traditional Villages (B)

Today we will bring you to admire the Napua Hills where you will enjoy beautiful views of the wide Baliem Valley. From there you may choose to do a short trekking downhill. You will visit a small waterfall. After lunch, you will visit the traditional villages of Suroba and Dugun which are majestically located bringing you to the breath-taking landscapes of the Papuan highlands. You will meet the friendly and fascinating people of the Dani tribes in these villages.
Accommodation: Baliem Pilamo

Day 03: Mummy, Dani Tribal War Rituals & Burning Stones (B)

Today is a day full of culture. In Jiwika, a typical Dani village, you will see a well-preserved, over 250 years old mummy which is the pride of the village. He was the head warrior of his tribe and a very respected man. In a neighboring village of Jiwika, you will witness the great traditions of the mock wars and the famous pig feast of the Dani tribes: Before the people in the Baliem Valley became in contact with the outside world, they often had to defend their territory against other villagers. It is very interesting to see how they prepared themselves to go on such wars. Today we will see their war dances and rituals in their beautiful local attires. You also see another cultural event that is still implemented nowadays during important celebrations like weddings or religious celebrations. This is the pig feast that we call 'Barapen'. It is a traditional way of preparing food by using hot burned stones in a pit in the ground. The meat and vegetables will steam there until they are cooked. A very tasteful meal which you might like to try as well.
Accommodation: Baliem Pilamo

Day 04: Trekking Southern Baliem (B,L)

Today you will head to the southern part of the Baliem Valley. This area has beautiful views and is surrounded by great mountains. You will cross over the rough Baliem River by suspension bridge and pass the gardens of the local people to see their different vegetation. The gardens are sometimes built on very steep hills. The local people that you will meet during the trek are very friendly. They are often on their way to carry their harvest to the markets in Wamena town. There are no road systems and some come from villages far away and have to walk for a couple of days to get to Wamena. It is very impressive to see how strong these people are. This is a great last day to spend in the Baliem Valley.
Accommodation: Baliem Pilamo

Day 05: Transfer to Airport (B)

You will be transferred to the airport from your hotel.

Notes:
Price Not Valid During Baliem Valley Festival Period!
Transfers are nonstop and drivers do not speak English

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation as mentioned is based on twin shared and for the odd number is based on a single room
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Car Wamena 3 days
  • Local Guide Wamena 5 days
  • Jeep Wamena - Habema - Wamena
  • Donation Traditional Villages
  • Donation Mummy
  • Mock War & Pig Feast
  • Transfer Hotel - Airport Wamena
  • Travel Permit
  • All Flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Picture Fee for Locals and Local Activities in Wamena ( IDR 5.000 - IDR 10.000 per picture)
  • Tips
  • Personal Sleeping Bag & Sleeping Matt in Wamena
  • Personal porter during trekking in Wamena
  • Jayapura – Wamena : IL 273 10.20 - 10.55 by Trigana Air (Incl 10 Kilo Luggage). Start from Euro 60/person. Price and schedule is subject to change.
  • Wamena - Jayapura: IL 272 09.00 - 09.30 by Trigana Air (Incl 10 Kilo Luggage). Start from Euro 60/person. Price and schedule is subject to change.

Durations

5 Day

Destinations

Papua & beyond

Tour's Location

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