From the Highlands to the Sepik River... this is where I had the fortunate experience of seeing a country & culture that rarely is seen by Western eyes. It took about 2 years in the planning to ensure my safety as this is not one of the most secure areas in the world for a young, American, female, traveling ALONE. However, I must say overall little issues to be had in regards to my safety, but I did have MANY unique experiences along the way! None of which i would trade in! My journey started from Australia, flying into the capital city of Port Moresby, PNG. Then up to the Western Highlands.
This is where I stayed for 3 days to attend the annual Mt. Hagen Sing Sing Festival. The most overwhelming festival I have ever attended - in a good way! It was sensory overload with over 1500+ tribes people from ~50+ tribes throughout the country. All dressed in their tribal attire, headdresses, playing music on homemade instruments, etc. Having the opportunity to walk amongst them was phenomenal.
It was from here I had the chance to fly with the missionaries up to the Sepik River basin. I "boarded" a dugout canoe for the next half of my adventure. Several days canoeing down the river, staying IN the villages with the tribes people. Living the way they do, sleeping where they sleep, eating (well sort of) what they eat.
There is too much to talk about here, so please visit my website listed below to read in detail about this fantastic journey as well as see MANY photos!