Ticuna tribe leaders in the southern Colombian village of Nazareth say they’re tired of backpacking tourists flocking to their remote home, trashing the environment and likewise polluting their culture.
“We had lots of problems. People came, left their rubbish behind, garbage bags, plastic bottles,” Nazareth resident Grimaldo Ramos told Toby Muse of Agence France Presse.
Now, guards armed with traditional sticks stand guard on the edge of town to deter any would-be intruders.
The mayor of nearby Puerto Narino says he understands Nazareth’s concerns, but believes that if tourism is well-regulated, it can help the region to lift itself out of “poverty.”
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