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Our Company

We started our first expeditions to the remote areas of Papua with tourists over 30 years ago and are still one of the few reliable tour operators for this part of the world. With our The Baliem Valley Resort in the highlands of Papua, we have one of the best accommodations in New Guinea, allowing every guest to explore this adventurous region. In addition to our guided special tours to destinations such as the Korowai or the Asmat, we are also one of the specialists worldwide for the Carstensz Pyramid. In addition, we have recently started offering year-round tailor-made tours to very exotic destinations in Papua, far from the usual tourism. 

After more than 300 successful expeditions and many guests in our resort, we would be happy to welcome you as our customer soon. Whether you are a single traveller or a tour operator, we look forward to receiving your request.

Dr Werner Weiglein

Dr Werner Weiglein

Since 1979, his main interest is in the cultures of Oceania, especially in Papua, the Indonesian part of the New Guinea island. Until today, he successfully organised and guided more than 250 expeditions in New Guinea and the Salomon Islands. Many publications for specialized press and books underline his experience and reputation. Furthermore, Dr. Weiglein is co-author of publications by world-famous explorers Heinrich Harrer and Dieter Kronzucker. Furthermore, the physician organised and guided more than 20 TV productions to China, Mongolia, Namibia and especially Papua/Indonesia. With more than 30 tours to the Carstensz Pyramid one can safely assume that he is the current world record holder for tours to this mountain.

Portrait Marc Weiglein

Marc Weiglein

Since his childhood Marc has been strongly connected with Indonesia and Papua. Already as a young student he accompanied tours and since 2012 he is a tour guide himself. Several times a year he leads tours to the very exotic destinations in Papua. Marc is also responsible for sales and administration of the Baliem Valley Resort and your main contact for questions about the Baliem Valley and other destinations in Papua. He is co-author of travel guides about Papua, ambitious hobby photographer – most of the photos on this website are taken by him – and believes in the positive effects that sustainable, respectful tourism can have. 

For further photos you may see his Instagram, what else.. 

Madi Jumading

The Baliem Valley Resort

Madi is the on-site manager at The Baliem Valley Resort and has held this position since 2014. He ensures that the resort offers you a pleasant stay, he takes care of your programs, and he is your first point of contact on site.

Siprianus Osan

Jayapura/Sentani

Siprianus is responsible for the handling of all guests in Jayapura/Sentani. He takes care of the tickets, welcomes you at airport, helps with check-in, and guides most of the excursions to the surrounding area.

Ketut Medal

Bali

Ketut is responsible for handling clients of our group tours during their transit stay in Bali. He handles airport transfers, ticketing, and hotel bookings. He can also organise private trips and almost anything else.

Rest of Team

In alphabetical order: Amos, Anton, Bernard, Derrangen, Frans, Fransiskus, Herman, Jimmy, Joni, Jupiter, Lanigeo, Layus, Les, Markus, Maspur, Melius, Nabin, Paulus, Paulus M. and family, Penius, Sakarias, Tanapius, Tapania, Terong, Thomas, Wanamuke, Weakuli, Willem, Yesaya, Yoni, Yosef

Our Projects

Papua Museum

The Papua Museum opened in 2015, and exhibits the private collection of Dr Werner Weiglein. More than 800 objects, collected over the last 40 years, are part of the exhibition. The exhibition covers the whole of New Guinea, but the main focus of the exhibition is the Asmat area. Through reports in newspapers and television, the museum has gained a certain publicity, also and especially in Indonesia. The museum was officially inaugurated by Mr. Anies Baswedan (then in the position of Indonesian Minister of Culture, now Mayor of Jakarta), and is open to the public. Especially participants of our tours are welcome to reflect on their impressions in a suitable atmosphere! The website is in German language only. 

Hotel am Palais & Indonesian Culture Centre

The Hotel am Palais is a boutique hotel in Gelnhausen, Germany and is managed by Claudia Weiglein, wife of Werner Weiglein. The hotel, with its “Kaffeehaus Indonesia”, showcases Indonesian building and architectural elements and is the official cultural centre of the Republic of Indonesia in the federal state of Hesse.

Papua Student House

The Papua Student House in Gelnhausen was opened in 2012 and is part of the educational programs of the government of Jayapura regency. Since then, the student house has accommodated between four and eight students every year. The main focus is on learning foreign languages (mainly German and English). The student house is a starting point for further studies at a European university.

Papua Promotion House Europe

Inaugurated in March 2009 by then Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu and German State Minister Boddenberg, the Papua Promotion House Europe is the official office for the promotion and marketing of Papua, Indonesian in Europe. Not only in the field of tourism, although this is our main strength, but also in economic and other cultural areas. 

ITB Berlin & ITB Asia Singapore

Since 2007 we are an annual exhibitor at the ITB Berlin. Since 2017 we are co-exhibitor together with the Indonesian Pavilion. ITB Berlin takes place every year in March, and you will find the Indonesian Pavilion, and us in Hall 26a.
We have also been co-exhibiting with the Indonesian Pavilion at ITB Asia in Singapore since 2016. The ITB Asia takes place every year in October.
We look forward to meeting you at one of these events.

Thank you for your interest!