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14 Photos Of The Most Haunted Spots In Latin America Not Even The Bravest Would Explore

11 de mayo de 2018

Ariel Rodriguez

If a local resident told you the story behind one of these scary places, would you still go?

Growing up in Latin America, you hear a lot of scary stories about evil creatures that haunt the most terrifying places. These include the Cucuy, a monster that lives in closets and scares children who refuse to go to sleep; La Llorona, a crying woman whose evil spirit wanders by the rivers at night; and La Ciguapa, a witch who lures men into the woods of the Dominican Republic. Overall, people know better than to get close to any of these locations, where one of these mythical spirits might suddenly appear. One in particular, Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, has frightened me ever since I was a kid because legend has it that the ghost of Empress Carlota still awaits for her husband, Emperor Maximiliano I, to return. Just like this castle, many other places in Latin America hide secrets and stories that scare even the bravest people out there. If you need some proof of how spooky Latin America can get, the following photographs will show you how Halloween haunted houses are playgrounds compared to these places.


Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico


Colombia: Hospital San Juan de Dios

It’s been almost two decades since this hospital in Bogotá was shut down. Although there are still people living in there, most of them are former employees who were never paid. They tell stories about the ghosts of patients who once died there and spirits of nuns that cry at night. What's even crazier is that a new legislation has ordered the hospital to be reopened, but the haunting images of the place still drive local residents away from it.


Bogotá, Colombia


Bogotá, Colombia


Costa Rica: Sanatorio Durán

Located in a rural area away from the city of Cartago, and founded in 1918, this once-functioning sanatorium treated patients who suffered from tuberculosis. Recently, many paranormal incidents have taken place here: the ghosts of children have been spotted and odd, disturbing sounds can be heard at night. Good luck attempting to visit this isolated place at night, when the freezing cold will make your teeth chatter.    


Cartago, Costa Rica


Cartago, Costa Rica


Argentina: Casa de Haedo

One of the oldest constructions in the city of Gualeguaychu, the Casa de Haedo was built in the early 1800s. The house served as a shelter for many people throughout history, but it was turned into a museum in 1987. Rumor has it that a woman called Isabel Frutos took her own life inside the house and her spirit still wanders around the old structure. The place is open to the public, and the latest you can visit is 8 pm.


Gualeguaychu, Argentina


Gualeguaychu, Argentina


Mexico: Palacio Lecumberri

If there is anything more frightening than an abandoned hospital, it's an abandoned prison. This former correctional institution, which started housing inmates in 1900, put overcrowded prisoners of all genders and ages together. It is said that a serial killer called Francisco Guerrero Pérez died here, and his soul is still unable to move on. The palace was also known as “The Black Palace,” and in 1976, the government decided to turn it into a national archive. Still, the many halls of this deteriorated castle make it one of the scariest places to visit in Mexico City.


Mexico City, Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico


Colombia: El Salto Hotel

El Salto was a functional hotel from 1924 to 1990 located near the waterfalls of Tequendama. Since it is at the top of a hill, legend says that many people would book a night at the hotel and then throw themselves off the cliff to put an end to their lives. The truth is, no one wants to stay there anymore because everyone is afraid of the haunting stories behind the creepy place. It reminds me of those vampire castles from the movies you'd never want to set foot on.


Tequendama, Colombia


Tequendama, Colombia


Tequendama, Colombia


Ecuador: La Casa del Gringo Loco

Located in Sangolqui, this old house with tunnels hides a tragic and sinister story. It originally belonged to a French man who the local residents called “El Gringo Loco.” After his death, the place became a popular spot for rituals and ouija board readings. One incident talks about a group of people who broke into the house and confronted the ghost of the “Gringo Loco.” They wrote their names upside down, and a week later, four of them died in a mysterious car accident. The place is currently closed to the public, but many people still manage to sneak in.


Sangolqui, Ecuador


Sangolqui, Ecuador


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Whether it’s an abandoned house, palace, hospital, prison, or hotel, many places in Latin America are feared by local residents who warn visitors about the urban legends behind such places. As a matter of fact, the popularity of these locations has driven shows like Ghost Hunters to investigate these haunted spots, like Costa Rica's Sanatorio Durán. If you are too scared to even come close to these areas, at least the pictures shown above will serve you as a reminder of the terrifying stories surrounding these haunted places in Latin America.


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Ariel Rodriguez


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