Papua New Guinea Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 44%, Papua New Guinea is an island of over 800 local languages, 6 million people, and a history that stretches back 50,000 years! It is without a doubt one of the least explored and most culturally diverse places on the planet. Many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to still exist in the interior. Over 80% of the people live in rural areas, still keeping alive the Melanesian culture with elaborate costumes, dances, rituals and feasts. The shows at Mount Hagen and Goroka are among the country's most impressive, attracting thousands of PlanetHoppers! each year. The capital Port Moresby offers a number of worthwhile destinations like the National Capital Botanical Gardens, Rouna Falls, and Idler's Beach; but the real wonders lay outside of the city. Mount Gahavisuka Provincial Park is a botanical sanctuary filled with exotic plants and orchids, and Lake Kutubu is a great place to explore in a dugout canoe. Mount Wilhelm - Papua New Guinea's highest mountain - offers excellent trails through moss forests, lakes, and waterfalls. Tufi Wharf in Madang is a great spot to dive for World War II wrecks and, if you want to get "down and dirty", join the "muck divers" who search the mud flats for some of the most unusual creatures that live in the sea. But it is the interior of Papua that hides some of the island's most remote and breathtaking natural wonders. Challenge yourself to the famous Kokoda Trail, which will take through some of the most difficult and lush terrain that you have ever seen, and if you're really observant, you may just discover something that has never been seen before!
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Slog through the mud along the Kokoda Trail and challenge yourself physically and mentally on one of the world's most difficult treks. At 96 kilometers (~60 miles) in length, the trail links the northern and southern coast of Pa....
|Coordinates:||6 00 S, 147 00 E|
|Main Languages:||English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu (over 800 dialects)|
|Government:||Unitary Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy|
|Currency:||Papua New Guinean Kina (PGK)|
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- Location: Papua New Guinea