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3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are famous for their unique biodiversity, home to creatures such as marine iguanas (pictured) and the huge Galapagos tortoises, which weigh 400kg.

But thanks to human traffic, many of these species are now  under threat.

Thankfully, most tours today take great care to  limit the footprint left by visitors.

Make the memories of your trip better by leaving it as you found it.

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4. Sistine Chapel, Italy

Rome’s Sistine Chapel turns 500 this year, but its frequent visitors are starting to take their toll. 

Five million tourists visit the chapel each year to see Michelangelo’s famous frescos, but the pollution they bring with them – breath, sweat, skin flakes, hair and dust – coats the artwork and could damage it permanently.

The Vatican is looking to reduce visitor numbers, so fingers crossed this results in less scummy artworks and a more serene, contemplative atmosphere.

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5. Mount Everest, Nepal

It may be the highest mountain in the world, but Everest has also been called the world’s highest rubbish dump.

Climbers leave trash such as oxygen canisters, torn tents and beer bottles at base camp.

You’d think people keen to go on such a gruelling expedition would take better care of it.

Eight tonnes of rubbish was picked up by groups such as Saving Mount Everest (savingmounteverest.org) last year – thanks to them, this world-renowned site is still breathtaking.

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