Who wouldn’t love an evening stroll in Paris under the iconic Eiffel Tower? Or being awestruck at the sight of skyscrapers in New York? Or getting lost in a sea of humanity in Mumbai? Surely these are great places to visit for any traveler and pay a rich tribute to mankind’s existence on Earth.
However, there are some places in the world which are still untouched by humans, unheard on social media, unspoken by experts and unseen by even the hardiest traveler. These are the places where nature is king and pristine wilderness its most beloved queen.
These places are the personification of one word – REMOTE!
In this post, we will take you on a journey to some of the least known and least visited places in the world. We are sure that by the end of this post you would already have booked your flight tickets to visit them.
1. Nunavut, Canada
1% people, 99% ice. 100% pure!
Welcome to Nunavut – Canada’s largest and northernmost territory. Few people have heard about Nunavut and fewer still dare to venture into this otherworldly place. You can go for days and not see another soul. Life here is difficult, food is costly and hard to get, and there are practically no roads – all travel must be done by air.
Did you know? Nunavut is bigger than Mexico yet has just 13 miles of road.
But once you go past these hardships you will discover a place of unparalleled beauty. Nunavut is a pristine landscape full of icebergs, glaciers, and fjords. You can savor the unique indigenous lifestyle of the Inuit people who have called Nunavut (meaning “our land”) home for thousands of years – this is their land and they know it like no one else.
Wildlife in Nunavut is as it should be – wild and fearless!
Did you know? 50% of all polar bears in the world are found in Nunavut.
Visit the Auyuittuq National Park to experience the arctic tundra and catch a glimpse of some of the least seen animals in the world – arctic foxes and narwhals. Or visit the Sirmilik National Park to hike the rugged valleys and be on the lookout for polar bears and ski up to the ocean to view the majestic seals and walruses.
Did you know? The town of Alert in Nunavut is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world. It has a population of 5. [Source]
Visit Nunavut to challenge yourself, to push the boundaries and reflect on what it means to be truly alive. Visiting Nunavut can be a life changing experience indeed!
2. Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia
When God flew over the world with bags of treasures intending to distribute them, it grew so cold over Yakutia that He dropped all the bags, thereby endowing this remote region of Russia with all the world’s gold, silver and diamonds.
That’s how the local legend goes. And indeed, this region is not only rich in minerals but also in wildlife and natural beauty.
The Sakha Republic is almost the size of India and is the largest and the coldest territory of Russia, spanning three time zones! The great Lena River – the third largest river in Asia, the mighty Verkhoyansk Range as well as brown bears and immense herds of reindeer call the Sakha Republic their home.
Did you know? Sakha Republic is the largest country subdivision in the world and if it were a country, it would be the eight largest in the world! [Source]
To say that the weather here is extreme and dictates all walks of life would be an understatement. However, did you know that this is one of the few places in the world where prehistoric wooly mammoths lie perfectly preserved and that you can dig one out yourself?
So if you call yourself a true intrepid traveler, leave aside the comforts of your home and indulge in a unique adventure to get a different perspective on life. Visit the Sakha Republic!
3. Northern Territory, Australia
Nothingness on all sides as far as you can see. Miles upon miles of eye-watering red sand. The sun ominously shining down on you – without any shade or water in sight.
Seems like the stuff nightmares are made of. But don’t let first impressions fool you. You are in Northern Territory – the land of contrasts! Scratch the surface and you will discover an ancient land inhabited by the indigenous Aborigines for millennia. Their beautiful rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie are a testimony to their love for this place.
Just when you think this is a featureless landscape, the majestic “rock stars” of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga) will greet you out of nowhere. If you feel that this is an arid and barren place, the timeless and lush green Kakadu National Park, with its many ecologically biodiverse regions, will soon put you at ease. If you think nothing can survive in this harsh environment you would be surprised to encounter the diversity of wildlife – from the obvious kangaroos to saltwater crocodiles to the numerous bird and reptile species.
From the spectacular gorges of the Nitmiluk National Park to the legendary rail journey on The Ghan. From the remote town of Alice Springs with its incredible desert vistas to the multicultural capital Darwin. The possibilities in Northern Territory are endless. Just pack your bags and be here already!
4. Darien Gap, Panama
Stretching from Alaska to the pencil tip of Argentina, the 48,000 km-long Pan-American Highway holds the record for the world’s longest motorable road. But there is a gap – an expanse of wild tropical forest – that has defeated travellers for centuries. [Source]
This “gap” is one of the most dangerous places in the world – The Darien Gap. Lying on the border between Panama and Colombia, the Darien Gap is a swath of the wildest, rawest and the most impenetrable rainforest you can imagine.
From beautiful, peaceful and wonderful to heartless, lawless and hopeless – adjectives can change in the blink of an eye when describing the Darien Gap!
Everything here is out to kill you. Venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, deadly spiders and lethal mosquitoes should be the least of your worries – Darien Gap is infamous for being infested by dangerous drug traffickers who are notorious for robbing, kidnapping and killing people trying to cross “their” territory. For example, in 2015 the skeletal remains of a Swedish backpacker, who was shot by the militants, were discovered in the area. There are no roads here – all travel (if you can call it that) must be done either by crossing the thick vegetation on foot or by boats on rivers which can flood without warning.
So why should you visit this place? Well, the short answer is YOU SHOULDN’T!
The Darien Gap is a place only the desperate, stupid or curious dare venture. [Source]
The long answer is that this is a place only for the most intrepid, hardy and daring adventurers. If the uncertain, the dangerous and the extreme thrill you then crossing the Darien Gap will be a sense of achievement – albeit with all its perils. However, for the regular traveler, we have one recommendation – SKIP THIS ONE!
Legendary cities rising out of the harsh Sahara Desert. Ethereal architecture which reminds of a golden age gone by. Friendly people who are the inheritors of one of the oldest and richest empires in Africa … and all of this marred by terrorism and violence.
That’s the story of Mali – the biggest country in West Africa and also one of the least visited. Although today, Mali is a poor landlocked country, the Mali Empire was one of the largest and richest in West Africa. In fact, one of its rulers – Mansa Musa – was famed as the richest person in history!
You must visit the legendary city of Timbuktu whose fabled riches lured Europeans to colonize Africa. Timbuktu’s Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud-brick building in the world. Also, make sure that you trek the imposing Bandiagara Cliffs in the magnificent Dogon Country to witness the unique culture and way of life of the local people who have preserved their culture for centuries. Wildlife, rock art and ancient tombs of the Baoule National Park make it a “must see” for any traveler.
Did you know? Mali is the only country in the world to have a special class in society reserved for musicians – who are responsible for communicating oral history and traditions through music. [Source]
It goes without saying that a country as unique as Mali should definitely be on your visit list.
6. The Hebrides, Scotland
Dramatic cliffs punctuate a craggy landscape where sheep outnumber people. Quaint villages nestle among scenic vistas. Religious locals with a slow-paced lifestyle and few visitors make these isles seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of mainland UK.
The Hebrides are Scotland’s best-kept secret. Spectacular scenery, abundant bird and sea life and an ever changing weather characterize them. The islands can be grouped into two – “Inner” – those lying closer to Scotland’s coast, and “Outer” – those lying farther.
The main islands in the Inner Hebrides are Skye, Jura, Islay, and Mull. These islands are famed for their breathtaking views, sleepy villages, and delicious seafood. They are also one of Britain’s best places for whale watching and bird watching.
Did you know? The Corryvrecken is the third largest whirlpool in the world. [Source]
The Outer Hebrides are more remote and have a rougher weather. Lewis and Harris are the main islands here. The island of Lewis is steeped in history dating back to thousands of years. The main attractions here are the ancient and enigmatic Standing Stones of Callanish.
The attraction of Harris is its peace and tranquility, the magnificent scenery and beaches, but finally the warmth and quiet confidence of its people. [Source]
A place as magical as the Hebrides is not to be missed. You can be one of the few people in the world who gets to savor their magic!