Tagged: Papua

Welcome to Shangri-La!

So here I am in a little town called Wamena which is located at just over 5000ft elevation in what’s known as the Baliem Valley in the central Papuan highlands. It’s also vaguely known as Shangri-La which is what the...

Learning about the Moni tribes

Every so often whilst flying out here in Papua, something amazing happens. Usually it’s when I get to visit new airstrips and go exploring the village or fly into somewhere that’s not seen an aircraft for months or even years....

When natives go wild

I knew something was a little odder than usual, as I shut the engine off, when one of the local villagers in Mapnduma was dancing around the aircraft with a spear in one hand and a machete in the other....