Things to Do in Wamena

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Things to Do in Wamena

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  • Ratna S
    Perth, Australia17 contributions
    Lake Habema is about 3,200 above sea level. It is a very interesting place to see if you are a bird watcher or if you love flora. You need a permit to visit this place since it is part of the national park. It is easy to get the permit, but you really need a local guide to visit this place. He will take you to get the permit, organise transportation (which isn't cheap but worth every penny) and other things. We saw some stunning birds such as Macgregor's honey-eater! The Rhododendrons are stunning. To be able to see Myrmecodia lamii (the ant's plant) was special indeed.
    Written December 8, 2016
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  • FamilienOlesen4
    Koege, Denmark918 contributions
    Unfortunately we were told by our driver, that it was an easy walk of one hour and 15 minutes. And he didnt take a look at our shoes. I was wearing sandals!!!

    It had been raining, so aside from being steep it was also muddy and slippery.

    Although the surroundings were beautiful and our two guides, Pilamo and Mariana were very sweet and helpful, it was a horrible walk up and down.

    The process at the saltwater well was interesting, but all we could think about was the tough journey ahead going down the hill again.

    Så make sure to wear goretex trekking shoes for this trip - atleast in case it has just recently been raining.
    Written July 10, 2017
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  • Crystal P
    1,315 contributions
    If you are looking for unusual gifts this is the place to go. Cassowary bone items, bird of paradise hats, etc. Just be careful, as customs may seize the things you buy if they are animal related. Things are very inexpensive.

    The oranges are delicious and very cheap.
    Written July 24, 2017
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  • Marcio M
    Niteroi, RJ207 contributions
    Nice tour. Close to Wamena city. There is a Dany small village called Jiwika where people keep a mummy of ancient Dani. There are only 4 of them in Papua.
    Written October 12, 2018
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  • anemicblnde
    Simi Valley, CA142 contributions
    I just walked in the middle and held tight to the sides. Afterwards, of course, I was told about the tourist who died last year.
    Written August 18, 2014
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  • DSMcComb
    London, UK89 contributions
    I visited the village in the Pugima Valley as part of a day trip organised by Dr Weiglein Expeditions, while I was staying at the gorgeous Baliem Valley Resort.

    I had a chance to visit many villages and hamlets during my time in the Baliem Valley, all of which were unforgettable. It’s encouraging to see how fiercely protective the Dani and other tribes in the Baliem Valley are of their traditions, and how many people still want to live a traditional lifestyle despite the march of modernity. Sure, some hamlets now have generators and electricity – but as the houses are still constructed using time-honoured methods, and you’ll encounter men who have several wives living with them in enclosed compounds, visiting these villages feels like stepping into a time warp.

    When walking through the Pugima Valley, we were caught in an epic rain storm. As we stood shivering under a tree, a woman came from a nearby hut and offered us a place beside her fire until the storm passed. I was incredibly touched by her kindness; and after encountering the very worst of human nature when trying to book tours around Southeast Asia – see my forum posts, for example – it revived my faith in humanity.
    Written February 18, 2016
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  • Sebastian3962
    Charlotte, NC178 contributions
    To reach this area you have to hike through jungle for about 30 minutes. The bridge is our so to cross the river you have to take a dug out canoe that hold two people and sit in dried leaves on the bottom of the boat. The owner is the grandson of the mummy. One you get to other side he leads you to his home where he shows you the mummy which is about 100 years old and he was a tribal chief. There was only his father there whom we got to met. Not touristy at all. Quite simple and poor area.
    Written February 15, 2017
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  • DSMcComb
    London, UK89 contributions
    I visited Contilola Cave in Wamena as part of a day trip organised by Dr Weiglein Expeditions, while I was staying at the gorgeous Baliem Valley Resort.

    The journey from the car park to the cave itself requires a decent level of fitness; you need to climb a steep and uneven pathway for around 10mins, and as the floor of the cave is slippery – and covered in a layer of greasy bat droppings – you need to be careful or else you’ll slip. It’s definitely not a place to visit in flip-flops!

    The cave is split roughly into two parts, each of which is enormous and great fun to explore. Reaching the second section requires shimmying down a steep slope, so be prepared to get your hands dirty when you scramble back out again.

    Along the edges of the cave are some pitch-black caverns, none of which I had the nerve to explore, and at various points you’ll feel panicked bats fluttering above your head. But if caves are your thing and you don’t scare easily, Contilola Cave should be high on your list of things to see in Wamena.
    Written February 18, 2016
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  • Alexis D
    Annecy, France249 contributions
    It was the first village I slept in during my 8-day trekking in Papua.
    Family was very welcoming. Place is very natural and clean.
    You have small river to wash yourself. For the night I had a small mat and few blankets.
    Written August 18, 2016
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  • rhoogveld
    Arnhem, The Netherlands7 contributions
    For an everlasting experience go for à multiple day trekking in the Baliem Valley. Of course you go for a local guide and we then highly recommend Onesius Lokobal. He is an experienced guide, originates from the Valley and can tell you all you want to know. He really takes care of everything. He will ask a fair price and the local people will benefit also from what you pay. When you leave the Valley after your trekking, you will leave a friend. We will never forget this week with Onesius.
    Ronald & Angeline
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • kostas V
    5 contributions
    It was a real fortune to have such a gentle person as Ray for my guide in Balliem Valley. I was impressed of his knowledge of the area but most of all of how much he is respectable by the people we were meeting across the valley.
    Written January 23, 2020
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  • nurlinYikwa9998
    3 contributions
    Mumi suku Dani
    I visited this museum on December 2017.
    See the AGAT MOMETE MABEL
    Me of seven mummies that has been hundreds year's ago,the museum is located inside the village of Dani's tribe however The entrance fee Super expensive amounting Dr 1,5 million for Two person's.
    Once you paid for this You can take Picture with the mummies at it is included in the package ,there are other Attractions suchas tradition ritual and Story of Dani's
    So, it was very lateresty and eventagh the fee is expensive but very interesting experience from that
    Written March 14, 2018
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