Classic Goroka Show Tour
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If you’re thinking about the Mt. Hagen Show tour, be sure to consider the Goroka Show, one of the best and most exciting of the highland shows. Similar to the famous Mt. Hagen Show, you will witness lively, exotic performances by sing-sing groups from all over Papua New Guinea. This program takes you on a journey through highlands and Sepik cultures of Papua New Guinea. Starting with the beautiful Waghi Valley, and staying at the lovely Rondon Ridge, you will tour Mt. Hagen and the surrounding areas. Your journey then continues to a cruise on the Sepik River and its tributaries. Travel next to Karawari Lodge, perched on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River and the Sepik Basin. Here, you will learn about the amazing ecology, culture, and history of this remote and amazing corner of the planet. Next, you will experience the cultural extravaganza of the Goroka Show. During your time at the show, you will stay at the gorgeous Bird of Paradise Hotel, located in Goroka. From Goroka, your travels will take into the highlands to the Tari Valley - home of the flamboyant Huli people. Here, thirteen species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs, and spectacular views await the intrepid traveler seeking the ultimate journey.
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Day 1 - Port Moresby
Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met and transferred to the Airways Hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (D)
Day 2 - Tari
In the morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Tari.
The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Tari - high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls that beckon the intrepid traveler.
Your accommodations this evening will be at the Ambua Lodge, an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views, and modest luxury off the beaten track. This location promises you eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails, crossing traditional vine bridges, discovering a secluded waterfall, and spotting high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.
Take advantage of the birding in the Tari Gap area where one may observe up to 13 species of birds of paradise. Tari is one of the few places left where men and women can be seen wearing traditional dress as part of daily life, and men's wealth is still counted by the number of pigs and wives they possess. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Tari
Enjoy a full day of ecological and culturally based touring. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors that have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur. Everlasting daisies are especially cultivated for use in the wigs while their faces are painted with yellow ochre. The women, by contrast, wear black for their wedding and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when mourning. Clans have a strong and intricate social system. It is one of the few places where the traditional way of life can be seen in everyday living. Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs and building their bush material huts.
Stay overnight at Ambua Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Mount Hagen
Today you will fly by charter aircraft from Ambua to Mt. Hagen, a thrilling flight past the twin peaks of Mt. Giluwe and over the beautiful alpine grasslands of the Tari Gap. Mt. Hagen is located in the upper Wahgi Valley, which has some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mt. Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.
Enjoy a half-day birding and nature tour around the walking paths of Rondon Ridge. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Mount Hagen
Enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring in the Waghi Valley, home of the Melpa people, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley live a stunning array of birds, orchids and plant life.
Stay overnight at the beautiful Rondon Ridge. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Goroka
Today you will fly by charter aircraft to Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro mud men.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the gorgeous Bird of Paradise Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - 8 - Goroka
Spend these two days enjoying the cultural extravaganza that is the Goroka Show. The shows were first held in the 1950s as a means of gathering together the different tribes and clans. At times there could be more than 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the beat of the Kundu drums. Amongst the performers are the legendary mud men of Asaro. Tribal folklore records that centuries ago the warriors of Asaro were defeated in a tribal fight "payback" raid, and, to make themselves look fierce in the process, covered their bodies with grey mud. According to legend, the ruse worked. Their enemies fled at the sight of these ghostly apparitions. The mud men recreate the drama at the Goroka Show. (2B,2L,2D)
Day 9 - Goroka
Goroka Show/Sepik River.
You will depart Goroka today and fly by charter aircraft to Timbunke. During your flight you will see the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see.
From the Timbunke airstrip, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit. Inspired by the architecture of the haus tambaran, or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. With its shallow draught, it allows travel to rarely visited areas of the Sepik River and its tributaries in comfort. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - 11 - Sepik Plains
Two full days are spent exploring the many waterways of the Sepik and its tributaries, including visits to traditional Sepik Villages. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the people of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik people is their amazing carvings, now famous all over the world. The river banks where the vessel operates are dotted with many large traditional villages each with its own unique haus tambaran decorated with ancestral figures, carvings, massive garamut drums, and secretive ritual flutes.
The Sepik is a gallery of tribal art: each village boasts a unique style, and every villager is an artisan. Mingle with the friendly people and experience a culture that encounters few outsiders each year. Long after you have left the lush jungle, raucous birds, spirit houses, carvings, and endless waterways, the mysticism of the Sepik will remain unforgettably etched in your memory. (2B,2L,2D)
Day 12 - Karawari
From the Sepik Spirit, you will be transferred to the Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, the lodge still provides modern comforts.
You are now in the middle of “Arambak” country, where locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue unchanged. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Mount Hagen
Karawari/Mt. Hagen/Port Moresby.
Today you will fly by charter aircraft from Karawari to Mt. Hagen.
Upon arrival in Mt. Hagen, you will be met and transferred to the Highlander Hotel to have lunch and relax by the pool side.
In the afternoon you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Airways Hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Port Moresby
You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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