AttractionsThe famed rock formation in the Galapagos has collapsed into the sea.

Darwin's 'bridge' has fallen down

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Darwin's Arch was a popular site among divers, photographers and cruise ship tourists.
Darwin's Arch was a popular site among divers, photographers and cruise ship tourists. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alejandro Cupi

Darwin's Arch, an iconic natural rock formation in the Galapagos Islands that is popular with divers, photographers and cruise ship tourists, has collapsed into the sea.

Natural erosion has caused the connecting 'bridge' to fall away from Darwin's Arch, sitting in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean archipelago and some 1,000km off Ecuador.

Photos of the attraction, now just left with two stone pillars, was first confirmed on 18 May on the Ministry of Environment for Ecuador's Twitter page.

In the days since, travellers who have dived at or visited the site have shared their photos of the "before" structure, with one user Raiana McKinney (@MobulaRae) sharing a 2018 photo, her caption echoing that of many others: "The collapse was inevitable but I didn’t think it would happen during my lifetime."

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