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6 of the world's most remote communities

By: Shea Gunther on April 10, 2012, 6:25 p.m.
Easter Island

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Easter Island

Easter Island, famed for its iconic stone statues, is also one of the most remote communities in the world. It's more than 1,200 miles away from the closest inhabited island and 2,180 miles from Chile, the nearest large land mass. The island is 15.3 miles by 7.6 miles and has at least 4,000 residents. Polynesians are believed to have been the island’s first inhabitants, arriving sometime between 300 and 1200 BC. The Polynesians were experts in the art of traveling vast distances in large, open-decked canoes. Today many residents make a living catering to the tourists who flock there to explore the nature, history and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.