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The Abandoned Hotel del Salto in Tequendama Falls, Colombia

The luxurious Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area, in Colombia.

The once well travelled road past the falls and the hotel

It is easy to see why people once flocked here, the landscape is truly beautiful. The position of the hotel to enjoy the vista is second to none. Situated opposite the waterfall and on the edge of the cliff, it provided breathtaking views to its once many guests.

So where did it all go wrong? Unfortunately, due to non existent regulations of Colombian authorities, the Bogota river was allowed to become contaminated by industrial waste.

The reputation of the area as a tourist destination was badly damaged as a result, and tourists quickly stopped visiting.

The hotel finally closed down in the early 90’s and was left abandoned ever since. Local rumour has it that the place is haunted, the fact that many people have chosen the to commit suicide by jumping from the ravine, only adding to its mysterious ambiance.

The hotel is currently (2015) being renovated by he Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia and the Ecological Farm Foundation of Porvenir, the plan is to turn it into a museum and create an exhibition on subterranean ecosystems to raise awareness.

 

In 2012 the Bogotá River had the dubious honour of celebrating the peak of historic levels of pollution and is on track to seriously threaten the water supply of the Colombian capital of Bogotá. The pollution is mainly due to uncontrolled discharges of waste water from industrial areas along the river.

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The haunting yet beautiful image of a once popular grand hotel

 

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The luxurious Hotel del Salto opened in 1928
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The hotel has wonderful views opposite the falls

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The building has been abandoned for almost 25 years

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The Bogotá river was contaminated by industry and tourists gradually lost their interest in the area.
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The entrance to the abandoned hotel
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Pollution in the Bogota river ensured the tourists stayed away
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The once well travelled road past the falls and the hotel

 

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Renaissance style ‘Old World’ architecture in decay

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