♦ Day 1: 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 a few beautiful traditional villages.
♦ Day 2 - Day 4: Attending Baliem Valley Festival (B.)
The Baliem Valley Festival is a 3-days festival held each year in August in the Baliem Valley. Dates of the festival can change last-minute, so make sure to contact Travel Papua to receive the latest updates. The festival is held on a beautiful location in the midst of the great mountain range of Jayawijaya Regency just 30 minutes’ drive from town. Indigenous tribes from the Yali, Dani and Lani clan travel from their isolated villages all the way to Wamena town to celebrate their traditions. And you can be part of that! During the festival you will see the tribes in their local attires wearing the famous penis gourds and dancing around with their war equipment’s like their bows and arrows. Also you will have the chance to see the pig feast called Barapen. A traditional way of preparing food using hot burned stones in a pit and where vegetable and meat steam in the ground until it is cooked. Other than that make sure not to miss out on the local pig racing activities, which is a fun activity to watch. To take pictures, ask the local people politely and you are certain to bring some of your most precious memories back home. .
♦ Day 5: Day Trekking Southern Baliem (B.L.)
Now that you have seen the local traditions of the tribes in the Baliem Valley, it is time to see where they live. 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.
♦ Day 6: Transfer to Airport (B.)
You will be transferred to the airport from your hotel.