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10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear

Our world is filled with breathtaking landscapes and historic landmarks, many of which are under threat from climate change, overtourism, and other human activities. If you have a bucket list of places to visit, you might want to prioritize these incredible destinations before they potentially disappear. Here are ten places that are at risk and worth visiting while you still can.

1. The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Often referred to as the “lungs of the world,” the Amazon Rainforest is rapidly being deforested for mining, industrial agriculture, and illegal logging. In the past four decades alone, around 40% of the Amazon has been destroyed, putting countless species and the entire ecosystem at risk .

Must-Do Activities

  • River Cruises: Explore the Amazon River and its tributaries on a low-impact, luxury small- ship river cruise with Delfin River Cruises .
    • Wildlife Watching: Look out for unique animals like the pink dolphin and the Amazonian jaguar.

2. Venice, Italy

Venice is sinking due to rising sea levels and increased flooding. The city is taking measures to protect itself, but the long-term outlook remains uncertain .

Must-Do Activities

  • Gondola Rides: Experience a romantic gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canals.
    • St. Mark’s Square: Visit this historic square, which might one day be underwater.

3. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Rising sea temperatures are causing widespread coral bleaching, which has killed half of the reef since 2016. The ecosystem is struggling to survive, making it a must-see before it’s further damaged

Must-Do Activities

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Explore the vibrant marine life and colorful corals.
    • Glass-Bottom Boat Tours: For those who prefer to stay dry, these tours offer a great view of the underwater world.

4. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

The glaciers in Glacier National Park are melting at an alarming rate due to climate change. Of the 150 glaciers that existed 100 years ago, only 25 remain today, and they are expected to disappear within the next 15 years .

Must-Do Activities

  • Hiking: Explore the park’s 700 miles of hiking trails.
    • Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, mountain goats, and other wildlife.

5. The Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan/Palestine

The Dead Sea is shrinking at a rate of about one meter per year due to water diversion from the Jordan River and mineral extraction industries .

Must-Do Activities

  • Floating: Experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly in the super-salty waters.
    • Mud Baths: Enjoy the therapeutic properties of the Dead Sea mud.

6. The Maldives

Rising sea levels threaten to submerge the Maldives, as its highest point is only about 2.4 meters above sea level. The islands are actively working on sustainability efforts, but the threat remains .

Must-Do Activities

  • Diving and Snorkeling: Explore the crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.
    • Luxury Resorts: Stay in an overwater bungalow and enjoy the stunning ocean views.

7. Antarctica

Global warming is causing the ice in Antarctica to melt at an unprecedented rate, endangering the continent’s unique ecosystem and wildlife .

Must-Do Activities

  • Cruises: Take a guided cruise to see the stunning icebergs and wildlife.
    • Wildlife Watching: Observe penguins, seals, and whales in their natural habitat.

8. The Great Wall of China

Erosion, theft of bricks, and lack of maintenance are causing parts of the Great Wall to crumble. An estimated 30% of the wall has already disappeared .

Must-Do Activities

  • Hiking: Walk along restored sections of the wall for breathtaking views.
    • Historical Tours: Learn about the wall’s history and significance.

9. The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Overtourism and climate change are threatening the unique ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands, which are home to many endemic species .

Must-Do Activities

  • Guided Tours: Explore the islands with a naturalist guide to learn about their unique biodiversity.
    • Snorkeling and Diving: Discover the rich marine life, including sea turtles and sharks.

10. Patagonian Ice Fields, Argentina

Climate change is causing the glaciers in Patagonia to retreat rapidly. The Patagonian Ice Fields are one of the largest ice masses outside of Antarctica and Greenland, but they are shrinking .

Must-Do Activities

  • Glacier Tours: Visit famous glaciers like Perito Moreno.
    • Hiking and Trekking: Explore the stunning landscapes of Patagonia.


These ten destinations are not only breathtakingly beautiful but also at risk of disappearing. By visiting them responsibly, you can appreciate their magnificence while also contributing to local conservation efforts. So, pack your bags and prioritize these incredible places on your travel list before it’s too late.

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