Papua New Guinea9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
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Port Moresby, Tari Valley, Karawari River & Mount Hagen
Begin your journey in the Tari Valley, home to the Huli tribe and their amazing handmade wigs, as well as up to forty species of the splendid Birds of Paradise. Then, head to the low-lying lands around the languid Sepik River to explore the jungle, meet the locals and see some examples of their incredible primitive art. Back in the cool Highlands; enter the fascinating world of the Melpa people while staying at a mountainside retreat.
Day 1Arrive Port Moresby
Upon arrival in the capital of Papua New Guinea, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Airways Hotel - 1 Night
Day 2To the Tari Valley
This morning, head to the airport for your flight to the Tari Valley, home to the Huli people, whose members live in much the same way as their ancestors did. Upon arrival, check in to your remote lodge - which boasts local architecture, a serene setting and some spectacular views- before embarking on a guided walk in search of the beautiful Birds of Paradise.
This evening, relax in the meeting hall of the lodge or do some stargazing.Ambua Lodge - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 3 - 4Tari Valley
Spend your days meeting with Huli Wigmen and learning about their culture. These Highland people decorate their bodies and faces with colorful paint, moss and mud to accentuate their incredible handmade wigs constructed of human hair and vibrant bird-of-paradise feathers. You may see a tribesman demonstrate how the wigs are made, or even be witness to an unforgettable Sing Sing ceremony, which includes traditional singing and dancing. When you're not interacting with the Huli people, explore the area on the many walking trails. Keep an eye out for some of the 217 species of birds as you immerse yourself in the jungle landscape, which boasts an incredible profusion of high-altitude orchids and flowering rhododendrons.Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5To the Karawari River, Sepik Region
This morning, fly by charter aircraft over some of the most rugged and striking landscapes in the world, an array of jagged limestone that seems to rise and fall at impossible angles. When you land on the remote airstrip, board your riverboat for the trip to your lodge, which sits majestically on a ridge above the banks of the Karawari River and boasts spectacular views over hundreds of miles of dense tropical jungle. Check in and then visit a nearby village for a demonstration of how to make the basic delicacies of the area, flour made from the pith of the sago palm.
This evening, watch the sunset over the primeval jungle.Karawari Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 6Karawari River, Sepik Region
Set off for a daylong tour along the narrow jungle waterways of the Karawari River. You'll stop in various river villages to meet the locals and admire some of their acclaimed art, including totems, homemade drums, and beautiful carved storyboards that tell of the myths and legends of the people. Keep your eyes open for the bountiful birdlife along the riverbanks and nearby lakes.Karawari Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7To Mount Hagen
This morning, fly by charter aircraft to Mount Hagen and the upper Wahgi Valley, home to some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world.Rondon Ridge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Perched high on Mount Hagen is your home for the next two nights. Check in and see some of the incredible 180-degree views of the valley below. After lunch, embark on a guided nature walk along the trails to explore the unique ecology of this area.
Day 8Mount Hagen
Depart on a full-day trip to learn about the unique culture and traditions of the Melpa people who live near Mount Hagen City, the business heart of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. In the Melpa tribe, "big men" gain status by accumulating wealth and then giving it away in a series of ritualized exchanges.Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)
Day 9Depart Port Moresby
Return to Port Moresby for your onward flight.(B)