THE BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL- (INDONESIA)

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Come explore one of the INDONESIA’s most remotely located PAPUA ISLAND. Embark on a cultural journey with the local tribes of Papua. Once in a lifetime experience to attend and witness the gathering of all the main tribes in this Baliem Valley Festival which is held once a year in the heart of Baliem Valley in the district of Jayawijaya. The lush green highland mountains which are located on the Indonesia side of New Guinea Island.

The main tribes inhabiting the beautiful Baliem Valley in the central highlands of Papua are the Dani, the Yali and the Lani. Although now modernized, the Dani still strongly adhere to their traditions and customs, most notably the dress of the men. Even in this cool mountain climate, men wear only a penis gourd, known as koteka, though complemented with elaborate headdress of bird of paradise or cassowary feathers, while the women wear grass or fern fiber skirts (sali or saly) slung around the waist. And to carry pigs or the harvest of sweet potatoes, women carry a string bag, called noken, slung from their forehead.

To defend their villages or to raid others to avenge for tribe members killed, the Dani practiced regular warfare. However, anthropologists note that the “Dani wars” are more a display of prowess and opulence of dress and decoration rather than an all out war to kill the enemy. Dani warfare displays competence and exuberance, rather than the wish to kill. Weapons used are long spears, measuring 4.5 meters, and bows and arrows. Most often, therefore, there are more wounded than killed, and the wounded are quickly carried off the field. Nowadays, Dani mock battles are held yearly at the Baliem Valley Festival in Wamena during the month of August. At this feast, which has as its highlight the mock battles among the tribes, the Dani, Yali, and Lani send their best warriors to the arena, wearing their best regalia. The festival is complemented with a Pig Feast, Earth cooking and traditional music and dance. There are also arts and crafts exhibited or for sale.Each tribe will come with their own identity, and one can see clear differences among them and identify tribes according to their costume especially the penis gourds each wears. The Dani men usually wear only a small koteka (penis gourd / penis cover), while the Lani tribesmen wear larger koteka’s, since their bodies are bigger than the average Dani, while the Yali wear long slender kotekas held by a rattan belt, strapped at the waist. By attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have a rare chance to learn and experience firsthand the different traditions of each tribe participating in the Festival without having to make the difficult trek to their compounds deep in the hinterland of West Papua.

 

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    All about the THE BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL- (INDONESIA).

    The Baliem Valley Festival will be held on August 8 – 10th 2018

    Overview of the itinerary:

    • 7 Aug 2018 – Jayapura to Wamena(Papua)
    • 8 Aug 2018 – Full Day at the Festival
    • 9 Aug 2018 – Exploring Local Tribal Village
    • 10 Aug 2018 – End of Baliem Festival - Depart Home Country

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All permits and permissions in Papua and Festival·
    • Special Permission for Foreign Tourists in Papua Region·
    • Entrance Tickets for Festival·
    • Donations for local tribes and villages ·
    • Land transportation during the trip·
    • Tour Leader (Local Guide)
    • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Visa for Indonesia ·
    • International Airfare
    • Cost of photography at the village·
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary·
    • Tipping for guides and drivers (approx tipping IDR100000/day/person)
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal Medication
    • Travel Insurance
    1. Day1 Arrive to Jayapura Then Flights to Wamena(Papua)

      7 Aug 2018 Based on your flight arrival 07.08.2018, 11:40, arrive in Wamena Meetup with Local Guide at Wamena(Papua).We will secure your permits which is very important for all visitor arriving to Papua and to the Baliem Valley Festival. Our local guide will handle all your transfers and permit at the immigration at airport of Wamena. 11.40 Arrive at Wamena then transfer to the hotel & relax 14.00 Once you have settled we will pick up and to maximize your stay in wamena we will brining you around the Wamena city to explore the local area (Local Markets, paddy fields , local huts etc.) We will see Mummy in Jiwika, the mummy of this warlord is more than 300 years old. (Lunch and Dinner will be inclusive)

    2. Day2 Full Day at the Festival

      8 Aug 2018 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel and depart for the festival location 09.00 Full day attending the Baliem Festival 12.00 Lunch box at the festival location 15.00 In the afternoon, return to hotel and rest 19.00 Dinner at local resto *( Lunch and Dinner)

    3. Day3 Exploring Local Tribal Village

      9 Aug 2018 08.00 Breakfast at Hotel then head to Dani Tribes (village) 09.00 The locals will perform war and dance once we arrive their village 14.00 In the afternoon, head to Baliem Valley resort to enjoy special coffee of Wamena 16.00 Return to hotel then free and easy 19.00 Dinner at local resto *( Lunch and Dinner)

    4. Day4 End of Baliem Festival - Depart Home Country

      10 Aug 2018 After breakfast at hotel we will pick you up and drop you to the airport. Depart to home country. End of Tour.

    Standard Package / Deluxe Package

    Standard Package – SGD1480/pax (4 nights stay at Wamena Hotel)
    Deluxe Package – SGD1680/pax (4 nights stay at Baliem Pilamo Hotel)