Papua New Guinea

Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, is the second largest island in the world. The territory is split in half between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The Western side of the island is then split again between the two Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Trekking and visiting villages was a truly unforgettable experience.
The indigenous population of the Baliem Valley are known as the Dani people. They had no contact with the outside world until the early 20th century, and at that point there lives had changed little since the Stone Age. They have a fascinating culture based on bartering and exchange, specifically of sweet potatoes.