28 Feb '16, 11am

This is one of the last great wildernesses on the planet

Lake Murray, the largest lake in the land, is in the far west. The flight there, from Port Moresby via Mount Hagen, over rippling emerald-green cordilleras, was a beautiful reminder that, in addition to its gas, oil and mineral riches, the country possesses an even more valuable natural resource: the largest unbroken stretch of rainforest outside the Amazon and Congo basin. It also helped me make sense of a widely quoted statistic. At last count it was reckoned that almost 850 distinct languages - roughly a seventh of the total number of languages in the world - are spoken in Papua New Guinea. There are several reasons for this, the main one being the combination of the extremely rugged topography in large parts of the country, which makes movement over long distances by any means other than flight practically impossible, and an entrenched culture of revenge, which histori...

Full article: http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/amazing-journeys/p...

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