Are you the type of person who just wants to get away from it all? Then you’re in luck. Even with a population pushing 7.5 billion, there are still corners of the planet which remain hundreds of miles from the nearest civilization. Take a look at some of these incredibly rare and remote destinations.
Easter Island, Chile
Easter island is more than 1000 miles off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. Technically, it’s a Polynesian island, but it’s so far from its nearest neighbor, it really is a place unto itself.
The island is famous all over the world for its beautiful Moai monoliths, the remains of an ancient civilization that once called the island home. And it’s a great place for star gazers too. Being thousands of miles from the nearest civilization, there’s practically no light pollution on the island, giving tourists stunning views of the southern night sky.
China might be the most populous country on Earth, but that doesn’t mean that it is rammed full. In fact, outside of the coastal cities, China is no more densely populated than the rural US. China is still a fundamentally agrarian place, despite its stunning economic achievements over the last couple of decades.
Urumqi is one of the loneliest places outside the Great Wall. The great Silk Road passes the town which is now a trading hub for the region. To get there, you’ll first need to travel to a major Chinese airport and then hop on a train to take you deep into the Chinese interior. Apparently, a train journey from Beijing to Urumqi only takes 33 hours.
When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos islands in the Pacific, his view of life was immediately transformed. There were so many unique and unusual creatures on the island, they couldn’t be there by chance. They had to have evolved there separately from life elsewhere, becoming specialists in their own biological niches.
Today, tourists can go on a Galapagos tour which showcases the island’s incredible wildlife and stunning landscape. Since Darwin’s visit on the Beagle, the islands have become among the most famous in the world, despite their remote location.
Madagascar broke away from mainland Africa millions of years ago. Like Galapagos, creatures are living here that can’t be found anywhere else. One creature, the Madagascan pochard – a duck – is so rare it only lives on one lake in the whole of the country.
Madagascar is the place to go if you want to experience wildlife like you’ve never seen it before. The country remains relatively unspoiled, which means that there’s a good chance you’ll see lemurs and other exciting fauna. The coasts of the island are stunning, thanks to limestone karst formations.
And compared to getting to many places on this list, getting to Madagascar is relatively easy. Although you can get on a boat and travel across the Indian Ocean from Reunion, it’s far easier and quicker just to hop on a flight from Paris. You can now get direct flights from Paris to Antananarivo.