This abandoned building located in Colombia by the famous waterfall Tequendama of Río Bogotá (Lit. Bogotá River), -location known as Salto del Tequendama-, was built in 1928 as a hotel by the name of Hotel del Salto (Lit. Hotel of [the] Fall[s]). Though once a very hospitable and lively place, the hotel was closed down as a result of the nearby rivers pollution.
The purpose for its construction was to house wealthy travelers who came by to linger around the Tequendama Falls area, but as the river became further polluted, people lost interest in visiting the area at all, thus, enforcing that the hotel close around the early 90’s.
Today, the hotel still stands, and, although owned (the owner lives elsewhere), is visited by either curious tourists, or those who wish to commit suicide.
Due to the fact that it’s on a cliff edge and by the falls, it’s not entirely surprising that there have been early accounts of many suicidal occurrences, dating back to the times in which the Hotel was still running. As a remote place with such a high drop, those intending on ending their life, whether by means of cliff or on the abandoned property, it ensured, and still does as of today, to ride out their decision. This being the case, people believe it to be haunted.
These incidents, occurring even today, inspired the making of the nailed slab resting on a large rock located on the river cliffs edge. It reads [in Spanish]: “Your problems have solutions. The Lord Jesus Christ says upon you: ‘I am the path, the truth, and life.’ - Ju 14:6”, above it is another slab with a name and the years May 13, 1977 - April 24, 2007.
Hotel del Salto has not been facing threats of being taken down, and although withering away, stands tall and architecturally beautiful.