Escape the norms of modern civilization, take your passport and uncover the secret legend behind the last frontier in Indonesia. A remarkable spectacle with colourful performances and ancient traditions, Baliem Valley Festival is a genuinely unique experience that leaves a lasting impression on the intrepid travellers who venture into this exciting pocket of Indonesia.
In this article, let’s take a quick look at this vibrant affair and what makes the Baliem Valley Festival such an exciting encounter for those who get off the beaten path:
In case you might be asking yourself, Baliem Valley Festival was established to preserve the local traditions and culture of the region. At the same time, this is also seen as an opportunity for the communities to introduce their cultured ways to visitors from around the world.
In short, the festival commemorates and celebrates the ability and willingness of local tribes to protect and defend their villages. Interestingly, this is the only day of the year that many diverse tribes come together to celebrate their shared heritage.
But what actually happens during the celebration?
Balieim Valley Festival is all about celebrating the traditions, might and power of the local tribe people in the Baliem and Wamena Valley. As part of these celebrations, Lani, Dani and Yali tribes are dressed in very distinctive attire as they stage mock battles, cultural dances and traditional music.
The mock battles are usually the most impressive feature of the festival and something the locals take very serious. After all, they have prepared and trained for these battles in purpose built arenas. Traditional music, Pikon, is played throughout the acts and more than 30 groups are involved in the mock battle.
And that’s just part of the story…
Also known as Pasola Festival, this fascinating day also includes the roasting of pig and many artistic performances such as dance, spear throwing, and even pig racing!
Featuring vibrant performances and some wonderful displays of tradition; this is also one of the most colourful – and interesting – cultural festivals in this part of the world.
In fact, taking a trip up into this mountainous region is often one of the main highlights for visitors. You see, this luscious region is overflowing with green rolling landscapes, primitive villages, friendly people and an atmosphere that is likely to send the heart racing.
At the same time, we can only scratch the surface of this festival with words and the truth is, Baliem Valley Festival has to be experienced rather than explained. Either way, this beautiful celebration is a pulsating experience and an opportunity to step into a primitive land with some of the most intriguing and colourful tribes people.
Day 01: Jayapura – Wamena (L.D)
On arrival in Wamena Airport you will be met by your guide and proceed drive to your booked hotel for check in and continue heading to police station for a travel permit/Surat Jalan, then free afternoon explore the wamena city or the local market. After all, going back to your hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at your booked hotel.
Day 02 – 03: BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL (B.L.D)
Having breakfast, then start driving out heading to the great festival cultural show in Walesi. Enjoy the Opening ceremony. In the Opening Ceremony there will be performance some attractions such; ( Tribal war, Puradan/ children competition, Feast Attraction/traditionally cooked, Tradition dances, Archery competition, Javelin competition, Pikon Competition/local instruments competition, and Pig race competition ) from different districts but also from some big tribes like Yali tribe and the Lany Tribe.
If you are interested to take a part and experience some in this competitions, there will be some contests are provided only for foreigners, like Archery and Javelin competitions, so please let us know early if you are planning to join in then we will arrange it for you. Lunch box and beverages will be provided on the festival. If you are walking around for taking pictures, your guide will stay accompany you around.
After all performances are completely done then drive back to your booked hotel. After end of Festival drive back to your booked hotel
Day 04: Wamena – Jayapura (B.L.D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to Jayapura. Arrival at airport of Jayapura You may have a full day sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat to visit Assey and Ayapo villages how the Sentani tribe make the bark painting. Lunch have at Yougwa restaurant near the lake. After lunch, see the Anthropology museum (open from Monday to Saturday at 09.00-14.00), then Hamadi market & Jayapura city. Afternoon check in at SWISS BELHOTEL in Jayapura for overnight and dinner.
Day 05 : Jayapura – Airport (B)
After breakfast, take a short transfer to the airport, check in and flying back to Jayapura.
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Tour Price : Contact Us
– Private Transportation (Full A/C)
– English Speaking Guide
– Wamena: 3 Nights Accommodation at Baliem Pilamo Hotel or similar
– Jayapura: 1 Night Accommodation at Fave Hotel
– Entrance at Baliem Valley Festival
– Traveling permit arrangement
– Entrance Fee + Parking Fee + Donation Fee
– All activities mentioned on the above program
Exclude in Tour Price:
– Travel Insurance
– Tipping for Driver & Guide
– and any other personal expenses which is not mentioned above
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