Thanks to modern technology and air travel, the world is forever becoming a smaller place. Where journeys from one continent to another once took months, they now take hours, and sometimes it seems like there is nowhere left for a would-be adventurer to really get away from it all. Still, if you have the time, money, and know-how, there are still some places off the map or just barely on it that remain shrouded in mystery simply by virtue of being really difficult to reach.
From mining camps at the top of the world, or tiny islands thousands of miles from civilization, Here are some of the most remote places left on planet Earth.
Tristan da Cunha
Tristan de Cunha is the most remote inhabited place in the world. It is in Atlantic Ocean and the nearest land to the island is South Africa, which is roughly 1,700 miles away. The island has a total population of 271 people.
Located some 2,000 miles west of the Chilean Coast, Easter Island, is a tiny island that has become famous for its remarkable massive rock sculptures called Moai.
La Rinconada, Peru
La Rinconada is a small mining town in Peru which is located nearly 17,000 feet above sea level is considered the “highest” city in the world, and it is this stunning geography that makes it so desolate. The city is located on a permanently frozen glacier, and can only be reached by truck via treacherous and winding mountain roads.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Located literally at the bottom of the world, Antarctica is easily one of the most remote places on the face of the Earth. There are no native inhabitants to the continent, but only 1200 scientists and researchers.
Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Cape York, Peninsula, a huge expanse of untouched wilderness located on the country’s northern tip. The region has a population of only 18,000 people, most of whom are part of the country’s aboriginal tribes, and it is considered to be one of the largest undeveloped places left in the world.
At 836,000 square miles in size, Greenland is the world’s largest island, but its tiny population of 57,000 people means that it’s also the most desolate. And of all the towns in Greenland, perhaps none is as remote as Ittoqqortoormiit.
Also known as the “Desolation Islands” for their sheer distance from any kind of civilization, the Kerguelen Islands are located in the southern Indian Ocean. The islands have no native population other than some scientists and engineers from France, which claims them as a territory.
Pitcairn Island is a tiny speck of land located nearly dead in the center of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of some fifty people. The nearest land to them is Tahiti which is several hundred miles away.
Alert, Nunavut, Canada
Located in Canada Alert is a small village that lies on the Arctic Ocean only 500 miles below the North Pole. It is widely considered to be the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. The nearest town to Alert is a small fishing village some 1,300 miles away.
Motuo County, China
Considered the last county in China without a road leading to it, Motuo is a small community in the Tibetan Autonomous Region that remains one of the few places in Asia still untouched by the modern world.