It was one of the best dive sites in the world. Although it was also one of the most recognizable images of the Galapagos Islands. The collapse of the legendary Darwin Arch was caused by natural erosion of this structure. This was declared by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and Water.
Witnesses to the fall
The well-known Darwin Arch was an attractive natural stone bridge. It was built less than a kilometer from Darwin Island. This is located in the northernmost part of the archipelago. The collapse of the stone structure took place on Monday morning. It could be appreciated by the crew of a ship in the area.
It was named after the British naturalist Charles Darwin. The structure was a popular image from trips to the island. It contained a dual attraction for tourists visiting the Galapagos Archipelago, which is 900 kilometers from the continental coast of Ecuador. Unesco considers it a world heritage site for housing unique plant and animal species.
It consists of 234 islands, rocks and bays. Around 30,000 people live in four of them. The archipelago attracts tourists from all over the world who gather to appreciate its unique biodiversity. It is well known that it served as the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution.
In the case of Darwin’s Arch, it was not only the natural beauty of its landscape that was remarkable. It had the added appeal of its rich underwater life. This makes it a special place for watching sharks and other species.
Unsurprisingly, the place keeps appearing on the various lists of the world’s best places to dive.
Fortunately, this is an attraction that was not lost with the collapse of the legendary Darwin Arch.