Korowai adventure

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Trip Duration Days - 14 Days

Korowai adventure

Price Starts from € 5390

Route proposed with the aim of visiting the Dani and Korowai ethnic groups, who inhabit the mountains and jungles of West Papua. We will live with these traditional aboriginal peoples and we will know aspects of their daily life. The trip is aimed at travelers interested in the latest tribal societies who want to photograph that particular world that is only found in West Papua.
Dates: February 16th to March 1st, 2021

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Supplement for individual store: € 280

The price includes:
 
-all transfers
-accommodation specified in the itinerary
- indicated meals
-bottled water throughout the trip
-English speaking local guide
-Spanish-speaking photographer guide specialized in West Papua
- ground transportation in a private vehicle
-gasoline and tolls
- mentioned excursions
- tribal permits
-entries to the places detailed in the itinerary
-Internal flights:
            -Jayapura -> Wamena
            -Wamena -> Dekai
            -Dekai -> Jayapura
-local assistance at airports during transfers
-boat trip on the river
-porters for jungle trekking
-cook for camping days
-Basic travel insurance (does not include cancellation). The insurance company offers extensions to the included basic insurance that cover cancellation. Check price and conditions.
 
Price does not include:
 
-International flights with air taxes to Jakarta
-vised + management
-drinks and alcoholic beverages
-Hotel in Jakarta in case it is necessary for the flight schedule
-any service not specified in the itinerary
Day 1 (Tuesday, February 16): BARCELONA / MADRID - JAKARTA
International flight. Connection with the flight to Jakarta. Night on board or at the Ibis Budget Jakarta Hotel (depending on the arrival time of the flight).
 
Day 2 (Wednesday, February 17): JAKARTA - JAYAPURA - WAMENA
 Internal flight to Wamena, capital of the Dani (with a stopover in Jayapura). Upon arrival we will begin to be aware of being in tribal territory. We will take a walk through the local market, where everything from animals to utensils and decoration items typical of this ethnic group are sold: arrows, kotekas, etc. After this we will visit the impressive suspension bridge of Wesaput. Night at the Baliem Pilamo Hotel.
 
Day 3 (Thursday, February 18): WAMENA - OBIA
We will leave the hotel in the morning, heading to the traditional town of Obia. Along the way we will visit one of the enigmatic Wamena mummies (only 5 remain). After about an hour's drive we will arrive in Obia and after introducing ourselves to the chiefs of the place we will settle in our austere wooden tents, where we will spend the night.
 
Day 4 (Friday, February 19): OBIA
Full day to enjoy the Dani ethnic group. We will witness how warriors groom themselves, as well as a demonstration of combat dances. If possible, we will also attend a pig ritual; the greatest festive expression of this community. We will discover women without fingers, who will tell us about this strange tradition.
We will try to visit another of the surrounding mummies, and if there is time, the salty waterfall of Mili Mountain.
 
Day 5 (Saturday, February 20): OBIA - WAMENA - DEKAI
 We will leave for the Wamena aerodrome, where we will board the plane that will take us to the primary jungle area, the small town of Dekai. The approximate duration of the flight is about 40 minutes. Once in Dekai, you will check in at a small hotel. This area is the home of the Manimo tribe, whose aesthetics and way of life has been modernizing a lot. Night at the Pemda Hotel.
 
Day 6 (Sunday, February 21): DEKAI - LOKBON - MABUL (B, D, L)
Transfer by motorcycle to the small traditional port in the town of Lokbon (around 1 hour of unpaved road). From Lokbon, we will sail south to the Braza River, one of the largest and reaching the remote area of ??the iconic Cannibal Asmat Tribe. All along the way we will enjoy the dense jungle. A quiet environment, where sometimes we will meet other people who pass in their boats fishing. Along the way, we will be able to stop in small towns that belong to the citak mitak tribe. This ethnic group built their houses with wood and a grass roof on the river bank. Until just 40 years ago they had not incorporated clothing. Most of them still maintain their lifestyle as hunter-gatherers. We will continue sailing south to a medium-sized town called Mabul. It takes about 9 hours by boat to reach this location. We will spend the night in tents at the house of one of the village chiefs.
 
Day 7: (Monday February 22) MABUL - SENDIK (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the local house. Together with our porters, we will walk to the village of Sendik, a small settlement with 2 tree houses (at least so far, as the Korowais periodically modify their buildings). To get there we will have to trek through the muddy and partially wet jungle for approximately 5 hours, covering our feet with waterproof boots to avoid snake bites. This trail is the main access from the outside to the Korowai area. The path is covered by the thick vegetation of the rain forest, and is where the locals hunt and practice their semi-nomadic agriculture. We will camp in the Korowai village of Sendik (single-family village), at the foot of the impressive tree houses.
 
Days 8 and 9: (Tuesday 23 and Wednesday February 24) SENDIK (B, L, D)
 We will spend two full days with the Korowais, in a unique enclave in the world and witnessing the lifestyle of one of the last virgin tribes on the planet.
This ethnic group, which only dresses with leaves covering the intimate parts and bamboo or branches around the waist, feeds on fishing and hunting. We will accompany you on your traditional hunting and fishing games.
 We will also witness how sago trees are cut down and the interior of the trunk is processed to obtain flour.

The korowais take a kind of root that is crushed and dipped in the water. It is poisonous to fish and other aquatic animals. Sometimes they also block sections of small rivers to dry them up. In this way, the fish become easy prey and a good reward for the work carried out as a team. We will stain ourselves a little by catching the fish and frogs with our hands. Children and the elderly will come to the river to work. After such a good job, the locals will cook the catch of the day: fish, frogs and worms on the fire. Korowais cook without spices, if they have a little salt, it will be the only ingredient they will add to give a little flavor to the food.
 
Day 10: (Thursday, February 25) SENDIK - MABUL (B, L, D)
 We will do the same trekking but in reverse, undoing the journey, to return from Sendik to Mabul. We will arrive in Mabul in the afternoon. Night in tents in the house of one of the chiefs of the town.
 
Day 11: (Friday, February 26) MABUL - LOKBON - DEKAI (B, L)
We will walk to the river bank, then sail to Lokbon, a return boat trip of another 9 hours. We will navigate through the great rivers Sirez and Braza. In the dry season, we may need more time, as we must be careful with the logs fallen in the river and sometimes the boatmen will have to be helped to move their boats when the water level is low. We will arrive in Lokbon and continue by car to the hotel in Dekai. Night at the Pemda Hotel.
 
Day 12: (Saturday, February 27) DEKAI - JAYAPURA (B)
We will return to the city to catch a flight back to Jayapura.
Rasen Jayapura Hotel.
 
Day 13: (Sunday, February 28) JAYAPURA - JAKARTA - SPAIN (B)
Return flight.
End of our services.
 
Day 14: Arrival in Spain

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