Chile decided to limit the number of tourists on Easter Island

Chile decided to limit the number of tourists on Easter Island


  • 03.08.2018
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Chile decided to limit the number of tourists on Easter Island

Easter Island is famous for its ancient monumental statues that were carved by the people of Rapa Nui, believed to have arrived here from the southeastern Pacific in the 12th century. Despite the isolated location - about 3,500 kilometers from the coast of Chile, this place is extremely popular among tourists due to the high anthropomorphic figures up to 10 meters high. Chile - the state that annexed the island in 1888, decided to act. In 2007, Easter Island was declared a special territory, while in March the Congress voted to limit the number of tourists and residents on a unique island. From Wednesday, new rules will come into effect that will shorten the maximum length of stay for tourists, Chileans who are not related to the people of Rapa Nui and foreigners on the island from 90 to 30 days. Foreigners are already seizing the island, said Mayor Pedro Edmunds, answering the questions of the leading media information platform. According to the latest census of 2017, there were 7,750 people on Easter Island, almost twice as many as a few decades ago, before the island began to suffer from a tourist boom and a rise in real estate sales. Ten years ago, the island produced 1.4 tons of waste per year per inhabitant, but today this figure has almost doubled - 2.5 tons, while the population processes waste very little.


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