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Travel La Gomera - a shared gallery : A collection of La Gomera pictures from my other galleries - La Gomera is a little Canary Island close to West Sahara in Africa. Enjoy :)

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Travel La Gomera - a shared gallery

Alexius Jorgensen

A collection of La Gomera pictures from my other galleries - La Gomera ...

Updated: Aug 30, 2014 1:44pm PST

An Hour's Walk @ Wamena Street :

An Hour's Walk @ Wamena Street

Vicky Yeow

Updated: Aug 30, 2014 2:35am PST

An Amazing World :

An Amazing World

Vicky Yeow

Updated: Aug 30, 2014 1:50am PST

Trekking in the Baliem Valley (Wamena-Kilise-Syokosimo-Wamena) :

Trekking in the Baliem Valley (Wamena...

Vicky Yeow

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 8:27pm PST

San Diego Gallery : San Diego stock photos and scenics of the city skyline, harbor, downtown, and other attractions.

San Diego Gallery

sandiegostockphoto

San Diego stock photos and scenics of the city skyline, harbor, downto ...

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 1:14pm PST

Lolo Photograhpy :

Lolo Photograhpy

Laurent Habozit

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 3:23am PST

-Bristol :

-Bristol

Dominik Bargiel

Updated: Aug 28, 2014 1:19pm PST

The Warriors @ Wamena : Papua is the western half of the island New Guinea, the most eastern province of Indonesia. New Guinea is the largest and highest tropical island of the world. The northern part of the island is separated from the southern part by a massive chain of mountains known as Pengunungan Maoke. Punjak Jaya is the highest peak at 5000 meters and is Indonesia's tallest snow-capped mountain with glaciers. Papua has a large variety of eco-systems including the richest coral reefs in the world. The coastal systems of Papua contain some of the most pristine and largest tracs of mangroves in the world. From the lowland swamps to the highland mountains one will encounter massive areas of undisturbed tropical rainforest.

More than 70 km long and around 20km wide, 1800 m above the sea level and surrounded by a crest of mountains some of which reach up to 4500, this area was not touched by the western world until the 1940s. And it took many more years to discover the whole beauty of this fertile highland and the various tribes living there. The valley is incredibly lush and fertile and the people living here have a farming tradition more than 9000 Years long – much longer than in most other parts of the world.

Papua is thinly populated. There are 2,5 million people living in Papua. One million Indonesian immigrants from other Indonesian islands inhabit mostly the coastal regions. Another 1,5 million indigenous papuans inhabit mostly the inland of Papua, from the high peaks, through the forest, into the lowland swaps and mangroves.

There are over 250 tribes in Papua. Some of them are very similar but they all possess their own unique culture and language which makes Papua's cultural diversity unique on earth. Papua is the largest still intact natural museum of our planet earth. In many remote places people still live in untouched stone age culture. To experience these people and the unique flora and fauna of the highland and the tropical lowland jungles of Papua can be difficult, expensive, and very uncomfortable, but will be extremely rewarding. The wildlife is truly remarkable with many endemic species of plants, birds, and mammals, making Papua unlike any other place on earth. Kombai Tour

The hospitality and friendship of the local people will guide the traveler and help create an experience which will be remembered for a lifetime. Almost every traveler who visits Papua desires to return, so strong is the attraction of one of the most remote places of the world.


The Baliem Valley

Baliem valley, located in the central highland of Papua, is the most visited area of Papua. The fertile valley 1500 meters above sea level has been discovered in 1938, but people have been farming in the valley for thousands of years. Wamena is the valley's largest town and is the capital of the Jayawijaya district with a population of 65,000. The valley and its surrounding mountains with peaks over 3000 meters are the home of 3 friendly tribes. 

The Dani inhabit the base of the valley. 
The Lani are in the western mountain area and the 
Yali tribe in the south and east of the valley. 

All tribes have distinctive cultures and languages, but all men wear a koteka or penis gourd. Each tribe cultivate their own.
 
The Dani use a small thin koteka. 
The Lani use a wide medium koteka and 
the Yali use the largest one, sometimes held up with rattan hoops.

The Warriors @ Wamena

Vicky Yeow

Papua is the western half of the island New Guinea, the most eastern p ...

Updated: Aug 28, 2014 7:05am PST

LAS VEGAS :

LAS VEGAS

george (YB13)meehan

Updated: Aug 25, 2014 4:49pm PST

Arena Sferisterio - Macerata -Italy : Folk festival

Arena Sferisterio - Macerata -Italy

Ernesto Scarponi

Folk festival

Updated: Aug 25, 2014 10:11am PST