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Land of the cannibals

Island: Papua

Duration: 5 days


Day 1 : Denpasar - Sentani - Wamena
Breakfast. Free time and dinner at own leisure. We leave the hotel in the late evening to take the night flight with the national carrier Garuda to the capital city of Papua, Jayapura. Upon arrival in the morning we stay in transit at the airport of Sentani until we can board our second flight with Trigana over the Rouffaeren-Mambramo jungle to Wamena, situated in the Baliemvalley, at 1600 meter above sea level. As soon as we leave the plane we walk into another world, a world most of us thought of as vanished...We walk through the small town Wamena to visit the local market where the Papua try to sell their vegetables and fruit, a place so colorful we need more than our own eyes. Lunch in a local restaurant in Wamena. After lunch we take our 4*4 wheel transport and go visit a small village hidden away between the trees and the fields, Suroba. The local people welcome us in their traditional way and invite us to spend some time with them. This first impression leaves us speechless as we go to our hotel, The Baliem Valley Resort, on the flanks of the valley at 2000 meter. Here we take our dinner and stay overnight.
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Day 2 : The Baliem Valley
Early breakfast. We take our 4*4 bus and go to the northeast end of the valley for a day trekking along the mighty East-Baliem River. The Baliem valley was only discovered two years before WWO II started when Richard Archbold put down his water plane on the Baliemriver. Until the late ’70 the people here still lived in Stone Age time, having no iron tools or contact with the outside world. Today this thousands year old civilization is struggling to keep its identity and at the same time trying to keep up with the modern world. During our trek we come in contact with the local tribe of the Dani, farming their fields or busy in their small villages. Picknicklunch along the way. In the afternoon our 4*4 will pick us up and bring us back to the TBVR. Dinner at the hotel.
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Day 3 : Pigfest and Mummy
Early breakfast. Today we drive to the southeast side of the Baliem Valley to visit one of two remaining mummies in this lost land. Important ancestors in the past were being mummified by hanging their body over a smoke fire. Full of pride this ancestor is shown by the whole village to us. In Wosi we start a short trek in the mountain jungle to come eye to eye with a whole clan of warriors, making a mock war and making peace afterwards. This is done with the killing of a small pig that will be cooked together with potato and vegetables in a traditional way within the steam pit, the whole community is busy and everybody has its specific task at hand. This will be an unforgettable event for each of us. Late lunch in Wamena in a local restaurant. Free time to do some chopping for primitive art. In the late afternoon we visit the village of the Yali, close to the hotel, a tribe that distinguishes itself from the Dani by their immense “koteka”. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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Day 4 : Wamena - Sentani - Sentani Lake - Assei
Breakfast. Today we leave the valley the same way we came in, our flight brings us back to Sentani. After touchdown we take our private transport to go to the biggest lake of Papua, Sentani Lake. Lunch in a local restaurant on the shores of the lake. Here we step into a local wooden boat for a trip on the lake and a visit to the tiny island of Assei. The people living around this lake are ethnical different from the rest of Papua and remind us of Polynesians. The island of Assei only counts two hundred inhabitants and is well known for its paintings on tree bark. We walk all around the island to experience the daily life of these skilled fishermen and artists. Afterwards we drive to our hotel in Sentani, the Ratna hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 5 : Sentani Lake - Assei
After an early breakfast we go visit Mc Arthur hill, from where we have a beautiful view over the surroundings. This was the centre of war operations under General Mc Arthur in the preparations to liberate the Philippines and the rest of this region. The flight with national carrier Garuda back to Bali or different destination. Dinner at our own leisure. Overnight.
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