Top 10 remote destinations to see in your lifetime

Bruce has spent the last 24 years searching the most remote locations on Earth for the ultimate in must-see destinations. Here he shares his Top 10.

By Bruce Poon Tip on 06 June 2014 in Travel Articles

In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip launched G Adventures with the belief that other travellers would share his desire to experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner. Here, Bruce shares with us his own Top 10 Places to See In Your Lifetime.

10) Kampala, Uganda

mountain gorillas, Uganda (c) flickr/mrflip

One of the ultimate African experiences is being able to explore the natural habitat of mountain gorillas; a rare pleasure and one that still leaves me in complete awe. After a challenging trek through thick African jungle, our group was presented with the awe-inspiring reward of finding ourselves in the company of a family of roaming gorillas. The trek was led by experienced trackers who allowed us to get as close as possible to the primates while constantly ensuring that we did not disturb their natural thriving habitat.

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9) Pak Ou Caves, Laos

Pak Ou Caves, Laos (c) flickr/llee_wu

These magnificent ancient caves, high above the Mekong River some 25km from Luang Prabang, have been a place of Buddhist worship and solitude for more than 600 years. Over that time, more than 4,000 images of Buddha have been placed inside them, creating a humbling place to ponder life’s greater mysteries. The opportunity to experience the tranquillity of these caves was something I will personally always cherish.

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8) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos (c) flickr/Ndecam

For as long as I can remember I have read about Darwin completing his research on evolution on these curious islands, so I was keen to explore them for myself. The location is still relatively remote and left me powerless to do anything but relax and learn. The Galapagos Islands are an experience rarely available to the modern day tourist and the opportunity to explore a virtually untouched location inspires me to this day.

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7) Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize (c) flickr/Dave 10Broek

This lost sandy peninsula in the south of Belize is another hidden gem that remains undiscovered by mainstream tourists. Aside from a few lost backpackers, it was a rare pleasure to relax with villagers in total anonymity. More lost islands are located just off the coast, which can be easily reached, and I would highly recommend them to those who have the extra time.

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6) Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala (c) wikipedia/Simon Burchell

The Mayans left behind a majestic city that always seems remarkably undisturbed in the middle of its tropical jungle setting. By imagining how the Mayans once ruled this area of the world, it is easy to transport yourself back to a time of ancient and savage civilisation.

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5) Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania (c) wikipedia/Brocken Inaglory

My journey through this lush wildlife playground in the middle of a dry open desert in Africa left me wanting more. I witnessed rhinos and baboons roaming effortlessly and free against a stunning backdrop of the setting African sun. It was a truly untouched experience, where I felt as if I was immersed in the land itself.

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4) Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls, Venezuela (c) wikipedia/Yosemite

Angel Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, and is certainly the highest in the world. The overall trip experience is heightened by the adventure one needs to endure to get there. Travelling down wild rivers by canoe and sleeping in hammocks along the riverside makes it an unforgettable quest to find this spectacular natural wonder.

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3) Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India (c) flickr/snooksy

The greatest monument to love on Earth. The passion that inspired the pristine structure, built so many centuries ago, left me in complete wonder. Even before its construction, the Taj Mahal was designed to become an inspiring example of beautiful architecture and remains so today, creating a powerful effect on visitors from all backgrounds.

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2) Otavalo, Ecuador

Otavalo craft market (c) wikipedia/Sputnikcccp

Every Saturday morning, the world's largest craft market is brought to life with a wash of vibrant colour as the Otavalo Indians come down from the hills to market their wares. The electric energy in the air is captivating and puts you in a mood to spend and take home a special memory of this unique place.

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1) Lhasa, Tibet

Potala Palace, Lhasa (c) wikipedia/Antoinetav

At one time Tibet was the spiritual and cultural heart of Asia. While the people of Tibet have had their struggles since the Cultural Revolution, their spirit was still palpable as soon as we set foot in Lhasa. The Potala Palace sits looming over the city as Buddhist monks passed by us on their daily routines, reminding us that this city was once the pulse of a nation in change.

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Sandesh Subedi, Nepal

I do not see the destination Nepal. which is the birth place of Lord Buddha who spread peace and love to the world and highest point on Earth i:e Mount Everest 8848m in height lies in here along with diversity in culture and Nature.

30 November, 2014

Jeannine J. Sellers, @JeannineJSeller

Belize just looks so beautiful, that's definitely on my list!

17 November, 2014

Sylvia, Netherlands

Been to 4 of the places you mention up here, to Lhasa we have been twice! I would love to go to the crater in Tanzania one day and to up the Kilimanjaro

12 August, 2014

Aidan Power, Ireland

One of the best places I visited was Ethiopia -Simien Mountains Trek. That and Petra or wadi rum in Jordan...would love the book but new ideas from a newsletter be good too!

30 June, 2014

M K Varsani, Bangalore, India

All these places are superb and of-course unique in their own way, but to choose one, I'll go for Lhasa - Tibet. Though not asked, I'd be happy to have a long vacation at Galapagos - Ecuador !!

30 June, 2014

Leah, Kirkland lake, ontario

Planning to go to my bucket list destination of South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and Laos) in a few months with my sister! Will be an absolute dream come true and I can't wait for the adventure! Would love this book as a travel companion for the trip :)

30 June, 2014

Ingrid, Norway

Just got back from my first backpacking trip, at age 19, where i got to see some of my dream destinations; Ethiopia, Cuba, Colombia and Ecuador. But I did not go to Galapagos - so that will definitly be on my next backpackingtrip to South-America, luckily I got plenty of time!

30 June, 2014

Sheila Durr, Syracuse, NY

I've been to Kampala, Uganda and tracked Groilla's in the Bewindi Forest. Would love to visit Lhasa, Tibet and the Serengeti one day. Look forward to your newsletters.

30 June, 2014

Jessica Winkler,

I took my first G tour in 2007. It was a 5 month trip around South America. This tour changed my life. I took kiteboarding lessons while in Peru & again once we got to Brazil. I am not a world champion professional kiteboarder traveling the world for a living! Thank you Bruce for putting together opportunities for people to find out who they really are!

30 June, 2014

Rakhee Ghelani, Mumbai

I've done 6 on this list and Galapagos is my pick!

11 June, 2014

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