10 destinations you should visit before they disappear

Our planet is wonderful. Nobody can tell us for sure how it was created, but what cannot be doubted is that there are incredible places that we have to enjoy while we can.

Why am I getting so alarmist? Well, because climate change is a threat real enough to think that certain destinations will disappear from the map in a few years. Of course, as you can read below, not all the fault lies with the change in the statistical distribution of the weather patterns, but there are other reasons to be alarmed.

1- Machu Picchu (Cuzco, Peru)

Machu Picchu, Peru
The legendary Machu Picchu, which was built in the 15th century and is located on the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 2,438 meters above sea level, could disappear for the simple fact of not being immune to the landslides that occur in the fault where it was built. If to that we add the erosion of the citadel and the constant visits to Wonder of the Modern World, normal that geologists are not optimistic and speak of a subsidence of one centimeter per month that puts it in danger.

2- Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

We go from the mountains to the sea to talk about the Australian Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef on the planet. It is located off the coast of Queensland, in the northeast of the country, and has a brutal extension. However, over the years it is declining due to several factors, such as the increase in the temperature of the oceans, tropical storms or the growth in the number of starfish specimens that feed on coral.

3- Taj Mahal (India)

Taj Mahal
Few monuments will like you more than the Taj Mahal. It is imposing and was not built overnight, since more than 20,000 workers participated in its construction, finishing a masterpiece. However, in recent years it has been possible to see cracks that are difficult to repair and they have noticed that the minarets that support it are tilting. The drought of the Yamana River has something to do with it because the structure is deteriorating.

4- Venice (Italy)

The beautiful Venice, one of the most touristic places in Europe, has a problem with the sea level that not only causes the tide to rise from time to time, but also puts the long-term future of the city at risk. That is why gates are being built that will end up on the seabed and will be used in the event that the tide is one meter above sea level. Will it be the definitive solution ?

5- Everglades (Miami, United States)

Florida’s beautiful mangroves no longer look as unspoiled as they once did. Although there are species of all kinds, both animal and plant, the presence of human beings, which advances with their fertilizers and artificial channels, endangers the survival of the swamps , which today have less water than they should have. A pity that serious measures are not taken to stop such deterioration.

6- Glacier Park (Montana, United States)

We are not moving from the United States because we have to talk about a park that has fewer and fewer glaciers. It has gone from 150 to 27 and future forecasts are not optimistic. Global warming is causing the ice caps to melt and this is affecting the biosphere . In addition, it is estimated that within two decades there will be no snow left, which could cause the disappearance of species that will not be able to adapt to a new scenario that has nothing to do with that of their natural habitat.

7- Hudson Bay (Canada)

In this case we must also lament the enormous problem that climate change is causing in places that have always been completely frozen. The thaw is a reality in this bay that begins to resemble a sea. The ice sheets do not curdle even in winter and that has meant that polar bears are traveling north in search of temperatures in which they can carry out a normal life, feeding seals and creating burrows.

8- Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

Who wouldn’t want to be at Angkor Wat? It is the largest religious structure ever built, an archaeological gem that is worth visiting if you have a trip to Southeast Asia planned. Of course, do not rest on your laurels because the hotel complexes that have been built in the area are endangering the sustainability of their structure by feeding on underground waters. In addition, that dark tone so characteristic of its walls is due to a bacterium that has appeared because it was not restored well. What they did in their day was to eliminate the lichens and mosses that protected the stone, so without them it is normal for something like this to happen.

9- Dead Sea (Jordan)

Dead Sea
The incredible Dead Sea, unique in its kind, allows us to float on water due to the fact that it has up to 10 times more salt than any other sea on the planet. That, and the fact that it is in a desert location, allows us to say that it is a magical place that could disappear. Every year it loses 33 centimeters and the Jordan River, which is the only tributary of the lagoon, is also in low hours due to the overcrowding of tourists who travel to Jordan and Israel.

10- Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Kilimanjaro, one of the most spectacular mountains in the world, could stop having snow at its highest points from 2022 , or at least that is what experts in the field predict. Climate change and rising temperatures have made the thaw a reality that today seems difficult to change, among other things because politicians move at such a slow speed that we will not begin to see improvements for another good handful of decades.