We then travel to Mt Hagen were we have a couple of days trekking through the rainforest.Part of the Bismark Mountain Range the landscape can be described as wild beauty in dense rainforest with an array of diverse flora and fauna, including orchids and flamboyant birds of paradise.We have thousands of people online at any time of the day & we are the fastest growing Nudist chat out there.
The Dutch, who arrived later under Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten, called it Schouten island, but later this name was used only to refer to islands off the north coast of Papua proper, the Schouten Islands or Biak Island.
The grand finale of our extraordinary holiday in this mysterious country is the Goroka Festival.
Here around 100 tribes arrive for a ‘sing-sing’ and show off their music, dancing, and elaborate face paintings, head dresses and costumes.
Another possibility, put forward by Sollewijn Gelpke in 1993, is that it comes from the Biak phrase sup i papwa which means 'the land below [the sunset]' and refers to the islands west of the Bird's Head, as far as Halmahera.
Whatever its origin, the name Papua came to be associated with this area, and more especially with Halmahera, which was known to the Portuguese by this name during the era of their colonization in this part of the world.