Stonehenge, Machu Picchu Among 'Threatened Wonders'
How tourists damage eight of the wonders they love most
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 9:10 AM CST
People dance as they celebrate the summer solstice shortly after 04.58, at the Stonehenge monument, England, early Saturday June 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – From the litter strewn around Machu Picchu to the noisy highway junction next to Stonehenge, mass tourism and misguided development have many of the world's most famous travel destinations looking worse for the wear. Wanderlust magazine reports on the top eight threatened wonders, what can be done to help them, and three places that could use more tourists. A few of them:

  • Tulum, Mexico: Tourist development on the Caribbean coast has harmed Mayan communities as well as local wildlife; if you go, choose lower-impact bungalow resorts over larger hotels.
  • Wadi Rum, Jordan: This stunning desert has been "beaten to a pulp" by 4WD tours, and most tourist money doesn't benefit the local Bedouin community.
  • Jaisalmer, India: Tourists who stay the night in this golden fort in the Rajasthan desert are straining the ancient building's infrastructure.
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TheBoatCompany
Feb 27, 2011 8:39 PM CST
"Jaisalmer, India: Tourists who stay the night in this golden fort in the Rajasthan desert are straining the ancient building's infrastructure" Then why let people stay there???
jfcd
Jan 15, 2010 12:27 PM CST
ummm nope..... anyway, Tulum is a very beautiful place, hopefully somehting will be done about it.
Snarfeh
Jan 15, 2010 4:53 AM CST
@DF - I think you just hit on why they ended their calendar in 2012....they expected the last remains of their culture would be decimated by modern man by then....