Baliem Valley, located in Wamena, Jayawijaya district, is the favorite destination in Papua among foreign tourists, Director of Papua Adventure Tours and Travels Gantang said here on Wednesday.“A lot of foreign tourists visit Baliem Valley,” he affirmed.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Wamena reaches hundreds of people every month.
“In a month, the number of foreign tourists visiting Baliem Valley is some 200 to 300 people,” Gantang added.
This figure doubles during the vacation season, especially in August when the Baliem Valley Festival is held.
“In August, the number of tourists increases to 700. In total, more than 3,000 foreign tourists visit Baliem Valley in a year,” Gantang noted.
According to the tour operator, the uniqueness of the Dani tribe that lives in Baliem Valley and the natural beauty of this location attract foreign tourists to Wamena.
“The natural beauty and traditions of Wamena and the Dani tribe are what foreign tourists bored with the routine and modernity in their countries seek,” Gantang remarked.
He mentioned that the exclusive tourism package rate to visit Wamena for four to five days was around US$800-US$850 per person, while the regular package was US$600.
“It is quite expensive, but worth it,” he said.