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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.

 

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