is the regency's capital of Baliem , it is 45 minutes flight from
Jayapura and it is the only town in the valley. In this small town
, you'll view extraordinary mixture of culture and customes - of
Dani tribesmen, Minangs, Javanese, Ambonese. Wamena's market, bustling
with farmers selling produce, it the town's premier attraction.
are statues of Dani warriors here, penis gourds pointing proudly
upward. This town is a Dani's handicrafts marketing center. Restaurant
here are run by Javanese and Sumatrans.
is surrounded by native villages of the Dani. Nearest villages may
be reached on foot are Wauma, Sinatma, where the rope hanging bridge
is and Wesaput. More interesting villages, away from Wamena, are
Aikima, Suroba amd Jiwika.These villages may all be visited in one
day. At Sopahima, Jiwika neighborhood a preserved 250 years old
mummy can be seen.