There are a lot of tourist destinations that are on many people's bucket lists. Whether it's a tropical destination on the beach or somewhere that the weather is a little more on the chilly side, there are so many different places around the world that people either already love to visit or dream of being able to experience.
On the other hand, there are a lot of tourist destinations that although people may dream of visiting, it's not as easy as booking a ticket and heading there for a weekend. While these places may not be entirely impossible to visit, it can be pretty difficult and definitely deter a lot of more casual travelers. To see 10 places that are nearly impossible to get to, keep reading!
10 Ciudad Perdida
Ciudad Perdida translates to "Lost City" and is a pretty fitting name for this ancient city located in Colombia. Ciudad Perdida was built in the 11th century and was lost for quite some time within the vast and luscious jungle of Colombia. In 1975, it was rediscovered by archaeologists and has become a popular tourist destination.
But being a popular destination doesn't make it easy to reach. In order to see this lost city up close, you're going to need to take several days to hike through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.
Nunavut is the largest territory in Canada, but it's actually also the least populated territory. Nunavut is home to a town called Alert. Alert is known for being the most northern permanently populated location on Earth.
Because Alert is so far up north in Canada, it can be pretty tough to get there and definitely not a place that a lot of people would want to spend most of their time. During the hottest months of the year, the average temperature doesn't often get above 45°F. And during the winter? It can get all the way down to -50°F, so it's not surprising that only 62 people live here.
8 Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is an island located in the South Atlantic Ocean. It's the main island in a group of volcanic islands that has a population of around 250 people while the other islands in the group are completely uninhabited wildlife reserves.
Going to Tristan da Cunha is pretty tricky. Not only is it difficult to get there, but visitors need permission from the island council before they plan their trip. Because no planes go to Tristan de Cunha, visitors have to take a boat from Cape Town. This trip can take up to a week or more! Different boats make the trip about once a month each and the round trip can cost up to $6,000.
Kungsleden, which translates to King's Trail, is located in Sweden. Kungsleden is located in the northern part of Sweden and is a relatively untouched area of nature. This location is a popular place for tourists that like to get out and see the natural beauty of the world.
Although much of Kungsleden is fairly easy to hike because of the fact that the trails have been adapted for visitors, they're not all that way. Sarek National Park is a part of Kungsleden that has no marked trails, making it a much tougher trek for visitors to hike.
6 Pitcairn Islands
There are a lot of reasons that peopled don't often visit the Pitcairn Islands. Despite being located in a beautiful area in the Pacific Ocean, these islands have quite a history of scandals and aren't easy to reach. The main island in the group of three islands, known as Pitcairn Island, is the one with the largest population at about 50 people.
Anyone who wants to visit for more than two weeks needs explicit permission. The trip is long but can be worth it for people that want to visit a unique tropical island. But for people that want to move there, things are tougher. It's nearly impossible to get a job on the island because of local rules and it's expensive to get a house built there.
5 Havasupai Falls
The Havasupai Reservation is a Native American reservation located in Arizona, just near the Grand Canyon. Although the Grand Canyon is a popular tourist destination that is definitely not difficult to reach, the nearby Havasupai Reservation and Havasupai Falls definitely are.
The Havasupai Reservation is located about 8 miles away from the nearest road and is accessable only by horse or foot, so it's quite a journey to get there. But after arriving, visitors can see Havasupai Falls and even stay at the local campsite overnight.
4 Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is located in Siberia. This ancient lake is known for being the largest freshwater lake in the world! During the winter, this lake becomes a particularly popular tourist destination because of the fact that the lake freezes over, making it possible to trek across it.
But because of the fact that the lake freezes with such an uneven texture, trying to get across the lake in order to explore the hidden ice grottoes can be treacherous. Many people hire an experienced driver who is used to driving across the frozen surface, but some more adventurous tourists choose to walk.
3 Aldabra Atoll
Aldabra Atoll is an atoll located in Seychelles. Seychelles is already an area that is fairly obscure as a vacation destination and is definitely not somewhere that a ton of travelers know about. But Aldabra Atoll is a part of Seychelles that is even more difficult to reach.
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There is currently no transportation that actually goes to Aldabra, meaning that anyone that wants to visit this tiny island has to arrange their own private transportation there, most likely by boat. Considering the water around this tropical paradise can get rough, arranging the boat ride there may not be the hardest part of getting there.
2 Taktsang Palphug
It's easy to see why Taktsang Palphug is a location that isn't easy to get to. It's on the side of a mountain and definitely looks dangerous! But it's even harder than it seems because of the fact that it's located in Bhutan, a small country that only lets in a certain number of tourists per year.
If you're lucky enough to be granted permission to visit Bhutan, going to Taktsang Palphug is a must. This monastery is located at the end of a half-mile trek up from the valley but offers a beautiful view and a chance to experience a visit to this sacred monastery.
Often referred to as "Machu Picchu's sister," Choquequirao is an ancient Incan site located in South America. It's compared to Machu Picchu because of its similar structure and design, but it's got some major differences.
One of the biggest differences is the fact that Machu Picchu is a fairly accessible location. Visitors from all over the world visit Machu Picchu every year because that place isn't all that hard to get to. Meanwhile, Choquequirao is accessed only by taking a two day hike through the Peruvian Andes, just outside of Cusco. Because of this, it's not an adventure many people are willing to take.