Luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller has recently published an article about selfie-taking tourists that are causing damage to the sixteen waterfalls and extensive forests while straying from the wooden walkways in Plitvice Lakes National Park.
-We have four words if you're headed to any national park around the world: stay on the path – writes the author and adds the details about the oldest and the most visited national park in Croatia, one of the being the possibility to lose the UNESCO status because of the damage caused by overcrowding and consruction of vacation homes nearby.
They also have a statement by Katarina Poljak, guardian of nature at the park, saying that visitors are no longer satisfied with sticking the trails but are roaming beyond them to get away from the crowds and get nice photos.
Earlier this month a Canadian man almost fell down a 75-metre cliff top in the Plitvice Lakes national park as he edged further back he fell and was only saved as tree branches broke his fall. The 20 year-old Canadian was lucky, although he did suffer serious injuries according to a police report. This is not the first time that a photo in the Plitvice Lakes has been dangerous, just last year a Slovak tourist fell from the same spot as died whilst taking a photo.
Condé Nast Traveller writes that the other parks around the world have been facing similar problems: in June, one man died after venturing 225 yards off a path in Yellowstone National Park and falling into a hot spring.