15 Very Popular Tourist Attractions that Are No Longer Open to the Public
Whether it is because of damage, intentional or unintentional, caused by tourists, or climate change, or simply economic problems, these attractions are no longer open. This article will make you realize that when you travel, you must try to not damage historical or natural monuments.
Guaíra Falls was located on the Paraná River that serves as a border between Paraguay and Brazil. It was a series of 18 waterfalls and was one of the most powerful in the world, while not the highest. It was demolished in 1982 by the Brazilian army to construct the Itaipu Dam. In the last months, millions gathered to say goodbye, even causing many accidents, but that didn’t stop tourists.
Maya Bay is located in the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. There was a sudden boost in tourist activity to the locations after it was popularized by the movie ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. After that, it started receiving footfall of nearly 5000 people a day. As you can understand, this must have impacted the beach negatively. In 2018, it was closed indefinitely by authorities for recovery.
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This rock is so called because of its completely white appearance. It had always been one of the top destinations in Australia. However, after several yogis and pros uploaded videos of them balancing near the edge of the rock, footfall increased significantly. From 2000 visitors a month, the number shot up to 10,000. After the death of a few people, a fence was put up in 2015. It has been closed since 2015 due to fears about its stability.
The glacier was located atop the Chacaltaya Mountain. This was Bolivia’s only ski resort and was accessible by only a dirt road. It was heavenly for ski-enthusiasts. However, in the 1990s, scientists noticed that as an effect of climate change, the glacier was melting at an alarming rate. They predicted it would disappear by 2015. By 2009, the snow and the ski-run disappeared completely.
This lake is also located in Bolivia. It had dried up once in 1994 but was later rejuvenated by rainwater. However, in 2016, it dried up completely and did not rejuvenate again. This was due to the effect of climate change and also the effect of agricultural and mining development in the nearby regions.