There are places on Earth that are almost impossible to reach. They are the most remote places in the world, located in the middle of nowhere and hundreds of miles away from other cities or continents. Of course, these places are off the usual tourist tours, but there are ways to reach them, be it by land, sea, or air. In this post, we’ll discover where these inaccessible places are located. And who knows? Maybe one of them will be the next destination we introduce on our Civitatis website.
Alejandro Selkirk Island (Chile)
This small island in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, in Chile, has had several names throughout its history: Isla de Los Perros, Mas Afuera (‘further outside’ for being the farthest island of the archipelago), and lastly, since 1966, Alejandro Selkirk Island. This last name was given in honor of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who in the 18th century ended up as a shipwrecked sailor on one of the uninhabited islands of the archipelago. Selkirk’s story inspired the writer Daniel Defoe for his famous novel Robinson Crusoe.
Only a merchant ship travels to this island a few times a year to bring supplies to the fishermen and their families living there during the lobster fishing season.
Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom)
Tristan da Cunha is considered the most inaccessible inhabited island in the world. The nearest neighboring territory is 1350 miles away and is the island of St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, which in turn is located at a distance of 1180 miles from the African continent. It has no airport, so it can only be accessed by sea. This British island is undoubtedly among the world’s most remote places. As so few inhabitants live here (about three hundred) inbreeding is not unusual, as well as genetic diseases. They also have their own language, a dialect of English.
Tepuy Roraima (Venezuela)
The Tepuy or Mount Roraima is the highest point of the tubular mountain chain of the Pacaraima range, stretching across Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela. It is one of the oldest geological formations on Earth, whose origin dates back to the Precambrian period, about two billion years ago. You can climb to its summit with trekking routes that can take up to a week, but you have to take on difficult stretches, such as the Paso de las Lagrimas, and endure extreme conditions.
This spectacular mountain has also served as inspiration for many novels and movies, such as Pixar’s Up. Remember the Paradise Falls that Carl and Ellie dreamed of? Well, they are inspired by the Salto del Angel waterfall on Mount Roraima.
Rapa Nui (Chile)
Perhaps this is the most famous spot on this list of the most remote places in the world. Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, is a Chilean island located in Polynesia. It is located over 2150 miles away from the South American continent, and to get there you need to take a seven-hour flight from Santiago de Chile.
Despite its inaccessibility, Easter Island is known throughout the world for its moai, enormous anthropomorphic statues that pose a total mystery to everyone. To this day it is still unknown how the natives of the island built and moved these enormous monoliths, of which about a thousand have been found.
Alert is another one of the world’s most remote places. It is located about 508 miles away from the North Pole, and its only inhabitants are those living at the military base and the Canadian meteorological station. To give you an idea, the nearest town is over 1240 miles away.
The temperatures in Alert are extreme, almost 40 degrees below zero in winter, and with a maximum of 3 degrees in summer. However, it is a magnificent place to admire the Northern lights.
This place is not only very hard to pronounce but also difficult to visit. Ittoqqortoormiit is a village located in the east of Greenland, near the mouth of the Scoresby Sund fjord, only accessible by helicopter or by a boat that sails there a few months a year. The village was founded by a group of Norwegian settlers in the 1920s and is now home to about five hundred people, as well as polar bears and foxes, whales, and walruses.
La Rinconada (Peru)
It is not only one of the most remote places in the world but also the highest city on the planet. La Rinconada is a town in the Peruvian Andes located at 16730 feet. It can be accessed by land, but only by all-terrain vehicles. It is also located on a permanently frozen glacier.
Believe it or not, there are people living in this place. And the main reason has to do with its gold mines, whose extraction is the foundation of its economy.
Macquarie Island (Australia)
Macquarie Island is located in the southern hemisphere, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, between New Zealand and Antarctica. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 for its geological importance and is probably the most inaccessible designated World Heritage Site in the world. Its only inhabitants are scientists and birds, especially a large colony of king penguins.
Motuo is a county in China located atop the Tibetan mountains that, due to its altitude, was isolated from the rest of the world until 2013, when the Chinese government completed the construction of a road passing under the mountain. It is a particularly popular destination for backpackers, although the route is considered quite risky.
Oimiakon is a village in the Russian republic of Sakha, located in the heart of Siberia and known to be the coldest inhabited place on Earth. It takes two days by car to reach Oimiakon from Yakutsk, the nearest town, and is only accessible in winter when the surrounding lakes and rivers are all frozen. The highway leading to Oimiakon is known as the Bone Road, and its history is as ominous as the name suggests. It was built by thousands of prisoners from Stalin’s Gulags, most of whom died during construction and were buried along the road.