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Easter Island’s famous Moai statues slowly fading away Web

: Anderson Cooper : 60 Minutes/CBS News : April 21, 2019


In traveling all over the world, we wonder, have we done more harm or more good to the communities we visit?

Tourism often provides a source of much-needed funds to local people. But, as in the case of Easter Island, it also fundamentally changes the nature of the community being visited. There used to be two flights a week full of tourists descending on this island. Now there are two a day, plus lots of visitors from cruise ships.

At what point does a place become so overwhelmed with tourists that tourism needs to be limited, instead of encouraged?

SummaryFor years, archaeologists have wondered how the mysterious statues came to dot the island in the Pacific. Now, they’re trying to find a way to keep the statues around.

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