Tequendama Falls manor house reopens with an exhibition
Bogotá D. C., Aug. 23 de 2012 - Agencia de Noticias UN- After being closed for more than twenty years, the manor house adjacent to the falls, traditionally known as the Hotel del Salto, will reopen to the public next August 23rd with an exhibition called “Caverns”.
The Granja Ecológica el Porvenir foundation a not-for-profit organization, has been working for more than fifteen years in recovering the environmental, cultural and historic heritage of the Tequendama Falls region and promotes the initiative through the UN Natural Sciences Institute (ICN, for its Spanish acronym).
The Tequendama Falls, situated at five kilometers from Bogotá, is one of the most important environmental legacies of the region and the country. It was once a sacred place for the Muisca Indians and a must for visitors of the capital city during the twenties, besides being an ecological hope for the twenty-first century.
“The local government has determined to boost the recovery of the Bogotá River and this is a process to which the UN and ICN have been collaborating for close to four years. Thanks to them, there are inventories of fauna and flora which show that the river is livelier than ever”, says María Victoria Blanco, Executive Director of the Foundation.
For the past 13 years, the Foundation has been determined to recover the natural areas which surround the falls and restore the manor house, which was built in 1923, inaugurated in 1927 and symbol of the Tequendama Falls.
The “Caverns” exhibition, a museografic project of the UN Museum and Cultural Heritage Directorate, will open at the former main hall of the El Refugio del Salto hotel, known today as the Tequendama Falls Biodiversity and Cultural Museum-House.
The place is being refurbished as a great Biodiversity Hall, so visitors can have an ample knowledge of the species of the region, which inspired historians ad botanists alike.
“Caverns, ecosystems of the underground world”, will show visitors the varied underground ecosystems which have been explored in Colombia due to their geological variety. It will also showcase, by means of photographs and specimen collections, fauna, karstic systems and rock formations of underground systems.
In this manner and after many years, the Casona relives and opens its doors to visitors of all kinds, seeking to create awareness over the importance of a sustainable production, the preservation of fog forests and definitely on the recovery of the Tequendama Falls as an environmental legacy of our country.
Place: Casa Museo del Salto de Tequendama, km 5,7 vía Mesitas, Vereda San Francisco, Soacha (Cundinamarca). Hour: 8:30 a.m.
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