Papua New Guinea: A Journey Back In Time

  • Be one of the few on earth to explore this distant island exploding with flora and fauna
  • Wander lowland rain forests and highland villages, meeting Huli, Kusumb, Melpa, and Hagen people along the way
  • Kick back on the beaches and in the waters of Tufi, Papua New Guinea's "best-kept secret"
Papua New Guinea
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 13 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Lush as a dream of green heaven, its air is filled with Picassoan birds, and its jungles, mountains, and people are cheerful citizens of one of the last earthly places where nature is an unrivaled hegemon. Papua New Guinea is a spirit-lifting place, but its people are the sweet surprise.

Begin your adventure in Port Moresby with word-class gardens and mountain views. Then jet inland to the gorgeous Tari Valley, home to the traditional Huli people, along with orchids, waterfalls, and 13 species of birds of paradise that number among New Guinea’s many glories. From here, a charter flight whisks you to the lowland rain forest of the Middle Sepik, where you’ll enjoy encounters with river dwellers. Next, wing your way to Mount Hagen for an exploration of the island’s highland villages. You’ll spend a day getting a feel for the lives of the area’s Kusumb, Melpa, and Hagen people, based at a lodge perched on the slopes of Kum Mountain. (Mounts Hagen and Kum are part of New Guinea’s mountain spine, which spikes at one of the Seven Summits, the 16,024-foot Carstensz Pyramid—or Puncak Jaya—before diving into the Solomon Sea.) Your journey wraps up in Tufi, a diving, snorkeling, beach-wandering, soul-soothing locale the Lonely Planet folks call one of “Papua New Guinea’s best-kept secrets.” 

Papua New Guinea tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Port Moresby
  • Day 2: fly to Tari
  • Days 3 & 4: Tari
  • Day 5: fly to the Middle Sepik
  • Day 6: Karawari River boat excursions
  • Day 7: fly to Mount Hagen
  • Day 8: Mount Hagen ambles
  • Day 9: fly to Tufi
  • Days 10 & 11: Tufi
  • Day 12: fly to Port Moresby
  • Day 13: depart.