Tequendama Falls

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This article is about a waterfall. For the province, see Tequendama Province. For the town, see San Antonio del Tequendama. For the museum, see Tequendama Falls Museum. For the skyscraper, see Seguros Tequendama Tower.
Not to be confused with Tequendamita Falls.

The Tequendama Falls (Spanish: Salto del Tequendama) is a 132m high waterfall on the Bogotá River, located about 30 km southwest of Bogotá in the municipality of San Antonio del Tequendama. Established in ~10000 BCE, El Abra and Tequendama were the first permanent settlements in Colombia.[citation needed] One of the country’s major tourist attractions, the falls are located in a forested area 20 miles (32 km) west of Bogotá. The river surges through a rocky gorge that narrows to about 60 feet (18 m) at the brink of the 515-foot- (157-metre-) high falls. During the month of December the falls become completely dry. The falls, once a common site for suicides,[citation needed] may be reached by road from Bogotá.

The Legend[edit]

According 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.

Recovery of the Falls and its Surroundings[edit]

The river that feeds the falls is currently considered to be one of the dirtiest in the world.[citation needed][by whom?]

“The Tequendama Falls has the dubious honour of being the largest wastewater falls in the world…Liquid wastes from the city are flushed untreated into the Bogotá River at the lower edge of the sabana, a few kilometres upstream of the Tequendama Falls. Downstream from Bogotá, the river is filled with sewage…” (The International Development Research Center, Canada, http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-29703-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html)

A historic hotel building, now a museum that overlooks the waterfall is under going restoration aided by the French Government. [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/cundinamarca/casona-del-tequendama-recibe-apoyo-de-francia-_12543456-4

Coordinates: 4°35′10″N 74°18′00″W / 4.586°N 74.3°W / 4.586; -74.3