5 Wonders of Our Planet That Have Been Collapsed By Tourists

The overturism inextricably linked to this XXI century gentrifies, impoverishes many local communities, pollutes and is harmful to the environment. These are five places in the world that have been collapsed by tourists and have taken action.

Caring for natural environments and protecting them from the excess of tourists - with the consequent erosion, erosion or contamination that their massive influx entails - is fundamental for the governments of the world. Today we review five beautiful places whose safety and survival are in danger due to the tourist collapse.

Everest Base Camp, Tibet

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It has been closed for tourists without walking permits due to the greater amount of waste left by visitors. Nepal's base camp is only accessible by a two-week walk, which makes it difficult for a typical tourist. That is why so many are heading to Tibet. Now only 300 permits will be issued each year, and with the recent deaths of 11 climbers, this figure could even be reduced.

Island of Boracay, Philippines


Although this island in the Philippines has been reopened, it is still being restored and is under threat of closing once again. It closed its entrance to tourists in 2018 for approximately six months to recover from heavy tourism and problems of public services, such as wastewater reaching the ocean from nearby hotels.

Since the 1980s it has been used as a recreational island and for parties, receiving 1.7 million visitors in a span of 10 months in recent years, many of them cruise ships passing by. Now new strict rules appear like "do not vomit in public". There are also prohibitions to bring pets, roast meat, shoot fireworks after 9 o'clock at night, open casinos and use disposable plastics.

Komodo Island, Indonesia


With the famous inhabitants of the island, the Komodo dragons, which were stolen and sold on the black market in recent years, Komodo Island in Indonesia has been closed to tourists since at least January of 2020. Millions of visitors to an island that can not handle that impact have also been a problem. However, other islands that are part of the Komodo National Park remain open.

Maya Bay, Thailand

Bahía Maya

Famous for being the space in which the famous movie of The Beach (2000) was filmed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the Maya Bay of Thailand experienced a massive increase in visitors after the film. Before, I only had about 100 people on its banks every day. Last 2018 there were 5,000 a day.

In June 2018, the country's department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation announced that they would temporarily close the beach, perhaps a couple of months. However, the damage was so serious that it is still closed today. The authorities may not have an established reopening date, but they are working to determine the true capacity of the beach, which will increase the negative human impact on the environment.

Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland


The most recent victim of excess tourism is the impressive Fjadrárgljúfur canyon of Iceland. The fault (no kidding) is ... Justin Bieber. More than 1 million people visited the area since the pop star released a videoclip filmed there in 2015. The country has also received a massive increase in visitors, up to 2.3 million in 2018 from 600,000 just eight years ago.

Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, Minister of the Environment, stressed that "although it is a bit simplistic to blame Justin Bieber for the whole situation, a famous person can dramatically impact a whole area if the mass follows him." Now there are fences and signs to keep people away, but the number of people trying to go is still overwhelming.