The former Hotel Del Salto (also known as The Mansion of Tequendama Falls, Tequendama Falls Hotel, La Casa del Salto del Tequendama and now the Tequendama Falls Museum of Biodiversity and Culture) is on 40 – El Colegio, in the city of Soacha, the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia.
Nestled on the cliff side of the Bogota River and overlooking the Teuendama Falls this fantasy home began in 1923. Constructed as an emblem of the 1920’s elite citizens wealth of elegance, it was dubbed ‘The Mansion of Tequendama Falls’. The building displays divine French architecture, high windows, at least 4 floors and no waste of ‘why couldn’t this be my house?’ questions all set to a glorious back drop.
During the 1950’s, an idea to create the mansion into an 18 story hotel emerged but additional floors were never added. The Tequendama Falls Hotel still occurred and flourished from tourist until the mid 1990’s. Unfortunately for those who never got to stay here the hotel closed due to the Bogota River becoming contaminated.
In 2012, the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia began renovations to convert the hotel into a museum. For the longest time the Hotel Del Salto sat in a sort of lovely dirty pink color but it has now been painted white for the museum (it looked better in pink). As of 2014, the former abandoned Hotel Del Salto is now a thriving museum overlooking the Tequendama Falls.
Where is the abandoned Hotel Del Salto turned museum located? You can find it with these coordinates. 4.576206,-74.296798.
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