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  • Domestic Tours
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The Dani, Lani and Yali are the main tribes inhabiting the striking Baliem valley of Papua. Almost untouched by modernity, these tribes still firmly hold onto their cultures and traditions. This is most apparent in the clothes they wear when performing rituals. Not bothered with the cold climate of the highlands, men only wear Koteka (penis covers). During festivities they dress themselves up in colorful headdresses made of feathers from Cendrawasih birds, cassowaries, forest chickens, and cockatoos. The women dress themselves in Sali, frilly skirts made of ferns, coupled with a noken bag that is curled around the head, and made of the same material as the Sali. 

The residents of the Baliem Valley use the noken to carry around anything from crops to small children. Every August the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival is held in the Jayawijaya regency. The festival started in 1989 and is usually held before the celebration of the independence day of the Republic of Indonesia. It is the oldest cultural festival of Papua and celebrates Baliem-style traditions. Each District sends a contingent to participate in this festival. The Jayawijaya Regency counts 40 districts. As the contingent of each district contains around 30 people, there will be at least 1200 people performing. Imagine the hustle and bustle taking place in the festival arena. War Dances with various background scenarios form the main menu. Tribal wars used to be an inseparable part of the inhabitants of the Baliem Valley. War first, talk later. Currently wars are fought out in the arena of the festival shows. In this show of warfare, the performers are fully ornamented and wear various traditional attributes. 

Indo Travel offers a program of living together with the performers a few days before the festival takes place. Experience the preparations for the festival in a local village, and whenever possible, participate in the performance on the arena of the festival. Watch and learn directly from the performers, and enjoy the spectacle from the front seat!


Trip Schedule

  • 6 - 11 August 2018


Meeting Point : Sentani airport, Jayapura, Papua. August 6, 2018.


Day 1: August 6, 2018. Jayapura – Wamena 

Flights: Jayapura – Wamena. Meals: lunch, dinner.

Arrive in Jayapura then we fly to Wamena (± 1 hour)

After arriving and having lunch in Wamena, we go directly to Obia village, Kurulu district. Meeting and introduce ourself to the hosts. Staying in Obia.


Day 2: August 7, 2018. Obia village

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will join the locals head for the salt mine. Collecting the salt traditionally. An act that has been done from generation to generation. We shall spent the entire day doing this, since the hotspring located around 2 (two) hours walking from the village. Staying in Obia.


Day 3: August 8, 2018. Obia village

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

In the morning, we will go to the Baliem valley festival opening ceremony to check on the atmosphere. Afterward we go back to the village to make the attires needed to perform at the festival. In the afternoon, practices for the festival will be held. We may watch, observe, or even joining their practice.



Day 4: August 9, 2018. Around Baliem valley.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Today we will go to several interesting spots in Baliem valley. Start by going to Lake Habema, one of the highest lake in Indonesia (± 3600 masl). Then we go to Baliem Valley Resort to enjoy the fascinating landscape of Baliem valley. Later on we shall go to one of the village who still kept the mummified body of their “Great Chief”. In the afternoon we go back to Obia to check on their final preparation for the festival the next day.


Day 5: August 10, 2018. Baliem valley festival arena

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast we join the locals to go to the festival arena. We will spend the entire day at the festival. Checking on the performers from many districts. After performing, we go back to the village and state farewell to our hosts. We will go to Wamena to stay in one of the hotel there.


Day 6: August 11, 2018. Wamena – Jayapura 

Meal: breakfast

After finishing breakfast, we will be drop in the airport to fly back to Jayapura. From Jayapura we fly to our origin citiy.

The journey’s end.