14 world attractions that mercilessly destroy tourists
Traveling has now become a new religion: people seek to travel the world and visit attractions and scenic spots. The most popular of them take a huge number of tourists daily. So, 19 thousand people a day rush to see the Coliseum, and more than 70 thousand rush to Niagara Falls. Of course, such a stream of people leaves behind itself traces, sometimes destructive and irreversible, writes AdMe.ru
Here are 14 famous tourist spots that have already been hit by travelers.
- Stonehenge, England
The main English attraction is from 4 to 5 thousand years, and it has long lost its original appearance. Stonehenge has undergone numerous restorations, and concrete foundations are hidden under some stones. Now tourists are not allowed to sit on the rocks, because the destruction of the monuments occurs not only from old age, but also because of the huge number of visitors.
Coral reefs in Hawaii suffer from sunscreens, which are used by perhaps every tourist. In this regard, the governor signed a bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of creams with harmful chemicals in the composition. Did you know that even ordinary sunscreens are so harmful to the environment?
- Spanish Steps, Rome
These steps have gained worldwide popularity after the film "Roman Vacations" in 1953. Since then, thousands of tourists rushed here to take pictures on the legendary stairs, leaving behind spilled drinks, chewing gum and food stains. To preserve the historical monument of the XVIII century, new rules were adopted prohibiting sitting on the steps.
- Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
These picturesque cliffs formed 320 million years ago, and today are the most visited attraction in Ireland and are recognized as a specially protected area. On these cliffs shot scenes from the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And in 2013, some vandals painted part of a 2 × 2,5 m graffiti rock. Fortunately, it turned out to remove the picture and restore the appearance of the cliffs.
- Boracay Beach, Philippines
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world was closed for visiting in 2018 due to the difficult environmental situation. For six months, restoration work was actively carried out there: they cleared the water and shore of garbage and algae, closed about 400 hotels and restaurants, and buildings located within 30 meters of the coastline were completely demolished. After that, the beach was opened again, but now only 19 thousand tourists can be on the island at a time. We hope the new rules will help prevent a recurrence of the environmental disaster.
- Venice, Italy
In the legendary city, only 50 thousand indigenous people remained on the water, while the number of tourists visiting Venice annually exceeded 30 million. Such an influx of visitors puts enormous pressure on the sewer system. And the liners stopping at the Grand Canal help blur the coastline. It turns out that Venice can go under water, not only because of global warming, but also because of its incredible popularity.
- Monolith Uluru, Australia
This unique rock formation was formed 680 million years ago. In the 2nd half of the XNUMXth century, the monolith gained immense popularity, because it can change color during the day. But numerous tourists, climbing the mountain, celebrated the need where necessary and left there used diapers and personal hygiene items. Rains washed away human waste in the reservoirs from which animals drink, which inflicted tremendous harm on them. In addition, this led to the death of a rare species of shrimp. As a result, last year tourists were forbidden to climb Uluru.
- Bali, Indonesia
The tourist paradise is actively fighting plastic: in 2017, an emergency was declared, about 700 cleaners were attracted to deal with waste, which sometimes collected 100 tons of garbage per day. In 2018, the diver posted a shocking video filmed 20 km from Bali. Do you think Indonesia will be able to win this war and maintain its incredible popularity over the island?
- Santorini, Greece
Only 15 thousand people live on a small island, while up to 18 thousand tourists visited it. Santorini's electricity and water supply suffered from such an influx of guests, the amount of garbage doubled, and the environmental situation became threatening. Since 2019, the Greek government has been trying to limit the daily number of tourists.
- Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan
The temple was entirely carved in a sandy rock about 2 thousand years ago. The ancient monument is included in the list of 7 new wonders of the world and attracts up to 500 thousand tourists a year. Such an influx of visitors leaves its mark: stains of stearic acid remain from the touch of the hands, and the walls of the church were thinned by almost 10 cm in just 5 years.
- Yangshuo China
The small town, located on the banks of the Lijiang River and surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, has become incredibly popular. More than 3 million people come here every year, wanting to enjoy the beauty of untouched nature. However, Yangshuo is already far from its original appearance: the river is polluted and crowded with rafts for riding tourists, many houses have turned into hotels, and locals leave for other cities.
- Cinque Terre, Italy
Italy's national park is a World Heritage Site. Only 5 thousand people live in 5 small settlements, and up to 2 million tourists a year visit the park. Picturesque paths are overloaded, and some of them are already closed to visitors in order to avoid destruction.
- Torres del Paine, Chile
Chilean National Park is a specially protected area under the auspices of UNESCO. But this did not save him from disaster: at the end of 2011, one of the tourists made a fire in the wrong place and started a fire. Fire covered 11 thousand hectares and destroyed vast territories of protected forests, shrubs and pampas.
- The inscription "I amsterdam", the Netherlands
The inscription itself from the tourists did not suffer, but it became a kind of bait: about 20 million people came here annually for the sake of the picture. Crowds of visitors polluted the city, left behind piles of garbage in the streets and spoiled the architecture. Local residents accused the famous letters of promoting mass tourism, and at the end of 2018 they were dismantled.
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