Once you read or give it a deeper study to
Danis way of life, dont be surprised that you may find your eye lifting
or forehead wrinkling. Why? Because the Dani is uniquely amazing.
The Dani men and women sleep separately in different honai (Danis
traditional house). The men sleep grouped in one honai, while the women
and children slumber in another honai. As descended from their ancestor,
sex is taboo for the women after giving birth, for 2 or 5 years. As the
result the Dani generated healthier kids since the women focus on
babysitting the kids during the most important phase of growth.
This situation makes the men vulnerable to polygamy, its a true fact
of life that the Dani men are allowed to have more than 1 wife or as
many as he can afford. A man should give 4-5 pigs to the girls parent he
wants to marry. For Dani men, his social status are initiated by the
number of wives and pigs he has.
Another remarkable custom of Dani is that women will amputate their
finger when their relatives die, hence don’t be surprised when you see
women with missing finger.
To enhance the quality of your experience in Baliem Valley, a guide
is essential since there are no clear maps or signage initiated for
visitor. The guide will help to lead the track, communicate with the
local people and in advance. The guide will also inform you about local
dos and don’ts.
Flying might be the only way to access the Baliem Valley through
Wamena. Here are some alternatives on carrier from Jayapura to Wamena:
(For further info, ask the officers at Sentani Airport Information
Center). Trigana Air Services provide daily flights into and out of
Wamena. Spot the Trigana Air Service Offices at Sentani Airport terminal
and Wamena Airport terminal.
Hercules carrier provide by Indonesian army (TNI)
To access Baliem Valley, you can rent car or public bus from Wamena.
Would you mind if we say ON FOOT? Through trekking, you can witness
traditional ceremonies, traditional markets and the people of Dani.
There is no restaurant inside the Baliem- Valley, a guide could bargain
the Dani people to provide simple meals. Its stoutly advised, that the
visitor bring their own meals and snack during the trekking. Meals and
snacks can be found in grocery store at Wamena.
The captivating Baliem Fiesta/Festival is held on August around 10 –
17 August every year. The festival performs traditional dances, pig
races, ancestral fighting and races. Today, Baliem Fiesta is one of the
main reasons why tourists visit Papua. Its a magical Fiesta says most of
Try visiting the large and busy local market at Sinatma, or spotting
mummies at Kurulu Village.
For those who are adventurer and cultural observer in heart, stay and
mingle with the Baliem Valley people is possible, just make sure your
guide booked it before your visit. Go show? Affordable. If the first
alternative is way too extreme, you can stay at hotels at Wamena:
* Wamena Hotel at Jl. Homhom 61
* Srikandi Hotel at Jl. Irian 16
* Pondok Wisata Putri Dani at Jl. Irian 40
* Nayak Hotel at Jl. Gatot Subroto 63
* Hotel Syah Rial Makmur at Jl. Gatot Subroto 45
* Hotel Anggrek at Jalan Ambon 1
* Baliem Pilamo Hotel at Jalan Trikora
* Baliem Valley Resort (3 star resort), www.baliem-valley-resort.de
Souvenirs can be easily found on the valley as you can buy the crafts
directly from the Dani people.
* Stone blade is a major favorite among visitors
* Sekan: rattan bracelate
* Noken: made from trees bark
* Head and arm necklace
* Jogal: grass skirt
* And other head decorations
Guide is needed to explore the valley
Dont forget to bring the copy of your Surat Keterangan Jalan
Best time to visit is between March and August
If you travel during the rainy season, be prepared with cold weather
Ask your guide about Dos and Donts in the Baliem Valley
Foreigner must obtain a travel permit letter or known as Surat
Keterangan Jalan to get the access into the interior part of Papua. You
can obtain the Surat Keterangan Jalan at main town police station such
as Jayapura, Merauka, Timika, Biak, Nabire, Monokwari and other main
city. The permit of lasts will depend on your request, from 1 week until
1 month or even longer. Please prepare copies of your passport, recent
photograph and list of places you wish to visit. Its easy to get the
Surat Keterangan Jalan, because the officers are friendly and helpful.
You can ask your travel agent to arrange the Surat Keterangan Jalan.
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