(IN­CLUD­ING PNG)

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Pa­pua New Guinea has been named as one of this year’s 21 ‘must-see’ des­ti­na­tions by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eller mag­a­zine. The an­nual ‘Best of the World’ list, cho­sen by the mag­a­zine’s ed­i­tors, is all about “ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery”, ac­cord­ing to ed­i­tor-in-chief Ge­orge Stone. “We think this year’s list rep­re­sents a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of for­ward-lean­ing places that re­veal the bright fu­ture of travel.”

The mag­a­zine writes: “Time for­got much of PNG, an iso­lated and in­cred­i­bly rugged Gar­den of Eden. For in­dige­nous cul­tures in se­cluded vil­lages, life pretty much goes on as it has for cen­turies.

“Re­cent home­grown tourism ini­tia­tives, such as the vil­lage­huts.com lodg­ing and travel web­site, are mak­ing it a bit eas­ier for ad­ven­tur­ers to visit PNG’s un­tamed rain­forests, vol­canic fjords and vi­brant co­ral reefs.” ■

To find out more about each des­ti­na­tion on the list, see NatGeoTravel.com/ BestTrips2017.

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