Free West Papua : 5 Wonders of Papua That You May Not Know

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Hearing the word Papua, surely what comes to mind is tribal tribes. Apparently, Papua has a miracle that is unknown to many people. Get ready to be surprised because besides snow, Papua has several other wonders ... many of us may not know.
There are miracles that come from nature, man-made, or even unsolved mysteries. detikTravel came and watched the miracles up close.
Located on the eastern tip of Indonesia, Papua has a variety of interesting destinations to visit. You can wade through Lake Sentani with many groups of islands, chatting with tribes that still hold customs and traditions, such as using koteka, or playing around in the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border area in Merauke.
Here are 5 Wonders of Papua:
1. Snow in tropical countries
Want to see snow in Indonesia? Come to Mount Carstenz. This mountain is the highest mountain in Papua, with an altitude of 4,884 masl and is one of the 7 peaks of the continent or known as Seven Summit Continental. Carstenz is a series of Jaya Wijaya Mountains in Lorentz National Park. At its peak there is eternal snow.
If you want to climb Carstenz, you must prepare supplies and physical to climb for 11 days. Carztens climb can be started from Sugapa in Puncak Jaya district. From Sugapa, you can rent a porter at a cost of around Rp. 500-1 million per day.
To put your feet on the Carstenz Peak, you also need to be able to rope. The reason is that you have to cross a 100-meter-high ravine by hanging and climbing on a rope in the air to stand in the place where the snow falls in Indonesia.

2. White sand on the hill
If usually white sand is identical to the beach, then it is different in Wamena, a district in Jaya Wijaya Regency, Papua. Here you will be amazed at the white sand on the hill. Wonderful!
The hill is called Bukit Sumpula. It's easy enough to come there. From Wamena City, it only takes about 45 minutes. There are 6 places here that have white sand. The grass becomes a base resting upon arrival. However, the white sand will be visible when you climb the hill. The white sand here is wide and very smooth.
Indeed, Wamena does not have a beach. But this white sand hill is enough to tell about the children in Wamena, how it feels to play on the shore. You will be really drugged.

3. Mummies in the interior of Indonesia
No need to go all the way to Egypt to see mummies. In Wamena, there are Papuan mummies which apparently are no less 'spooky' than mummies in Egypt. The color is black and the curves of the body are clearly visible. The mummy is not in a sleeping position, but sits while both hands hold the knees and the head is up and up.
These Papuan mummies are not wrapped in bandages and there are around 6 in Wamena, the most famous of which is in Sompaima Village, Kurulu District. The process of making this mummy is dried and dried in the cave. The bodies that were made mummified were not people carelessly. The mummies were tribal chiefs or warlords. The age? About 300 years!
Even more astonishing, this mummy is not a tradition or ritual. The chieftains or warlords advised to be mummified in order to provide welfare for the tribes and their communities.

4. A mysterious painting in Kontilola Cave
Another miracle from Wamena, Kontilola Cave. This cave is located about 1 hour from Wamena Airport. To enter this cave, you have to climb natural stairs and explore the forest for about 10 minutes. Arriving at the mouth of the cave, there is a large hall with damp air and the smell of bat droppings.
This cave is a horizontal cave. However, to enter into it you must provide complete equipment such as flashlights, boots, helmets, and other safety. So, you can only get to the big hall if you don't have complete equipment. No need to be disappointed, from this great hall of the cave you can see a miracle that is also a mystery.
 5.  The Blue Lake which green color
One place in Papua that has not been touched by the traveler is Telaga Biru in Maima District, Wamena. From Maima District, you have to trekking from Maima District to arrive at Telaga Biru.
This lake is hidden behind a steep hill, surrounded by green cliffs that block it from the surrounding landscape. This lake is also considered sacred by the local community. That said, this lake is precisely the first appearance of humans on earth.
The magic of this lake is its turquoise green. I don't know where the green comes from. Besides that, the tourist prohibition to swim here must be obeyed. According to local people, there used to be tourists who swam and found the Honai (Dani's traditional house) in his ear.


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