One of the country’s major tourist attractions, the Tequendama Falls (or Salto del Tequendama) is a 515-feet high waterfall on the Bogotá River, located about 18 miles southwest of Bogotá in the municipality of San Antonio del Tequendama. Circa 10000 BC, El Abra and Tequendama were found to be the first permanent settlements in Colombia. The river surges through a rocky gorge that narrows to about 60 feet at the brink of the falls. During the month of December the falls become completely dry. The falls may be reached by road from Bogotá via car or bus.
According to Muisca legend, the waterfall was created by Bochica, who used his staff to break the rock and release the water that covered the Bogotá Savannah. According to another legend, during the Spanish conquest in South America, in order to escape slavery the indigenous people of the area would jump off the Salto Del Tequendama and become eagles to fly to their freedom.
The Haunted Hotel
In 1924, the then-luxurious Hotel (Refugio d)el Salto was inaugurated on the cliff facing the waterfall but due to contamination of the river water, believed to be a result of the popular locale, it was closed in the early 90’s. There has been talk of reopening it and restoring it to its former glory (but as a museum or even a police station) which might help rid the place of its apparent ghosts. They are said to haunt the hotel and according to the caretaker, are believed to be from the old days when bar fights on the second story would end up on its balcony, sometimes resulting in a drunk patron losing more than the fight.
On the other hand, there are stories of those who checked out (of life) by jumping off the cliff. That’s right, despite its beauty or perhaps because of it, the falls is a place where people have been known to say their goodbyes. When one would find a letter or some sort of personal item without an owner, it was thought to have been left behind.
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Whose property is the hotel today? Is it, or is it not on Sale?
I don’t know who owns it or if they have remodeled it. Sorry.
El hotel aun se encuentra abandonado, con planes de remodelacion por la alcaldia actual de Bogota.
Alcaldía de Soacha mas bien.
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turning into something else isn’t going to chase the ghosts away…lol..sorry ’bout that but they are there for a reason and no amount of remodeling is going to make them leave…dunno who thought up that idea…
if ghost or evil , negative power is true , then god is aslo true .They should keep some god statues in the hotel . they should fix some electric bulbs or……….in the outside area of hotel…
I spent about two years, around 10 years ago dreaming of this building every night. I finally found it. maybe I lived here in a past life.
That’s really cool!!! I’d bet ya did. You should do some research into the folks who fell/ jumped there. I’d be interested to see if you felt like you identified with one of them.
i’ve had similar dreams, a lot of the place in my dreams looks very similar, if not exactly, like this. its location explains some things, too. i’m interested in what your dreams were, if you care to share contact me via the link provided? hope you find your answers, as i hope i can find mine; good luck.
Maybe you did that be cool
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It’s really nice information about this haunted hotel. Thanks for sharing.
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one of the top tourist destinations,It sure does need to be restored…ghost or no ghost.A total waste of beauty.Was a movie ever made in this place, around the 40’s ?
Is it public or private property? ¿Es la propiedad privada o pública?
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look at the upper right side of window, i notice a figure of a little girl looking outside the window.
you can see it on photo #9 out of 14 photos
There’s definietly something in that window, can’t tell if it’s a girl (though it looks like one) or if it’s a trick of the light.
Great website though with some amazing pictures
What you’re seeing is nothing mystical. What you’re seeing is one of the tops of the windows on the other side of the wall.
If you notice, there are three windows on each of the walls. You can tell it’s just the top of a window because of the half-circle shape, and the green that you can see. The green is the tree that’s on the other side of the room of which you’re talking about.
Take a closer look at that photo again.
Just had a look at the photo mentioned and it’s actually part of the window on the right hand side wall and what can be seen is the leaves on the trees on that side of the building.
yes i did notice the little girl dressed in black !1 this is freaky !
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I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN THE HOTEL
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… I want to buy it, but can’t find anywhere that I can obtain information… anyone? Anyone?? Thanks in advance 🙂
I would happily purchase it ghosts and all ! Absolutely love it !