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Overview

Embark on an adventure to discover the Dani Village of Jiwika, central of Baliem Valley. Beginning with a trek up-hill to a natural saltwater spring, be amazed by local women in salt-making action and partake in an unforgettable cultural experience as the Dani people cook up a traditional feast popularly known as Bakar Batu.

Trip Highlights

Baliem Valley Adventure

Traditional saltwater hot spring.

Trek one-hour uphill through the rainforest and get to a traditional saltwater hot spring. 

Dani Village

Watch and experience the traditional way of life of the Dani Village people as they cook up a feast in the famous Bakar Batu ritual 

WWII memorial sites

Spend the last day on a city tour of Jayapura visiting WWII memorial sites, museums and local markets 

Itinerary

1

Arrival Jayapura – Wamena

Arrival early in the morning in Jayapura the capital of the province of PAPUA

Recommended flights

Airfares not included and quoted separately. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

From Jakarta: Garuda Indonesia GA656 departing Jakarta at 22:40 and arriving Jayapura at 06:10 (+1 day)

From Makassar: Garuda Indonesia GA658 departing Makassar at 02:25 and arriving Jayapura at 07:00

From Bali:  Garuda Indonesia GA652 departing Denpasar at 01:25 and arriving Jayapura at 08:35 via Timika

Upon arrival at Jayapura Airport in the morning, be picked up by your local English speaking guide and continue flying to Wamena.

Important note: The flights from Jayapura to Wamena are only available with the blacklisted airlines, Trigana Air IL275 from Jayapura to Wamena, departing at 11:45 and arriving at 12:15. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact us for further information and rates.

Upon arrival in Wamena, enjoy lunch and visit a local village before checking in to your hotel.

Dinner at hotel.

Overnight in Wamena.

2

Wamena – Jiwika Village – Kurulu Village

After breakfast in the morning, meet with the guide and driver and head to the traditional Dani Village of Jiwika, in the middle of Baliem Valley. Start an hour uphill trek through the rainforest to the traditional salt spring of the Dani Tribe. Here the local women will display their ancestral salt production techniques.

Walk down the hill and enjoy a picnic lunch at the foot of the mountain.

Following lunch, continue walking to the nearby Kurulu Village to see a 250-year old mummy. Afterwards, allow the women to show how they process brine extracted from the spring.

Return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

3

Traditional pig cooking

After breakfast in the hotel, experience the famous Bakar Batu ritual, where the Dani people cook a pig traditionally on a hot burnt stone with vegetables and sweet potatoes. More than just a delicious feast, it’s an entire cultural experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

Return to the hotel after the feast.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

4

Wamena – Jayapura

Following breakfast, be picked up by the guide and driver and transfer to the airport for a return flight to Jayapura.

Important note: The flights from Wamena to Jayapura only available with the blacklisted airlines, Trigana Air IL274 from Wamena to Jayapura, departing at 10:15 and arriving at 10:45. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact us for further information and airfares.

After arriving in Jayapura, head out for a sightseeing tour of the city and surrounding areas or optional tour Lake Sentani. We will Go to the General Mac Arthur 2nd World War Monument to learn about the area’s role in WWII, or

Optionally visit Sentani Lake. Lunch will be served at a nearby restaurant.

Note: the Anthropology museum is open from Monday to Saturday between 0900 and 1400.

After lunch we visit the Anthropology Museum and then head to Hamadi Market in Jayapura City for a taste of local life.

Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jayapura.

Optional: Upgrade to Hotel Swiss-Bel in Jayapura City possible on request (transfer costs only).

Overnight at the hotel in Jayapura.

5

Jayapura – Departure Flight

After breakfast and check out, meet with the tour guide and driver and be transferred to the airport for the return flight.

Recommended flights

Airfares not included and quoted separately. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

To Jakarta: Garuda Indonesia GA657 departing Jayapura at 07:10 and arriving Jakarta at 10:10 (+1 day)

To Makassar: Garuda Indonesia GA659 departing Jayapura at 11:45 and arriving Makassar at 14:00

To Bali:  Garuda Indonesia GA653 departing Jayapura at 09:25 and arriving Denpasar at 13:45 via Timika

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Accommodation in half-twin/double room.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking local guide (no other languages available)
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary
  • Compulsory Travel permit to Papua (Surat Jalan)
  • Return Flight tickets Jayapura – Wamena – Jayapura with Trigana Air

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • Visa arrangements
  • International flights and taxes
  • Domestic flight to/from Jayapura and taxes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (additional drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance 
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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