The Tequendama Falls (Spanish: Salto del Tequendama) is a 132 metres (433 ft) high waterfall of the Bogotá River, located 32 kilometres (20 mi) southwest of Bogotá in the municipality of Soacha. Established in approximately 10,000 BCE, El Abra and Tequendama were the first permanent settlements in Colombia. One of the country’s tourist attractions, the falls are located in a forested area 32 kilometres (20 mi) west of Bogotá. The river surges through a rocky gorge that narrows to about 18 metres (59 ft) at the brink of the 132 metres (433 ft) high falls. During the month of December the falls become completely dry. The falls, once a common site for suicides, may be reached by road from Bogotá.
The Tequendama has its mythical origins with the Muisca peoples who inhabited the valleys and highlands of what we know today as Boyacá and Cundinamarca. Their god Chibchachum, in a fit of rage (which seems characteristic to many gods), flooded the Bogotá savannah in an attempt to destroy the human race.
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|Total Height||455 feet||139 meters|
|Tallest Drop||455 feet||139 meters|
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|Avg. Width||75 feet||23 meters|
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