Even though we’re here in the Information Age, and you’re (obviously) partaking of cyberspace via some some IT infrastructure at this very moment in time, you should know that there are places on the planet where nature still rules.
Back in the 1980s Don Henley sang: “I know a place where we can go, still untouched by man. We’ll sit and watch the clouds roll by and the tall grass waves in the wind.” The former Eagle might not have used the English language entirely properly with those lyrics, but the sentiment wasn’t lost on anyone heard the song.
He was also quite accurate; there are still places where “we” can go just to enjoy the beauty of nature not cluttered with buildings, highways, concrete and asphalt platforms, or other forms of human-designed structures.
Here are five places left on Planet Earth where you can enjoy an environment that is still unsullied by human construction.
Namibia enjoys one of the lowest population densities of any country in the world. Located on the southern portion of the African continent, the country gets its name, quite understandably, from the Namib Desert.
The presence of the desert and the lack of a large population contribute to make it one of the landscapes on the African continent that is least marred by human traffic and hands. Namibia is also one of the few countries in the world that constitutionally protects its own ecosystem.
Furthermore, it’s the home of more cheetahs than any other nation. About 2,500 of them live in Namibia, which is about 25% of the world’s population of cheetahs. When you visit Namibia, you can see ancient petroglyphs, beautiful sand dunes, waterfalls, and craters.
2. The Galapagos Islands
Darwin popularized these islands during his famous travels. Since then, he has been followed by an innumerable host of sightseers and animal-lovers. In spite of that, the Galapagos still sport some beautiful natural scenery. Here, you’ll see iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins, seals, whales, and unusual fish. The entire human population of Galapagos amounts to only 23,000, so there’s plenty of area left completely untouched.
3. Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is still one of the least explored, and least developed, places on the planet. To this day, scientists believe that many undiscovered species of animals and plants exist within Papua New Guinea’s jungle.
Development of land in the area is complicated by the rough terrain, so it’s practically non-existent. In a nutshell, if it’s wild nature you want to see, you’ll find no shortage of it in Papua New Guinea.
The Republic of Seychelles consists of 115 islands in an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It has a higher percentage of government-protected land than any other country: about half of the nation’s land. As a result, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world there.
In fact, about 305 miles of beaches surround the islands, and they aren’t overrun with tourists. Additionally, you’ll find some particularly fine eye candy in the form of avian wildlife, including the national bird: the Seychelles black parrot.
Most people consider Tibet to be a natural paradise. However, another mountain nation in the Himalayas, called Bhutan, has a much cleaner environment. More than 60% of the country is covered by forestry and about 25% of the land is either protected or has been designated as a national park.
Although a natural environment can make for some fantastic scenery, it can also be very therapeutic. Some rehabilitation centers actually use nature to assist with recovery programs. In this respect, beautiful nature actually has a medicinal quality which assists people in overcoming addictions.