Top 10 Things to do in Wamena, Indonesia

February 26, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Wamena is the capital town of the Jayawijaya Regency of Indonesia. It is the largest town in Indonesian Papua's highlands, in the Baliem Valley and had a population of 31,724 at the 2010 Census. Wamena is the urban centre of a rural area housing highland West Papua's highest concentration of population, with over 300,000 people inhabiting the Baliem Valley and surrounding areas. These people belong to a number of related ethnic groups, the most prominent of which are referred to as Dani, Lani and Yali.

1. Mummies of Akima

Akima, Wamena, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Mummies of Akima

Reviewed By Svitlana Z - Odessa, Ukraine

They are old, 200-300 years old. People keep the mummy of an ancestor in their houses. The chief of the tribe said he did not want to be burned when he died. So a mummy was made by drying the body. It is always in a sitting position. The people take the mummy out of the house for some ceremonies like funerals, marriage, etc.

2. Mummy of Jiwika

Wamena, Indonesia
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26%
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3.5 based on 42 reviews

Mummy of Jiwika

Reviewed By devison - Peterborough, United Kingdom

Sadly we visited during peak season and it seem that they like to hike the prices then, had to pay 80,000 each to see it and then 50,000 for a man to hold it total 210,000 to see the mummy. Had another couple not agree a price first and just took a couple of photos and they wanted 350K off them. As we were leaving we had many aggressive people grabbing us trying to force us to buy souvenirs. Over all a waste of money and a village I would say for people to miss.

3. Saltwater Well, Wamena

Iluwe Aimo, Wamena 99511, Indonesia +62 22 44222505
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4 based on 11 reviews

Saltwater Well, Wamena

Reviewed By DSMcComb - London, United Kingdom

I visited the saltwater well in Wamena as part of a day trip organised by Dr Weiglein Expeditions, while I was staying at the gorgeous Baliem Valley Resort.
Reaching the saltwater well requires a decent level of fitness – you need to climb a steep and uneven forest pathway for around 45mins before you reach the well, and in the heat of a Papuan afternoon this can be exhausting.
However, the trip is worth it. It’s fascinating to see locals extracting salt using traditional methods, and if you have a decent guide they’ll be able to tell you the horrific local legend that explains why the pool exists.
So long as you don’t get out of breath easily – and don’t mind being soaked in sweat by the time you get there – the saltwater well is a fascinating place to visit, and if you bring a decent zoom lens you’ll get some breathtaking photos.

4. Lake Habbema

Wamena | Wamena, Wamena, Indonesia
Excellent
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4 based on 9 reviews

Lake Habbema

Reviewed By Athan1971 - Papua

beautiful but too far, you can find other people in the hotel to have a car to reach the Lake Habema. you can do this tour after viist festival in Wamena. more enjoyable if you stay overnight to use a tents, I can say this area is suitable for young people like you.

5. Sinatma Suspension Bridge

Sinatma, Wamena, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Sinatma Suspension Bridge

Reviewed By Nita C - Hong Kong, China

Crossing the bridge was an adrenaline challenge. It bounced around up and down to the left and right. I screamed like a dummy when I was standing in the middle of the bridge as the bouncing got crazier and I was so scared of flipping over or ended up falling to the river, which according to a friend, there are alligators swimming in the river (I didn't see one during my visit, but a few locals confirmed about the alligators rumor). A few locals who were also crossing the bridge laughed at me, but I had fun.

6. Pasar Nayak - Market

Jl Pramuka, Wamena, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Pasar Nayak - Market

Reviewed By DSMcComb - London, United Kingdom

I visited Pasar Nayak Market in Wamena as part of a day trip organised by Dr Weiglein Expeditions, while I was staying at the gorgeous Baliem Valley Resort.
I’m fortunate as I've had an opportunity to visit markets across Indonesia, but Pasar Nayak is by far the most interesting as there are many strange and unusual fruits and vegetables on display, and I often had to rely on my guide to help me make sense of the strange produce I encountered.
The market is also worth visiting as you’ll see many people in Dani tribal dress, and it’s fascinating to see the modern world (motorcycles, mobile phones and so on) existing alongside ancient traditions.
While staying at the Baliem Valley Resort, we looked forward to breakfast each morning as it always included fresh and delicious fruit – and if you visit Pasar Nayak Market, you’ll see exactly where these sumptuous treats come from.

7. Putra Papua Tours

Wamena, Indonesia
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5 based on 3 reviews

Putra Papua Tours

Reviewed By nurlinYikwa9998

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

8. Pugima - Traditional Village

Pugima | Wamena, Wamena, Indonesia
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5 based on 4 reviews

Pugima - Traditional Village

Reviewed By DSMcComb - London, United Kingdom

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.

9. Contilola Cave

Waga Waga, Wamena, Indonesia
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 8 reviews

Contilola Cave

Reviewed By Ben2007 - Utrecht, Netherlands

The cave itself has little special to offer. It isn't very deep, but still a slipperly climb up and down. Inside the cave you get a view of the jungle exit on the other end. Don't expect any impressive stalagmites or other geological features though.

10. Traditional Village of Wamerek

Wamerek | 30 km east of Wamema, Wamena, Indonesia +62 822-4422-2505
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Traditional Village of Wamerek

Reviewed By Joshua B - Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Recently my wife and I have traveled to the Baliem Valley to attend the festival held every summer (August), and for a small trekking through the valley.
For this first contact with Papua, we decided to contact a local guide: Onesius Lokobal.
Our experience with him was very good, Onesius tried at all times to make us comfortable travel, and showed us really nice areas of the valley.
On the other hand, the total price of the trek was considerably cheaper than those offered by travel agents, without losing quality.
Not hesitate to contact him if you want to visit this region in the company of a local guide, he speaks fluent English, Indonesian, etc ...
Contact information:
Onesius Lokobal
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Web: www.baliemtourguide.weebly.com
Phone: +6282244222505

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