Does anybody share my fascination for abandoned places? I’ve dreamt of seeing el Hotel del Salto del Tequendama for a long time.
Abandoned for more than 50 years, many people believe it’s haunted and it has become a cult place. However, it is now being renovated and is expected to open as a museum sometime in 2016.
Why do some people believe it’s haunted? The waterfall El Salto del Tequendama with its 160 meters of free fall has ever since colonisation been a suicide site, for the indigenous Musicas 500 years ago who preferred it to being slaves of the Spaniards, to desperate souls from Bogotá in early 2016.
You are strongly discouraged from walking as close to the edge as he does.
Once hosting the 1920s and 1930s elite from Bogotá, full of glamour, fashion, emeralds, long cigarette holders and red carpet covered floors, it has been left to deteriorate for 50 years. When the Colombian railway was abandoned in favour of powerful gasoline lobbyists and as the Bogotá river got more and more polluted and left the area covered in a constant odour of sewage, the building was completely abandoned by the 1970s.
I wanted to go inside.
The problem was just that it looked like this. There are guided visits on weekends during the restoration, but we arrived too late.
Luckily, I was able to talk us in. Remember that a “no” in Colombia, often is just a way of expressing “Yes, but you have to persuade me”.
We were told not to take photos inside, so these pictures were literally shot from the hip. (I only respect photo-prohibition if there is a written sign.)
I admit that it was a bit boring that they had put this imagination-limiting exhibition in the middle of everything. It made it more difficult to imagine the 1920s parties. But at least we did get inside.
What the majestic waterfall El Salto del Tequendama looked like before a dam was built upstream.
A happy Latinamerikaliv who finally got to see the abandoned Hotel del Salto del Tequendama.
We arrived by car, but it’s also possible to take the Tequendama bus from Soacha. If you visit Chicaque Parque Natural, it’s perfect to combine with Salto del Tequendama. The guided visit normally costs 4000 pesos. Admiring the waterfall is free. Don’t walk too close to the edge!