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Old 09-14-2020, 06:55 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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What's the remotest place you've visited on the planet and what's it like?

The remotest place I've visited can only be accessed by plane or by a 24 hour cargo boat ride from the nearest coastal city.

That place is Nuquí, Chocó on Colombia's northern Pacific coast. No roads reach it and the nearest small city is over the Baudó mountain range at least a 5 day trek trough mountainous rainforest. Then from there an extra 8 hour bus ride over the Western Andes to the nearest propper city.
I went there for the first time 15 years ago and fell in love with it, so much I bought a cabin there for £6,000.

It's a place where you can surf or paddle board with whales, where I raced flying fish on my speed boat. It's a place with many unspoilt beaches and a rich jungle backdrop with waterfalls and hot springs. It's a town made up of the descendants of 2,000 enslaved West Africans and the Native American (Embera) village upriver comes into the town on their canoes with their traditional tribal markings for supplies.

Surfing with Whales.


Music group ChocQuibTown put Nuquí on the map.
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Dayton OH
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What an interesting place! I had to look it up on the map and then read a Wikipedia article. The daily average temperatures look the same all year round, high of 30C, low of 20C with plenty of rainfall every month. Looks like the nearest big city is Medellin.

One of the most remote places I have visited is Bahia de Tortugas in Baja California on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It is a village centered around fishing. It is too remote to attract many tourists, but there will usually be a handful of campers and adventure types in town.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba...4d-114.8966932

You can get there by driving 3 hours on a dirt / gravel road, about 180 kilometers west of Baja Peninsula Highway 1. There are no other towns along that dirt road, and almost no sign of anyone along the entire length of the road. It is pure desert wilderness, far enough to make you think seriously about the consequences of having a problem along the way. You might see a couple of other vehicles on the road hauling fish and shellfish to the bigger cities in Baja like Ensenada or Tijuana.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Midway Island. The closest inhabited place to there is over 1,000 miles away. However, it didn't really feel all that remote, because I got there on a commercial jet plane.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I went to a party at a camp located ~5 miles SE of Orviston, Pennsylvania (dirt/rocky steep "roads" [highly not recommended for a car...], no cell service for many miles, no cities/towns/highways for a while).

I was recently on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina which was interesting and also very creepy. The island is accessible by a 45-minute ferry ride only. It was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. There are abandoned/overgrown houses and boats, a tiny old lighthouse museum, and small chicken farms and a horse stable. An old cemetery in the thick forest. Felt like I was on Scoobie Doo Zombie Island.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:55 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Midway Island. The closest inhabited place to there is over 1,000 miles away. However, it didn't really feel all that remote, because I got there on a commercial jet plane.
Whoa that's about as remote as you can get. Isn't it known as trash island now where the worlds plastic is accumulating and killing the Albatroses & birds there because they're consuming it?
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:08 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Johnston Atoll, 935 miles from Hawaii.
We pulled in to refuel our Minesweeper on the way to Vietnam in 1967.


But our next fuel stop was Kwajalein Island, which is another 2200 Miles away.


These are both extremely remote places, and really, really beautiful - at least to my eye.


Bermuda bills itself as one of the most remote large islands. I've been there, too. Most people think Bermuda is in the Caribbean, but it's actually far north of the Caribbean, more on line with Norfolk, VA.
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:17 AM
 
Location: In transition
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Churchill, Manitoba, Canada I would say. Polar Bear capital of the world. No road in or out. Can only get there by train which didn't have service for more almost 10 years or by plane. I went in May and it was -10°C... not exactly spring weather.
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Old 09-15-2020, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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I suppose it doesn't compare to some peoples' answers here, but I went to Darwin, Australia in January and drove about 2000km (1200 miles) around the Northern Territory. The NT is just a whole lot of absolutely nothing, other than nature, for thousands of km. Darwin itself is quite isolated from other cities in Australia, 2,846 km from Brisbane and 2,647km to Perth, you're closer to East Timor and Indonesia than anything populated in Australia. Once you get about an hour or more outside Darwin, the sense of aloneness and isolation when you're driving down the highway is astounding.
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Old 09-15-2020, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Northern Manitoba, Canada. And I never want to go back. It was a weird experience and a reminder just how vast and empty this country is.
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Old 09-15-2020, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Whoa that's about as remote as you can get. Isn't it known as trash island now where the worlds plastic is accumulating and killing the Albatroses & birds there because they're consuming it?
Unfortunately, yes, they are having some issues with trash. To my understanding, the albatrosses are mostly in danger when they fly out to sea, and eat the shiny plastic they find floating on the water. I know that Midway used to sponsor cleanups of their beaches, back when they had visitation to the island. I don't know what they're doing now.
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