Korowais & Mentawais: The Last Virgin Tribes on the Planet

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Trip Duration Days - 17 Days

Korowais & Mentawais: The Last Virgin Tribes on the Planet

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We will live with one of the most isolated ethnic groups on the planet: the Korowais. The Korowais have inhabited the jungles of West Papua with a sustainable lifestyle for centuries, and the highlight of this community is that they live in houses built 30 meters high, on top of the treetops. We will enjoy a few days with the so-called "last cannibals", to learn about their customs and traditional lifestyle.
After enjoying one of the wildest and most unexplored regions of this planet, we will go to the Mentawai Islands: white sand beaches and warm water on its coast, while, in its interior, in the middle of the tropical forest, there are about 65,000 people from the Mentawai ethnic group. This ethnic group lived in isolation for many centuries and, although they already have contact with Westerners, it can be seen that the preservation of their culture and traditions are quite intact. It is a hunter-gatherer community well known for its aesthetics. The sharp shape with which they mold their teeth and the tattoos that decorate the different parts of their bodies are something unique. We will be able to share a few days with this tribe and learn more about their lifestyle.
Date: 16 September - 2 October 2021

Duration: 17 days - 16 nights

Guide: Aníbal Bueno, ethno-photographer expert on Asian tribes.

The price includes:
- Local English-speaking guide
- Spanish guide
- Team of porters during the trekkings
- Entry permits to the jungle and villages
- Trekking permits in West Papua
- Accommodation in local houses, mentioned hotels or tents, in double mode
- Land routes in Padang by private vehicle
- Journey by fast ferry Padang - Muara Siberut - Padang
- Motorized canoe from Muara Siberut to the local village
- Food as specified in the itinerary
- Basic travel insurance
- Water throughout the trip
- Meals indicated in the itinerary
- Internal flights

Price does not include:
- International flights
- Additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
- Visa + management
- Purchase of souvenirs and other personal expenses
- Payments for photographs
- Accommodation in Padang
- Cancellation insurance
- Expenses caused by delays and / or cancellations of flights and ships due to force majeure
- Excess weight of luggage on internal flights (the weight allowed on domestic flights is 10-20 kilos depending on the itinerary. The price ranges between 9,000 and 20,000 Indonesian rupees)
DAY 1: SPAIN - JAKARTA - JAYAPURA / SENTANI
Arrival in Jakarta and connection with the flight to Jayapura. Night in flight.

DAY 2: SENTANI - DEKAI - BRAZZA RIVER
Arrival at Sentani airport (Jayapura) reception at the airport by our guide and connection with the flight to Dekai. This flight lasts approximately 40 minutes. Once in Dekai, we will take a vehicle to reach the banks of the Braza River, where we will camp and spend the night to rest. Night in a tent or local houses. FB

DAY 3: DEKAI - MABUL

After breakfast we will go to the pier where we will take a canoe to descend the Braza River to the Patipo Bawa or Befak population, depending on the level of the river. Later, we will sail along the Siret River for several hours until we reach our destination, the Korowai settlement of Mabul, where we will camp and rest from the long day by motorized boat. During this journey (between 8 and 10 hours depending on the river conditions) we will make stops on the river bank to rest and eat while we enjoy the landscapes that the primary jungle offers us. Night in a tent or local houses. FB

DAYS 4, 5, 6 and 7: KOROWAI SETTLEMENT (BATU AND KAPAYAP)

The Korowais inhabit the lowlands of southern Papua; They are semi-nomadic, so during these days we will walk through the jungle, accompanied by our guides and porters, to find their settlement. We will visit several villages and we will be able to interact with them despite the difficulties of the language barrier. We can witness their lifestyle, customs and traditions. We will see the famous "tree houses" where they live, built more than 15 meters high and even reaching 30 meters. The purpose of this type of construction is to keep them safe from evil spirits and avoid the possible attack of wild animals and enemies. The roads will not be easy, we will cross muddy and swampy terrain and cross log bridges to save the rivers. Night in a tent or local houses. FB

DAY 8: KOROWAI - LOPTON - DEKAI

After breakfast we will cross the jungle in the opposite direction and we will get on our boat again to descend the river sailing to the confluence of the Braza and Siret rivers. We will continue along the Braza river to Lotpon, where we will take a vehicle that will take us to Dekai. Here we can rest after about 8-10 hours of travel, depending on the conditions of the rivers. Night in a tent or local houses. FB

DAY 9: DEKAI - JAYAPURA / SENTANI

After breakfast we will catch a plane and head to Jayapura Sentani. Once here, we will settle in the hotel and we will be able to rest from the long journey of the previous day. We will take the opportunity to visit some western towns where communities settle near Lake Sentani. Night at Hotel Sentani. FB

DAY 10: JAYAPURA / SENTANI - JAKARTA / PADANG

Transition day between islands. We will fly from Jayapura to Java, and we will move to the Padang area, to begin the next phase of our adventure. Night in Hotel. FB

DAY 11: PADANG - SIBERUT - MADOBAK

We will get up early, because we must be embarking at the port of Muara at 6 in the morning. We will sail to Siberut where, once there, we will have to report to the local police station to process permits for our visits. After lunch, we will go to the town of Medobak in a small boat. The journey takes around two hours, depending on the river conditions. We will spend the night there. Night in local houses. FB

DAY 12: MADOBAK

After breakfast, we will visit the region, and we will be able to know the culture and customs of its inhabitants. They will show us the daily activities carried out by the Mentawai tribe, such as: hunting, fishing or making sago powder (the main food of this ethnic group). We can also enjoy traditional dances in a small night party. Night in local houses. FB

DAY 13: MADOBAK - SAKALIO

We will spend a few more hours with this community and later we will get going, making a route on foot (around 2 and a half hours) to reach the town of Sakalio. Along the way, we will be able to see the local farmland and meet some locals as they go about their daily work. We will spend the night in Sakalio, together with its inhabitants. Night in local houses. FB

DAY 14: SAKALIO

We will enjoy a full day in this town, in order to experience an immersion in its culture. We will be able to learn about the traditional life of this town and observe the activities they carry out: see how they use the bark and roots of trees, how they tattoo themselves, how they build poisoned bows and arrows, etc. Night in local houses. FB

DAY 15: SAKALIO - MUARA SIBERUT - PADANG - JAKARTA

After breakfast, we will go to Muara port in a small boat and sail back to Padang. We will arrive in Padang around 3 in the afternoon and we will go to the airport to take our flight to the Indonesian capital. Night at the IBIS JAKARTA Hotel. HB (breakfast and lunch).

DAY 16: JAKARTA - FLIGHT BACK TO SPAIN

DAY 17: ARRIVAL IN SPAIN

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