Papua New Guinea

Winding through isolated villages and pristine landscapes, rivers provide the main highway — and only way to access — some of Earth’s most fascinating lands. For 2014, International Expeditions is expanding our travel options on the legendary waters of the Peruvian Amazon and Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River. IE will offer two Amazon River cruise options aboard the newly launched La Estrella Amazonica and a small-group Papua New Guinea tour using the nine-cabin Sepik Spirit as a base for excursions.

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Perhaps the fact that the Paedophryne genus is made up of four of the 10 smallest frog species in the world is the reason it took scientists so long to discover two of them. The Paedrophryne amauensis and swiftorum, both found in Papua New Guinea, are the making headlines as the smallest frogs in the world. Discovery News reports that the amauensis is a mere 7.7 millimeters long and the swiftorum comes in at just over 8 mm.

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Vivid violet fish, round-nosed dolphins and lizards with turquoise spots were some of the 1,060 news species discovered on Papua New Guinea between 1998 and 2008, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Scientists with Conservation International have discovered 200 species in the remote Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, including 24 frog species and 100 insect species that have never been described before in scientific literature.

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Of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world, more than 800 are found in the isolated country of a Papua New Guinea tour.

The number of individual languages listed for Papua New Guinea is approximately 840. Of those, 11 have no known speakers. English is one of the nation's official languages — along with Tok Pisin (or Pidgin) and Motu — but don't count on finding English-speakers outside of the major cities. Only 2% of the population can speak English.

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Our guide Jorge Salas shares his thoughts and photos on Papua New Guinea. After multiple tours of the island, he shares why he thinks a Papua New Guinea vacation is the world's most exotic and interesting adventure.

October 20, 2009

Experience Papua New Guinea

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International Expeditions Expedition Leader Jorge Salas shares the sights and sounds of his August Papua New Guinea travel adventure in this new video!

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Scientists from Oxford University, London Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution have found more than 40 previously unidentified species in Papua New Guinea! In a rainforest currently being destroyed at a rate of 3.5% each year, this volcanic crater is a lost world is populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures.

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