Budaya

The other side of Indonesia: Baliem Valley

Wamena is a hot and dusty town in the Baliem Valley on the edges of civilisation in the deep interior of Papua. Our wobbling aircraft, brimming with fresh fruit and essentials from the outside world, flew low over virgin jungle and touched down by a rusting shed. Advice: Baliem Valley Getting there: Trigana flight from Sentani or Timika…

Travel

Baliem Valley festival in Wamena, Indonesia.

The Dani, Yali and Lani tribes gather at this annual festival dressed in distinctive attire to stage mock battles, perform traditional music and dance, and celebrate with a pig roast. There are remote places in Indonesia, and then there are remote places in Papua, Indonesia, a land of rich traditions and exotic tribes often referred…

trip advisor

Baliem Festival and trek in Papua

BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL AND TREK IN PAPUA This is a fascinating two week trek through the remote Baliem Valley on hunting trails in Papua’s central highlands, staying in local Dani villages and culminating in a visit to the annual Tribal Festival, when all the various highland tribes come together for a mock war and big…