Tequendama Falls

2005Soacha, Cundinamarca, Colombia

When I was younger, my parents were sharing stories with my brother and I about amazing places in Colombia where they wanted to take us. One of these was the "Salto del Tequendama", or Tequendama Falls. The Bogotá river feeds this beautiful 433ft high waterfall, and it has become a very famous tourist attraction. However, this river is currently considered to be one of the most polluted in the world. Because of this, the beautiful and abundant flora and fauna that surrounded the site suffered the impact and have been lost since the middle of the 20th century. There was a hotel that allowed people to stay and contemplate the amazing falls, but thanks to the pollution, it stopped getting visitors and was abandoned for a very long period of time. Today, said hotel has become a museum. My parents will never be able to relive their memory of staying in the hotel and looking at this wonderful paradise, because of the pollution.