by Rob D'Eon
July 2018
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Trekking in the Baliem Valley: Money

Outside of Wamena, there is no source of money (i.e., no ATMs/banks). So, bring all the cash (Indonesian Rupiah, obviously) you will need for the entire trip. However, because there is almost nothing to spend money on, you don’t need much. You will have to pay for accommodation (100,000 per person per night), and then hey, maybe you’ll buy a necklace off a guy with a penis gourd or something like that. Literally, that’s it. So, if you have 200,000 Rp per person per day plus emergency money, you would be fine. I always bring tons, just in case (money doesn’t go bad).

Hot tip:

·       Bring all of your cash (Indonesian Rupiah) with you from whatever large Indonesian city you are coming from. That way you don’t have to worry about it.

·       Try to have small bills/change, so you can pay with exact change. The guy with the penis gourd, he has no change on him J.

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