The foreign land of Papua New Guinea introduces guests to a fresh and clandestine backdrop. Its landscapes covered with mists much like clouds, greets guests as they enter this third world country just off the beaten track. East Coast of Australia is where we can find what most travelers say is the last frontier filled with about 4.5 million people on a land reaching about 180,508 square miles. There are many exciting things tourists can do in Papua New Guinea and these include experiencing the culture, rives and many breathtaking landscapes.
Most times citizen put on their native costumes during special times of the year or when there are performances stage and this is when tourists can see the beauty of their costumes. Some of the local villagers like the mud men and Chimbu Players offered us a great cultural encounter. Either for business or pleasure up to 40,000 people visits this incredible nation each year.
Papua New Guinea has many different languages. The official language, however, taught in school and used in the government, is English.
Papua New Guinea it is supposed was first settled by Asian about 50,000 years ago, This place was visited by a Portuguese explorer who also names it Island of the Fuzzy Hairs or Ilahas dos Papuas. Reminding him of Guinea in Africa, a Spanish explorer soon after called the place New Guinea.
Majority of our time in Papua New Guinea was spent getting familiar with the different surprises in the country, like hiking, going to the local markets, meeting friendly locals and even riding their local rides. We settled at a lodge six miles from Mount Hagen aptly named house of friends.
Electricity was supplied through a generator which was used twice a day from 6 to 9 in the mornings and again from 5 to 11 in the evening everyday. Hot showers came from burning wood daily. Rainy weather plagues Papua New Guinea and during our stay we saw rain showers in the afternoon which made it made us forget the hotter morning climate. Keeping in mind that with heat and rain together mosquitoes with diseases like malaria would arrive, we took precautionary medication.
Strangely, it was only 62 years ago that the first white man step foot on Mount Hagen. Searching the insides of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, three Australians in 1938 made their way to the country. Not only was the land new to them, they were also surprised about the big population, of about 1 million natives, the place had. Thus far, these primal individuals were concealed from knowing that another world much like theirs was alive.
Extraordinarily, these people have done a 360 degree turn changing their ways from old school to new age. Having that western influence is clear is some cities but keeping traditions alive is also important to them. Most people live in thatched huts and simply live on a day to day basis.
A friend's place was where we made our way, located at the faraway area of the mountain. With tales and history about Papua New Guinea, our host had much to share having been here all her life. Along with her groom, they have a decent business of farming and gardening,