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Tari Region

Listed under Traditional Cultures in Papua New Guinea.

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  • Photo of Tari Region
  • Photo of Tari Region
  • Photo of Tari Region
  • Photo of Tari Region
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Photo by Bonnie Pelnar
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Visiting the PNG highlands is a trip that should be on your list of top 10 places to see before you die. Words and pictures alone don't show the true essence of the culture and people there. There are only a handful of hotels in the Tari area, Ambua Lodge being the nicest of them. During your visit you will have plenty of opportunities to visit local villages guided by English-speaking village residents who have been hired by the lodge to take you there.

Be sure to stay long enough to visit the Huli Wig School, a village wedding (reenactment), the medicine man, the men's village, the women's village, and especially a sing-sing. Bring your camera. This place is one of the most colorful places on earth.

Also do be aware of the dangers of traveling to a country like this. There still is tribal violence in the area, although this seldom affects visitors. Do your homework before you go and check your facts with several sources.

Be sure to dress appropriately. Although the people who live there sometimes wear nothing more than grass and leaves, you need to protect yourself from insect bites. Always use DEET, even if you don't find mosquitoes. Always wear long pants tucked into your socks. There are ticks in the highlands that spread Lyme disease that cannot be cured. Always cover any open wound. Never eat the food offered to you in the villages. Despite the risks, this is one of the most remote and culturally primitive places you'll ever experience.

Written by  Bonnie Pelnar.

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