This is the beginning of the New Guinea/West Papua expedition with Wilderness Travel. Wamena is a populated area with the Dani tribe. The region is primarily agricultural and somewhat westernized.
One fun note, on walking into the hotel, the same old Dani who stood there 2 years ago is still greeting every visitor. He shook my hand. I responded by looking in his eyes and started, “wa wa wa wa .” He responded and beamed."