Waimena, Angguruk Market
Baliem valley is located in the Wamena regency, in central Papua. Situated at an altitude of 1,600 m, the valley is 60 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide and is circled by mountain peaks rising between 2,500 and 3,000 meters. Discovered in 1938 by an American explorer, the valley is home to the Dani tribesmen, who live from primitive ways of farming. Today, despite the foreign influence, the valliges peoples use to live as they have been leaving for centuries, men wearing the koteka (penis gourds) and women wearing fibre skirts and carrying goods in fibre bags hanged by their head, the noken.
The regency’s capital of Baliem is Wamena (a 45 minutes flight from Jayapura) and it is the only town in the valley. Small Dani villages surround Wamena and can be explored by those who want to experience an ancient way of life. The highlights of the tour are: the Dani Market in Wamena, the nearby village of Wauma and, further out, Aikima, where a 250 years old mummy can be seen, as well as Suroba, Jiwika and other neighboring villages.