The Sayan Mountains
Towering peaks and cool lakes bring about tributaries that merge into the Yenisei, a river flowing over 2,000 miles to the Arctic Ocean. Since 1944, the isolated area has been closed by the Soviet Union; these are the Sayan Mountains.
Along the eastern Sayan Mountains in southern Siberia, lies a group of 25 people who speak a language called Tofa. In Tofa, it is possible to add the suffix, -sig, to a word. This suffix means, "to smell like", and Tofa is the only language in the world that uses this kind of suffix. Back in the 1950's, the government forced the Tofa speakers to learn Russian, and now there are only 25 left that speak Tofa, all of them elderly.
The mountains are also home to Shumak Resort, which is a natural spa resort within the mountains. It is possible to visit the resort from June through September. Shumak is actually a river which comes down through the mountains, and was founded by a hunter who was tracking a wounded bear a long time ago. Shumak is also called the valley of 100 springs. The qualities of the springs are the best in mineral waters throughout Russian resorts, and are said to have the capabilites to cause healing and better health. Naturally, the Shumak is overcrowded throughout July and August.
One of the worlds most isolated inhabited islands, within the southeastern Pacific Ocean, was visited by Jacob Roggeveen, the Dutch explorer, on Easter Sunday in 1722. Other names for the island have been translated to mean; The Navel of the World, and Eyes that talk to the sky.
Easter Island is over 2,000 miles west of Chile, with an area of 63 sq miles. The climate of the island is subtropical marine, with the lowest temperatures coming in July and August, and the highest temperatures coming in February. Although the island records rainfall year round, the rainiest month remains to be April.
Three extinct volcanoes give the island a triangular shape. The Poike Peninsula was once the island of Poike, but was joined to Easter Island from volcanic activity.
The fame of Easter Island is disproportionate to the population itself, as the people throughout the years have suffered from famines, wars, raids, colonialism, and epidemics. We know that giant statues have been seen throughout the island over the years, and that much of the island is now deforested, but much of the island's cultural knowledge is now lost.