Apr 252011

Baliem Valley by tripmakerbd.com

Birds of paradise sang our praises as my bride and I scrambled down an overgrown cliff at the southern end of Baliem Valley in Irian Jaya, using branches as handrails in a moment of our honeymoon that felt less romantic than heart-stoppingly uncertain. Suddenly there was nothing to hold on to except a sheer rock face. The path had narrowed into a ledge that accommodated only one foot at a time and took a sharp turn around the far side of the rock, apparently straight over the edge. About 240 m below us was the tiny missionary village of Tangma, nestled between a pristine river gorge and a grassy airstrip where a Cessna waited to return us to our hotel 30 km away.   Continue reading »