20. La Rinconada, Peru
As far as inaccessibility is concerned, few locations in the world compare to La Rinconada. At nearly 17,000 ft, its considered to be the “highest” city in the world. The only way to get there is via truck, and it had better be 4-wheel drive at that. In spite of this, and being located on a permanently frozen glacier, it has 30,000 inhabitants, almost all of whom are involved in the business of mining gold.
15. Pitcairn Island, South Pacific
A tiny speck in the center of the southern Pacific Ocean, its closest neighbor is Tahiti but even that is hundreds of miles away. It has a population of about fifty people, most of whom are direct descendents of crewmembers who were involved in a mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789. There is no airstrip on the island, and getting there from the mainland requires hopping a ride on a shipping boat out of New Zealand, something that can take up to 10 days.
10. Oymyakon, Siberia
A village in Oymyakonsky Ulus of the Sakha Republic, Russia boasting a population of 521. It holds the record for lowest recorded temperature on Earth for any permanently inhabited location at âˆ’69.2 Â°C (âˆ’93 Â°F).
5. Antarctic Pole of Inaccessibility
A “pole of inaccessibility” is that point on a continent that is the greatest distance from any ocean in any direction. For example, the North American pole is in South Dakota. Of the 7 continents, however, the most inaccessible pole lies in the frigid wastelands of Antarctica.
In 1958 the Soviet Union tried, and failed, to establish a base at the Antarctic Pole of Inaccessibility. Before abandoning their project, however, in classic soviet fashion, they constructed a statue of Lenin to oversee the icy landscape and mark the USSR’s global reach.