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The Papua experience is very special compared with other places in the world. Travelling to Papua is like stepping back in time to the Stone Age. The mother nature of Papua is so rich and beautiful, while the people is extremely friendly in their simple life. Join us to discover the superb Papuan scenery and the curious life of the Dani native tribe in the Baliem Valley through THE BEST OF PAPUA IN 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS DISCOVERY: JAYAPURA & THE DANI TRIBE OF THE BALIEM VALLEY until THE BEST OF PAPUA IN 6 DAYS 5 DAYS DISCOVERY: TREKKING THE BALIEM VALLEY with us!

Papua Barat or West Papua is the western half part of the island of New Guinea that belongs to Indonesia. With a land surface of 421, 981 square kilometers, West Papua is mainly impenetrable jungle in which traditional tribes live in the ancient way of their ancestors. The population of West Papua is about 2 million; approximately 10 percent of them live on the cold central plateau of the Baliem Valley. When the Portuguese saw the island in 1511 they called it Islas dos Papuas (the island of curly hair), a word they took from a Malayan word papuwah. Later the Dutch explorers called it New Guinea because the dark-skinned natives reminded them of the inhabitant of Guinea in Africa.

In the central part of Papua lies a mountain with a valley of 72 km long and 16 - 31 km wide, inhabited by Neolithic farmers and warriors, the Dani together with the Yali and the Lani, each one with their intricate primitive culture, which looks more like the stone age culture. We will get an indelible experience by exploring the Baliem Valley and the unique tradition and primitive way of life of the tribes that live there.

The Baliem valley is the most visited part of the island, especially in recent years. The natives plant taros, take care for the pig, and use polished stone axes. They do not make ceramics or terracotta (which is the symbol of modernity), but the technology they use is very similar to Neolithic technology. Perhaps 250,000 inhabitants mostly of the Dani tribe live on the central mountain, many of them live scattered along the steep slopes of the mountains. The valley is one of the most populated areas of Papua. The Dani build their huts by adapting to the environment and the character of the tribe. The man's and woman's hut has a thick straw roof that avoids the entrance of water but maintains the heat of the earth along with the smoke that drives away the mosquitoes. The temperature in the valley ranges between 26 degrees by the day and it can reach up to 12 degrees at night. The high mountains of West Papua are generally considered as uninhabited. Not before 1938 did the pilot Richard Archbold realize that there was something special in the deep and wide valley between the lofty mountains of four thousand meters. In the valley there were clearly recognizable fields, similar to those found in Europe. The Baliem valley and the Dani tribe were discovered by pure luck. The main reason why the Dani tribe is so well known is that the Baliem valley where they live, is relatively easy to reach these days. Another thing that brings the Dani tribe to fame is the "smoked" mummies of hundreds of years of the head of the tribe. Two of them can be seen in the Baliem Valley-in the Akima and Jiwika villages. Extraction of salt by immersion of banana stems in salt lakes is another relatively well-known custom. The Dani tribe is also known by the custom that if someone dies in the family, each of their female relatives will have a segment of their finger cut. The mutilated hands of the women can still be seen in the Dani villages, despite the fact that the missionaries tried to stop them of this custom.

THE BEST OF PAPUA IN 4 DAYS 3 DAYS DISCOVERY: JAYAPURA & THE DANI TRIBE OF THE BALIEM VALLEY

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Day 1: (Bali-Papua:) Denpasar–Jayapura–Wamena–Jibama–Napua–Sinatma–Wesaput-Wamena (Lunch and dinner are included)
We pick you up in your hotel and then take you to the airport to get an early flight at 01.25 a.m. to Sentani airport, Jayapura. The direct flight takes 4 hours to get to the Papuan capital. Then we take a break at the airport to wait for the connection with Trigana Air flight (departure time depend on the weather) at around 12.20 p.m. Upon arrival at Wamena airport at around 13.00 p.m. our guide and driver will pick you up and then drive you to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel at Wamena. Lunch will be provided in Baliem Pilamo Hotel. Afterwards we take you to Jibama market, the best place to get closer contact with local people. Here we find widest choices of agricultural products grown around Wamena. People from nearby villages flock here to sell and to buy their daily needs, and then we proceed to Napua hill and Sinatma village to get the best panoramic view of the Baliem Valley. Afterwards we continue our trip to Wesaput village to see the hanging bridge and its surroundings dry fields where the Dani people plant sweet potatos. Afterwards we’ll return to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or to other similar category hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: (Papua:) Wamena – Jiwika – Anemoigi - Wamena (Pig feast and Tribal Dance) (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
After breakfast, we go by car to Jiwika to see the mummy (365 years old!) of the Dani chief. Jiwika village head and the mummy offspring greet us in their house. Afterwards we go on foot during ten minutes to the village of Anemoigi where we can see the Dani Mock Battle and the Pig feast. You will see how the Dani make fire traditionally by rubbing stones on dry grass, how they kill a pig with bow and arrow and how they cook the pig by the hot-burned stone with vegetables and sweet potatoes. In the afternoon we return to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or to other similar category hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: (Papua:) Wamena - Jayapura (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
After having breakfast at your hotel, we pick you up and take you to the airport to get the Trigana Air flight at 7:50 a.m. leaving for Jayapura. On the way from the airport to hotel we stop at the Mac Arthur World War II monument and then we will take a sightseeing tour on a boat around Lake Sentani to visit Sentani Tribe in Assei Island with their unique handi crafts. Lunch will be served at the Yougwa local Restaurant on the nearby of the lake. Then we proceed to the Cenderawasih Museum and to Hamadi souvenir market and Jayapura city for shopping opportunities. On the late afternoon we will take you to your hotel. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant while the accommodation will be provided at the Swiss Belhotel or in other similar category hotel in Jayapura.

Day 4: (Papua – Bali) Jayapura – Denpasar (Breakfast is included)
After breakfast we’ll take you to the airport to take the flight back to Bali.

Number of Persons (minimum two participants) 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-12 persons 13 persons or more
Price per person in Euros 1.275 ‎€ 1.175 ‎€ 1.125 ‎€ 1.110 ‎€
The tour price includes:
Hotels, all transportations and transfers during tours (day 1-day 4), full board meals as stated in the itinerary, English speaking tour guide, entry permit for Papua, mineral water during tours, entrance fees and donations (except photos made to locals), return economic airfare for Jayapura-Wamena-Jayapura and Denpasar-Jayapura-Denpasar. Upon confirmation, a 50% deposit must be paid, the balance must be settled in full one week prior to clients' arrival.

The high season supplement:
July 1 - September 30, Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 and three days before to three days after Idulfitri (the end of Ramadan): 60.00 Euros per person.

THE BEST OF PAPUA IN 5 DAYS 4 DAYS DISCOVERY: JAYAPURA & THE DANI TRIBE OF THE BALIEM VALLEY

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Day 1: (Bali-Papua:) Denpasar–Jayapura–Wamena–Jibama–Napua–Sinatma–Wesaput-Wamena (Lunch and dinner are included)
We pick you up in your hotel and then take you to the airport to get an early flight at 01.25 a.m. to Sentani airport, Jayapura. The direct flight takes 4 hours to get to the Papuan capital. Then we take a break at the airport to wait for the connection with Trigana Air flight (departure time depend on the weather) at around 12.20 p.m. Upon arrival at Wamena airport at around 13.00 p.m. our guide and driver will pick you up and then drive you to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel at Wamena. Lunch will be provided in Baliem Pilamo Hotel. Afterwards we take you to Jibama market, the best place to get closer contact with local people. Here we find widest choices of agricultural products grown around Wamena. People from nearby villages flock here to sell and to buy their daily needs, and then we proceed to Napua hill and Sinatma village to get the best panoramic view of the Baliem Valley. Afterwards we continue our trip to Wesaput village to see the hanging bridge and its surroundings dry fields where the Dani people plant sweet potatos. Afterwards we’ll return to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Wamena for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: (Papua:) Trekking Along Baliem River from Sogokmo to Kurima (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
After having breakfast, we will take you during 35 minute drive to Sogokmo in the Southern part of Baliem valley. From here we’ll start our trekking for about 4-5 hours to Wesaput passing through Dani sweet potatoes gardens and crossing hanging bridge over Baliem river. Along the trail you will see the Dani’s traditional houses and local people activities and you will enjoy the typical beautiful scenery of the Baliem Valley famous for her pristine nature. Lunch box will be provided enroute. Dinner and overnight will be provided in the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or in other similar category hotel in Wamena.

Day 3: (Papua:) Wamena – Jiwika – Anemoigi - Wamena (Pig feast and Tribal Dance) (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
After breakfast, we go by car to Jiwika to see the mummy (365 years old!) of the Dani chief. Jiwika village head and the mummy offspring greet us in their house. Afterwards we go on foot during ten minutes to the village of Anemoigi where we can see the Dani Mock Battle and the Pig feast. A man steals his neighbor's belonging that provokes a war between neighboring villages. A peace agreement is made and people gather to do the ritual of burning the stone to cook the pork and sweet potatoes. It is very interesting to see the Dani in their best traditional dress, putting decorations of birds' feathers, tusks of wild boar and shells on their body. The fire is done by the old technique of rubbing the stones in the dried herbs. All the participants dance happily. We are going to attend the party in which the Dani make the fire traditionally, then kill a pig with bow and arrow and cook the pig by burning it on the hot stone along with vegetables and sweet potatoes. A lunch box will be provided. After lunch, we climb up the hill to the salt water pond, a salt mine at the top of the Mili mountain and then the salt will be extracted by the locals using the banana stem, which is dipped in the salt water in the pond and then the banana stem will be burned to get the salt. Afterwards we continue our trip visiting the nearby Wosilimo cave. In the afternoon we return to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or another similar category hotel in Wamena for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: (Papua:) Wamena - Jayapura (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)
After having breakfast at your hotel, we pick you up and take you to the airport to get the Trigana Air flight at 7:50 a.m. leaving for Jayapura. On the way from the airport to hotel we stop at the Mac Arthur World War II monument and then we will take a sightseeing tour on a boat around Lake Sentani to visit Sentani Tribe in Assei Island with their unique handi crafts. Lunch will be served at the Yougwa local Restaurant on the nearby of the lake. Then we proceed to the Cenderawasih Museum and to Hamadi souvenir market and Jayapura city for shopping opportunities. On the late afternoon we will take you to your hotel. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant while the accommodation will be provided at the Swiss Belhotel or in other similar category hotel in Jayapura.

Day 5 (Papua – Bali) Jayapura – Denpasar (Breakfast is included)
After breakfast we’ll take you to the Jayapura airport to take the flight back to Bali.

Number of Persons (minimum two participants) 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-12 persons 13 persons or more
Price per person in Euros 1.375 ‎€ 1.275‎ € 1.225 ‎€ 1.210
The tour price includes:
Hotels, all transportations and transfers during tours (day 1-day 5), full board meals as stated in the itinerary, English speaking tour guide, entry permit for Papua, mineral water during tours, entrance fees and donations (except photos made to locals), return economic airfare for Jayapura-Wamena-Jayapura and Denpasar-Jayapura-Denpasar. Upon confirmation, a 50% deposit must be paid, the balance must be settled in full one week prior to clients' arrival.

The high season supplement:
July 1 - September 30, Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 and three days before to three days after Idulfitri (the end of Ramadan): 75.00 Euros per person
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THE BEST OF PAPUA IN 6 DAYS 5 DAYS DISCOVERY: TREKKING THE BALIEM VALLEY

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Day 1: (Bali-Papua:) Denpasar–Jayapura–Wamena–Jibama–Napua–Sinatma–Wesaput-Wamena (Lunch and dinner are included)
We pick you up in your hotel and then take you to the airport to get an early flight at 01.25 a.m. to Sentani airport, Jayapura. The direct flight takes 4 hours to get to the Papuan capital. Then we take a break at the airport to wait for the connection with Trigana Air flight (departure time depend on the weather) at around 12.20 p.m. Upon arrival at Wamena airport at around 13.00 p.m. our guide and driver will pick you up and then drive you to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel at Wamena. Lunch will be provided in Baliem Pilamo Hotel. Afterwards we take you to Jibama market, the best place to get closer contact with local people. Here we find widest choices of agricultural products grown around Wamena. People from nearby villages flock here to sell and to buy their daily needs, and then we proceed to Napua hill and Sinatma village to get the best panoramic view of the Baliem Valley. Afterwards we continue our trip to Wesaput village to see the hanging bridge and its surroundings dry fields where the Dani people plant sweet potatos. Afterwards we’ll return to the Baliem Pilamo Hotel or to other similar category hotel in Wamena for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: (Papua:) Wamena-Sugokmo-Kurima-Anjelma
Breakfast at hotel. We leave for Sugokmo where we start our trekking through the spectacular Baliem Valley. On the way uphill to Kurima and Anjelma we’ll pass the Dani villages with their typical mushroom like huts called honay, with thatched roofs, surrounded by back gardens where coffee plants, bananas, eggplants, caladium and vegetables are grown. The superb view to distant hills and meandering river is awesome. Wild flowers and singing birds add the charms of the countryside. Around 13.30 p.m. we arrive in Anjelma to have lunch. Our porters precede us to prepare our lunch, made from fresh food available along the way, ripe banana, pineapple, passion fruits and avocado, fresh potatoes directly bought from the farmers. After lunch we may stroll along the village to see the daily life of the Dani people, their villages, their fields and how they make a living. On the nearby there is a small river with very clean and fresh water where you may swim and take a bath. Dinner will be provided by our cooks afterwards. The average altitude in the valley is around 2.000 meters and it gets cold at night. Overnight at the community hall building of Anjelma.

Day 3: (Papua:) From Anjelma to Kilise
Breakfast. At 09.00 a.m. we start our trekking to Kilise. On the way to get there we see the people working their fields, some harvesting their pineapples, banana and carrots which later become parts of our lunch and dinner. Some people build their houses and it’s interesting to see the way how they build it and the materials used for the building. The view is always spectacular, small waterfalls; small rivers, lofty mountains and the lovely valley feast our eyes. Old people still wear Koteka gourds to cover the male genitals and skirts made of yarns for women. At around 12.00 we reach Kilise for taking a rest and having our lunch. Our lodging is Dani house like huts with fresh and clean spring where we may take a bath. After lunch we wander around Kilise to see the traditional houses of the locals. Back to hotel for taking shower, then dinner will be served around 19.30 p.m. Overnight at the lodging in Kilise.

Day 4: (Papua:) From Kilise to Userem
Breakfast at the lodging. The locals come to sell their handicrafts to us before our leaving the lodging. Around 09.00 a.m. we start again our walks through the bottom of the valley. In some places we’ll see the red fruits of Pandanus, believed to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS. We cross the hanging bridge over Baliem River to the other side of the river, observing a long the way people working their fields. Through wooden bridge we cross Mugui River to reach Syokosimo hamlet near Userem village where we’ll stop for lunch. After lunch we may swim in the lovely Tino River with its cool pristine water in the midst of virgin rain forest. In the afternoon we may wander in the village to visit the school, to chat and talk with the locals until dinner time. Overnight at Putra Baliem Homestay run by Pak Alpius and his family.

Day 5: (Papua:) From Userem to Penyoke, Nain, Sugokmo, Jiwika and Wamena
We get up early and have our breakfast. Today we cross the Mugui River again to go to Panyoke where the locals will organize a mock fighting for us. Wild strawberries grow along the roads that slowly ascend until Panyoke. A man steals the wild palm fruit of his neighbor and that provokes war between villages. A peace agreement ensued in which peace agreement ritual is organized. It’s interesting to see the Dani people in their best local traditional costume with bird feathers, wild boars fangs and claws as decoration of the body. Fire is made traditionally by rubbing stones in dry grasses. Pikom musical instruments are played. All participants dance happily. Afterwards we continue our trip to Sugokmo through Nain and Seima where we may take a rest near natural spring water considered holy by locals. Lunch is served on the riverside below the shades of tall trees. We cross the Baliem River through a hanging bridge to our trekking starting point. The car brings us back to Baliem Pilamo Hotel to leave our luggage and to take a bath. In the afternoon we go by car to Jiwika to see the mummy (365 years old!) of the Dani chief. Jiwika village head and the mummy offspring greet us in their house. Back to hotel for dinner. Overnight at Baliem Pilamo Hotel.

Day 6: (Papua:) Wamena-Jayapura
Early breakfast. At 05.00 a.m. we leave for airport to catch the flight to Jayapura. The departure time of the flight to Jayapura depend greatly on weather conditions. At 09.00 a.m. we arrive at Jayapura Sentani airport and we take the connection flight that takes you back to Denpasar (or to other destination).

Number of Persons (minimum two participants) 2-3 persons 4-6 persons 7-12 persons 13 persons or more
Price per person in Euros 1.475 ‎€ 1.375‎ € 1.325 ‎€ 1.310
The tour price includes:
Hotels, all transportations and transfers during tours (day 1-day 6), full board meals as stated in the itinerary, English speaking tour guide, entry permit for Papua, mineral water during tours, entrance fees and donations (except photos made to locals), return economic airfare for Jayapura-Wamena-Jayapura and Denpasar-Jayapura-Denpasar. Upon confirmation, a 50% deposit must be paid, the balance must be settled in full one week prior to clients' arrival.

The high season supplement:
July 1 - September 30, Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 and three days before to three days after Idulfitri (the end of Ramadan): 90.00 Euros per person.




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