Considering the staggering rates of global expansion and technology development, it’s impossible to imagine that there is even a sliver of this planet that remains undiscovered or unexplored. There are many such forbidden places around the world and here are some of them:

Snake Island, Brazil

Poisonous snakes keep this aptly named island forbidden. Not that anyone is complaining.

Poisonous snakes keep this aptly named island forbidden. Not that anyone is complaining.

About 93 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil is Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island. To what does it owe this title? Researchers estimate there are between one and five snakes here per 10 square feet.

Lascaux Caves, France

The prehistoric paintings at Lascaux Caves are incredible...and off limits. This image is a replica.

The prehistoric paintings at Lascaux Caves are incredible…and off limits.

The Lascaux Caves in southwestern France are home to a series of stunning Paleolithic paintings, estimated to be up to 20,000 years old.

Area 51, United States

Signs near Area 51 make it abundantly clear: No trespassers allowed.

Signs near Area 51 make it abundantly clear: No trespassers allowed.

A conspiracy theorist’s playground, Area 51 has stumped the public for decades. The hidden military base in the Nevada desert has kept its purpose a secret for quite some time.

North Sentinel Island, India

Natives have successfully kept this island to themselves for 60,000 years.

Natives have successfully kept this island to themselves for 60,000 years.

On North Sentinel Island, a small island in the Andaman chain in the Bay of Bengal, natives have opposed to the influences of the modern world. In fact, the Sentinelese people who live on the island refuse communication with any outsiders and are willing to get violent to protect their isolation.

Bohemian Grove, United States

Novelist Jack London captured this rare shot of Bohemian Grove.

Novelist Jack London captured this rare shot of Bohemian Grove.

Talk about a boys’ club. This 2,700-acre campground in Monte Rio, Calif., is the ultimate playground for men. Each July, the Grove hosts a two-week bacchanalian blowout for VIPs around the world.

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