| Author: Lindsey Brand

6. La Rinconada, Peru

A very interesting fact about this island is that, despite being the highest human settlement on our planet, sitting at 17,000 feet above sea level, the island still has a population of more than 50,000 people. It is located deep in the great Peruvian Andes.

The climate condition of this suburb closely resembles that of Greenland, even though it is located in Peru. The island has its own goldmine located below the La Bella Durimiente glacier near the city.


7. Socotra Island, Yemen

Looking for weird? Try visiting the Socotra island, Located on Yemen’s Gulf of Aden. The island is packed with absolute weirdness. It is one of the most alien-looking places on earth with its weird-looking dragon’s blood trees. The island is home to over 800 rare species of plants, most of which are indigenous and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

The island is said to be occupied by over 40,000 inhabitants- according to UNESCO World Heritage Website but built its first road in 2011. You can visit this incredible and fascinating town through flights, which are available in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.


8. Siwa Oasis, Egypt

iwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s oldest towns, and because the town has been so isolated for so long in the middle of Egypt’s desert, the language and incredible culture of the Siwa Oasis natives have been preserved.

Though the town is a long five-hours ride from Cairo, it is a common stop for tourists. This town, even though is in isolation, is home to some of Egypt’s best locally-grown dates and olives.


9. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia

Russia is really cold, and the small town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is located at the very center of it all. It is a town of 180,000 dwellers, surrounded by extremely cold, impassable mountains and volcanoes.

The town is only accessible through air, one has to wonder how people actually live and survive here. The whole place is completely situated in the middle of the ice. And what’s worse, is that there is no town or other community close to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

You can’t blame anyone because it’s practically impossible for anyone to live on this hostile reach of land. Moscow, which is the capital of Russia, is 4,000 miles away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Ironically, it is easier for locals of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to visit North Korea, than go to their own capital city.


10. Funafuti, Tuvalu

If you look from a map, the small island of Funafuti looks pretty much like its floating in the middle of nowhere. This small town is home to 6,000 residents, and surprising, not a lot of people go there. I mean, who would want to go there, the place is basically coal-filled with palm trees and surrounded by endless roiling sea.

There are no close communities nearby. The only close, or what you could describe as close human settlement to this small town in Fiji, which is 1,134 kilometres away. This island is accessible only by air and sea. However, if not for the very affordable air travel to Funafuti, it is one place no one would probably visit.