About 30 km southwest of Bogota, the capital of Colombia, This mansion known as La Casa Del Salto Del Tequendama was build between 1923 -1927 by architect Carlos Arturo Tapias.
President of Colombia Pedro Nel Ospina Vázquez (1922-1926) gave the order to build this mansion. The construction itself was a real wonder since at that time there was not even a road and all the materials arrived on the back of a mule. In 1914 the Thomson-Urrutia Treaty was signed between Colombia and the United States for the separation of Panama from Colombia. One of those things that were in the Treaty was a payment of 25 million dollars to the government of Colombia. With that money a lot of construction projects started, one of those projects was to build a 500 km railroad. The mansions first use was a terminal station of the southern railroad. The mansion got sold and coverted into an hotel.
The Luxurious Hotel del Salto opened its doors on March 3, 1928. Located just in front of the waterfall and at the edge of the cliff, it provides an impressive view to its guests . Its exterior has a French style architecture. The former hotel had 15 rooms but only 5 were really used. In July 1950, the building was to be reconstructed into an eighteen floor hotel, but that construction never began.
Several owners had occupied the building including the National Tourism Corporation, which did not have it for a long time. In 1979, Bogotá lawyer and welfare pioneer Roberto Arias Perez bought it to become a restaurant, which was opened until 1986, but personal reasons made him leave the country, and with that the abandonment began.
Years past by and it was only in 2012 that Ecological Farm Foundation El Porvenir put great steps to get rid of the decay of the old architectural work of 1923 and to reconverted it into an museum. The Casa Museo Salto del Tequendama, Biodiversity y Cultura hopes to become a reality in a few years. Update: In 2016 the renovation is close to an end and the museum is already open. The outside of the building is now painted white.
The waterfall behind the former hotel was a popular place for committing suicide. A lot of people see this house as a scary place because a lot of reports were made about ghosts. This believes became later even stronger as the hotel was used for a few horror movies. The name Tequendama means in the Chibcha language of the Muisca people “he who precipitated downward”.