Despite the advent of the modern age, there are still many remote places on earth, hidden nooks and crannies that need uncovering. These mysterious places often get overshadowed by the more popular destinations, but what these places can offer, no other place can.
Unseen wilderness, massive unexplored cliffs, nameless rivers cutting deep paths through the heart of the mountains, mysterious rock arts will leave you agape with wonder, that is, if you are fortunate enough to witness them. However, at the same time, these locations are also of immense natural beauty.
List of 13 Most Remote Places On Earth:
This list of places will not only have you packing your travel essentials but go looking for a strong dose of courage as well. If you think the Earth has been fully explored, you couldn’t be more wrong.
1. Hang Sơn Đoòng
The colossal Song Doong cave is located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province of Central Vietnam. It is the biggest cave in the world. How big, you may ask? Imagine a block of New York skyscrapers and a Boeing 747 weaving through them, and fit them all inside the Song Doong cave. Yep, that’s how ridiculously gigantic it is. Hang Son Doong cave is undoubtedly the best if not one of the most remote places on earth.
Not only that, Song Doong cave has an internal, fast-flowing subterranean river and its own forest ecosystem. It is believed to be between 2 and 5 million years old.
2. Cueva de Los Tayos
The Cueva de Los Tayos is another crazy cave located in the rainforest about 23 miles southeast of the town of Santiago de Mendez in southeastern Ecuador. The only way to enter the cave lies at the bottom of a dry valley within a rainforest. The myths that surround this place are nothing short of spectacular.
Stories talk about jaw-dropping mounds of gold, unusual sculptures, and a metallic library. Although they are still yet to be discovered, the belief that these fabulous items are hidden inside artificial tunnels that had been created by a lost civilization with help from extraterrestrial beings still persists. Ecuadorian military personnel, a film crew, even former astronaut Neil Armstrong are reported to have explored this cave at one point. If you are feeling particularly lucky, you can try following the footsteps of these explorers. Maybe you will succeed where others have faltered.
3. Nahanni valley
Nahanni National Park Reserve is located in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, The South Nahanni River holds the prime attention in this park. The Indians who live there say the valley is haunted. It is understandable why they believe so.
The place is almost empty, without any sign of civilization. Only a few brave souls have explored and prospected along the Nahanni, and of the three have been murdered, another may have been murdered, and almost a dozen, including a girl, have simply vanished that makes this place is an unavoidable part of most remote places on earth.
4. Morgan Island (aka Monkey Island)
Perhaps the most peculiar island you have never heard of, this island was a Puerto Rico station that contained some of the most dangerous rhesus monkeys in the world. Dangerous because these monkeys are infected with the herpes B virus, a disease that doesn’t impact monkeys, but is highly deadly for humans. Yikes!
An island inhabited only by contaminated monkeys in South Carolina sounds like a nightmare but unfortunately, it’s all very true. Morgan Island is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina, just north of Beaufort.
5. Darien Gap
The Darién Gap is a mass of wilderness spreading across the North and South American continents within Central America. It consists of a large watershed, forests, and mountains in the northern portion of Colombia’s Chocó Department and Panama’s Darién Province.
If you’re planning on a leisurely trip to sight-see local flora and fauna, you can forget it right here. This is one of the most dangerous places on earth. The Pan American Highway, a system of roads measuring about 30,000 km long that crosses every single region in both North and South America, simply vanishes in the Darién Gap. It is virtually the land with no roads. On the South American side, the Highway terminates in Turbo, Colombia. On the Panamanian side, the endpoint is the town of Yaviza.
Between them lies a hundred kilometers of untamed marshland and forest. It is argued that a road would pose a threat to indigenous cultures, accelerate deforestation and allow the spread of disease thus, it actually desirable that the isolation of Darien Gap continues.
6. Madain Saleh
Madain Saleh is a necropolis of 131 immense tombs, filled with beautiful and intricate artistry and inscriptions. You may have heard of Petra in Jordan, but Madain Saleh also commands equal attention and respect. These somber monuments are located in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century AD). Tourists looking to experience the antiquity and history of the Middle East should certainly visit this site.
7. Nyangani Mountains
Mount Nyangani (formerly Mount Inyangani) is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe at 2,592 m (8,504 ft). The mountain is located within Nyanga National Park in Nyanga District. As breathtaking these mountains, they are rife with rumors about hikers getting lost in them forever.
The most infamous case was that of two teenage daughters of a former government official Tichaendepi Masaya who disappeared on Mt Nyangani in 1981. The Manyika people who inhabit the place speak of a vengeful spiritual presence on the mountain that is responsible for the disappearances. Still, that does not seem to deter future daredevils.
8. Bottomless lakes in New Mexico
Bottomless Lakes State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of New Mexico, located along the Pecos River. Apart from the name that raises several alarming eyebrows, the tale of a great monster turtle lurking in the depths also adds considerable excitement for the tourists.
A boater claims of seeing it surface in the 1980s–enormous brown shell and all. Although the poor boater might have thought that Nessie was coming to devour him alive, thankfully no harm came to him that day.
In other colorful accounts, people describe dragons, ghostly white horses, and a spooky Octopus Man. Adventurists seeking their regular dose of adrenaline, don’t forget to visit this astounding remote places on earth.
9. Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park
Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park is located in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. A mysterious maze of gaps and passages riddle the body of the mountain, making it quite dangerous to venture in them alone. Officials do not allow camping nor are there walking tracks or facilities for picnics.
And let’s face it, this ain’t no spot for picnicking. With its spooky black discoloration (due to the abundance of black granite), the disappearances of hikers, the alleged UFO sightings, this mountain is a prime spot for the thrill-seekers.
10. Tsangpo Gorge
The Tsangpo Gorge, a chasm three times the depth of the Grand Canyon (yes, you heard that right, three times), is one of the very few places on Earth that truly remains unexplored. Ian Baker was possibly the first and only westerner to explore this hidden realm.
The Tsangpo river gashes through the Himalayas carving out a mammoth valley that has so far remained one of the most remote places on earth. Buddhist texts say this is where the fabled land of Shangri La exists. It is perhaps only fitting that the Tsangpo is called the Everest of Rivers. The opportunities that it presents to the modern explorer is literally endless.
11. Cave of the Crystals
At a depth of 300 meters in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico you can find the Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals (gypsum, CaSO4 • 2H2O), some of the largest natural crystals ever found. Some of these magnificent crystals reach 11 meters in length. That’s over 3 times the length of a regular-sized man! They also reach 4 meters in diameter and weighs about 55 tons in weight.
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12. The Ennedi Plateau Secret Stones
The Ennedi Plateau is located in the northeast of Chad, composed of a Precambrian granite base. It is a four-day drive from the capital city of this landlocked country, N’Djamena. Its claim to fame is the presence of rock art. Don’t confuse them for the type of art we hang up in our living rooms, though.
The origin of these rock art are hypothesized to be dated around 5000 BC. The significance is mind-boggling. It is a timeless memorial to mankind and nothing can beat the experience of witnessing it for oneself. If you have a bucket list make sure to include the secret stones of Ennedi Plateau.
13. Lake Tele Congo
Man’s fascination with underwater monsters seems to have no bounds and one of the most remote places on earth. Located at 1°20′N 17°9′E in the north-eastern area of the Republic of the Congo, Lake Tele is proof of that primordial desire. Scientists still do not know what strange geological processes formed the lake’s baffling shape.
The waters allegedly shelter Africa’s version of the Loch Ness Monster. The swamp forests around the lake are yet to be explored fully. Of course, all this whets the appetite of the visitors on the trail of the mythical underwater creature even more. However, getting up and down is easier said than done. The trip through Cameroon, CAR and back down to Impfondo is 3000 km long and takes 47 hours.
From the spellbinding rock art of Ennedi Plateau, the baffling shape of Lake Tele Congo to the magnificent giant cave of crystals, these are some of the astonishing remote places on earth. The secrets behind the disappearance of hikers in these sites, their untold stories will keep you on the edge of your seat.
However, the feeling of exploring these stunning places will make it worth it.