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Papua New Guinea Main

December 5, 2006
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Adventure travelers take note: it was not until the 1930s that the first outsiders made their way into the impenetrable Tari Basin, in the highlands of the PNG interior. They expected to find no one; instead they discovered nearly 250,000 people living a Stone Age existence – and believing that no world existed beyond their mountains. Today the intrepid adventurer can trek through those same highlands or take a canoe into a wonderland of orchids, birds, butterflies, snakes, and crocodiles.

PNG – which shares the island of New Guinea with the even less developed Irian Jaya – is obviously not your average sun-sand-sea resort playground. But its reefs are among the most pristine on earth, and there is spectacular wreck-diving, most of it the result of World War II. Still, the reason most visitors come here is for a singular encounter with timeless tribal cultures in a country where the word “adventure” still has real meaning.

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