If you love vintage things and their stories, this one will make you wanna fly to Colombia ASAP! I love all these places that have a unique story to tell and this old hotel has a great history; luxury, legendary parties, famous guests but also abandonment after paranormal activity and suffocating geographical forces drove everyone away!
If you find yourself anywhere near Bogota Colombia, trek 20 miles southwest outside the city to the Tequendama Falls Museum of Biodiversity, also known as the historic Hotel Del Salto. One of Bogota’s most popular attractions, its legendary story tells how the once grand hotel clashed with nature in all its full and brutal majesty.
As one of the most popular spots for visitors to Bogota, the hotel was first built in 1923 as a residential mansion for well-to-do architect Carlos Arturo Tapias. By 1928, an addition had been built and it was formally opened as the elegant Hotel Del Salto to much fanfare with hopes of capitalizing on tourism to Tequendama Falls. This venture was a successful one, as the hotel would be in operation for the next 60 years.
In the 1950’s, plans were laid to rebuild the structure into an 18-floor hotel, but this goal was never realized and the Hotel Del Salto continued on until the original structure became too damaged from the ever increasingly polluted Bogota River to operate, closing its doors in the early part of the 1990’s. The Hotel Del Salto sat vacant and rotting for the better part of twenty years, during which it was reported by tabloid media to have been haunted.
Tragically, it also was the scene of several suicides. Local legend has it that the indigenous Muisca Indians used to jump from Tequendama Falls to avoid capture by Spanish conquerors, where upon falling they would transform into an eagle and fly to safety. This mythical story attracted the broken-hearted who would leap from the hotel’s cliffs overlooking the falls.
Inside, the scenes of abandonment were not much better as furniture was left to mildew and the surrounding foliage began to claim the foundation as its own. For most, it was thought the once-elegant hotel was too far gone to be saved, much less be returned to its former 1920’s splendor.
Recently the Tequendama Falls Hotel (Hotel Salto del Tequendama) has being converted into the Tequendama Falls Museum of Biodiversity and Culture (Casa Museo Salto de Tequendama Biodiversidad y Cultura) with expositions on subterranean ecosystems...still a great attraction for tourists!
No matter how beautiful this place may be, there's still no denying that it's burdened by the lingering effects of rank air and human suffering.
Visitors today are urged to be mindful of their surroundings, and to avoid walking down dark passageways at night.
I would love though to spend the afternoon walking through every room...and let my imagination to travel back in time when it had its great moments!
Source: Creepy Basement
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