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 Papua New Guinea - one of the least-explored land areas in the world - is an island located in Oceania, east of Indonesia and north of Australia. Considered one of the world’s most diverse countries biologically, geologically, culturally and linguistically, Papua New Guinea boasts a stunning array of plant and animal life and different types of natural terrain as well as a population that speaks over 800 languages (though there are only a handful of living speakers for many of those languages).

English is classified as one of these 800 official languages, but unfortunately is not commonly spoken amongst the natives.

A relatively undeveloped country, most of Papua New Guinea’s population exists in dispersed tribes around the country - mostly in the Highlands - with less than 20 percent living in urban areas (as of February 2015). As such, the country’s tourism infrastructure is relatively undeveloped, which could prove to be both a blessing and a curse. The bountiful nature is untouched and unspoilt, experiences with the local people are authentic and genuine, but don’t expect 5-star hotels or Michelin restaurants.

Getting around

Getting around Papua New Guinea can be a little tricky - the country’s network of roads isn’t too well-developed, making land transport somewhat difficult. Within small towns and urban areas, though, public motor vehicles are available. Otherwise, long-distance travel within Papua New Guinea is best done by plane.

What to see and do

If in Papua New Guinea, doing the Kokoda Track - the country’s most famous attraction - is a must. Not for the faint of heart, this trek is 96 kilometres long and entails a whole 10 days of walking, but offers a unique and authentic way to immerse in the history, culture and nature of Papua New Guinea.

Guided by locals, the Kokoda Track cuts through the country’s tropical rainforest and goes through swamps, marshes, rivers, creeks, up mountain ridges and hills and more. Following the historic wartime trail set up by ancient Japanese and Australian soldiers during World War II, the Track includes sightings of old wartime trenches, weapon pits, and the Bomana War Cemetery, resting place of more than 3,000 Australian soldiers. Stay nights in traditional villages in the forest and interact with the friendly local folk, or in camps set up in the jungle. At the end of the 10 days, you’d leave with a world of knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the history and culture of this amazing country as well as an immense sense of accomplishment for having completed a difficult trek that few can say they’ve done.

 

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