Photo: World Heritage sites in danger (UNESCO)
Every year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) evaluates its World Heritage sites in order to preserve their historical integrity as well as recognize if any historical landmarks are in danger.
Currently there are 38 international properties threatened by various human and natural causes, 7 of which are located in Latin America.
Check out the most threatened locations in Central and Latin America below:
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Threats posed by invasive species, unbridled tourism and overfishing have landed the Galapagos on the danger list.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Impact of tourism, erosion, and uncontrolled development have forced the 500 year-old Machu Picchu into the danger category.
Portobelo-San Lorenzo, Panama
Founded in 1597 by Spanish explorer Francisco Velarde y Mercado, the forts are in a poor state of preservation due to lack of maintenance and uncontrollable urban developments.
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras
The reserve home to a number of endangered species is currently threatened by illegal logging, poaching, and uncontrolled commercial hunting of wild animals.
Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Chile
The two former saltpeter refineries located in northern Chile are particularly vulnerable after a recent earthquake, the site was also placed on the list to help mobilize resources for its conservation.
Photo Credits: UNESCO