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Easter Island

Where: Chile

 

Known for its famous 887 moai—carved monolithic statues— future may be compromised by a fading culture. The remote island has a small population of 5,000, of which fewer than half are Rapa Nui (the indigenous people of the island), according to a 2012 study done by The Berkeley Planning Journal. Recent developments, such as the opening of a new luxury eco-resort last year, also have locals concerned about a tourism influx; so much so, there is a movement afoot to limit numbers. Visit before you need a permit to see the island's ancient petroglyphs, cave paintings, and moai, or do some extraordinary diving.

 

Plan Your Trip: Visit

Places to see before they're gone

20 November 2013

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists contend that climate change is affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities, leading to potentially drastic changes. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their unique cultures. Here are 10 places on the brink of forever changing, and some that are threatening to disappear altogether. Trust us, you want to see these now—just remember to travel responsibly and respectfully.

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