Hotel Del Salto, Colombia: The Haunted Hotel

24 Mar

the haunted hotel del salto

 Tequendama Falls (or Salto del Tequendama) is a major tourist attraction about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. The thousands of tourists who visit the area to admire the 157 metre (515 feet) tall waterfall and the surrounding nature, make a stop at another nearby landmark as well, the abandoned Hotel del Salto.

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.

the haunted hotel in ColombiaAccording 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 abandoned hotel in colombia

In 1924, the then-luxurious Hotel (Refugio d)el Salto opened on the cliff facing the waterfall to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area.

The hotel closed down in the early 90s, thought to be linked to contaminated river water.

abandoned ghost hotel in Colombia

There has been talk of reopening it and restoring it to its former glory  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.

the haunted hotel del salto in Colombia the haunted hotel Del Salto exterior Hotel Del Salto the haunted hotel Hotel del salto in ColombiaThe hotel has now been turned into a museum

Beautiful and majestic, would love to see it someday!!

via: nitronewseyesoncolombia, desertedplaces

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10 Responses to “Hotel Del Salto, Colombia: The Haunted Hotel”

  1. jalal michael sabbagh. April 23, 2013 at 20:31 #

    Fabulous post.The pictures are wonderful.Thank you for sharing.Thank you for the like on my post ( Don’t rush..) l appreciate your support.Warm wishes.jalal ,


  2. Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 00:14 #

    I would stay here if it reopened. Looks really cool


  3. samuel June 7, 2013 at 02:12 #

    que buenas fotos


  4. Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 20:35 #



  5. David July 29, 2013 at 05:14 #

    Please let me know when it ever repos…I want to be there…


  6. Beachbums1 October 10, 2013 at 23:29 #

    Beautiful photos. Not sure if I’d be brave enough to stay at the hotel if it reopened, but I’d love to visit it.


  7. Judi Purcell January 31, 2014 at 03:37 #

    Check out frames, 53-55 on the video.


  8. Dominique March 4, 2014 at 00:53 #

    Bellas imágenes y un buen artículo. Y el aspecto del blog es agradable.


  9. Eduard May 6, 2014 at 16:22 #

    For spanish speaking travelers:


  10. Anonymous June 23, 2014 at 04:46 #

    I would really like to stay there it’s beautiful


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