Haunted Places in Central America

This is the perfect season to start searching for unique and spooky destinations to visit. Halloween is around the corner however if you are traveling to Central America you might want to celebrate the day of the dead instead. But no matter what you celebrate, when in the region, you are surely going to find some haunted laces to visit. 

After living in Central America for over a decade I have learned a lot about the local culture and folklore as well as their main ghost stories. I have also had the chance to hear all sorts of stories related to places that you can visit.  

So if you are looking for something different and want to go ghost hunting in the Central American countries you might want to keep scrolling down. I created a list of some of the most famous haunted places that you will find in each of the Central American countries.

  • 01 of 07

    La Union Park - Antigua Guatemala

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    This is a tiny park located only a couple of blocks away from the Central Park. You will recognize it because it is lined with huge palm trees and has a large water tank on one end. Ever since it was built people living around it have been telling stories about a ghost that visits the tank often.

    It is said that on nights where there is full moon, only a couple of hours before the sun comes out, you can listen to weird noises coming from the tank. If you are brave enough to look out the widow you might even be able to see a silhouette of a woman with an amazing body taking a bath.

    This is la Siguanaba a spirit that is after the soul of unfaithful men. Whenever a man approaches trying to seduce her she slowly starts walking away, men hypnotized by her start following her until they reach the outside of the city. That’s when she turns around shows her horrendous horse face and takes the guy’s soul. 

    There is only one way to survive her attack. You have to bite a silver cross and start praying for help. She will immediately freak out and disappear.  

    So don't walk alone near the park at 3am. I bet you don't want to be hypnotized by her. 

  • 02 of 07

    This is one of the many ancient Mayan archaeological sites that are hidden in the forests of Belize. It is a good option for a fun and educational day trip. You will find it about 128kms (80 miles) west of Belize City. The archaeological park is extremely easy to get to and one of the prettiest sites of its kind in the country. It is worth the visit even if you are not a paranormal enthusiast.

    Aside from its obvious beauties, it is also said that the place is haunted by the spirit of a woman. A lot of people have said to witness the apparition of a woman dressed in black walking in front of the castle. She later ascends the stairs and disappears at the top among the walls.

    There are some who also mentioned that her eyes have a bright red color. However she has never hurt anyone, it is just an ancient spirit that never left. But I think it might still be quite scary to run into such a figure.

    No one knows who she is or why she is trapped in such a place. Xunantunich was a ceremonial site so some think that the might have been some sort of human sacrifice for the gods.

  • 03 of 07

    Canyon Sayulapa - El Salvador

    Locals say that this canyon is the place of origin of La Llorona legend that is spread all over Central America.

    She was a beautiful woman who had two kids. But she fell in love with a rich, local rancher. She wanted to marry him but he wasn't going to do that with a mother of two, her kids were definitely an obstacle between her and the rancher so she decided to take them down to the river and drowned them. The rancher never married her and she forever regretted killing her boys.

    Plus, she was since condemned to walk the world searching for her dead boys for eternity. Since then tons of people all over the region have said to hear some terrible screams of a woman calling for her kids. 

    So be careful if you are out at night and hear her “ay mis hijos” lamentations. You will surely feel paralyzed from fear.

    She usually takes the street that goes from the main entrance to the city or town to the local cemetery. If you see her directly to the eyes she will take your soul. So if you hear her and think she might be near be sure not to turn your back on her, if you do she will instantly jump in front of you.

    People that live around the canyon say that if you go down to the base of the canyon and call for her she will appear.  

  • 04 of 07

    San Fernando de Omoa Fort - Honduras

    The massive San Fernando de Omoa fort was built in 1777, during the colonial days of Central America. Back then the whole territory was one large country.

    The fort is located in front of the Caribbean Sea, its purpose was to protect the coast and shipments of silver bound from the mines of Tegucigalpa to Spain from the constant attacks of British pirates. It was fully armed and the army members living in it were always ready to repel an attack.

    For years it was the protagonist of brutal battles with pirates that wanted to take the silver and managed to keep the port safe.

    People living in its surroundings tell stories about how they constantly hear crazy noises coming from the fort. It is almost as if one of those battles was taking place. Some her cannons, some other hear men shouting orders and running around and some other scream for help.

    For years, a few brave ones have ventured to the fort as those noises are being heard but one they enter it, there is nothing but the view to the sea and the dark night sky.  

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  • 05 of 07

    Finca Sanatorio Duran - Costa Rica

    Finca Sanatorio Duran is located 18 kilometers southwest of the Irazu Volcano National Park. It opened in 1918 to housed thousands of tuberculosis patients as well as mentally ill patients. Before it opened there were no places to treat the disease in Costa Rica.​ 

    After a few decades it became unnecessary due to all of the advances in medicine. With time less and less people were getting the disease in the country. 

    Some brave ones have visited the place to see the rooms where patients slept and the special areas for kids. Some of them have reported to have seen ghosts and listening to strange noises. Some have even been documented. 

  • 06 of 07

    The Lady of the Mass Graves, Granada - Nicaragua

    Granada had a horrible time during the civil war. Horrendous things happened in it. One of them happened in 1979, when the Sandinista revolution was in progress, thousands of National Guardsmen were herded into the country near Porto Assese and murdered.

    All of their bodies weren’t taken care of in the right way, they were simply thrown all together into a whole in the ground. Back then it was simply covered with dirt and left there. Lately a monument was built in the site it is called Panama.

    This was also the killing ground for Somoza supporters. They didn’t really care if they were kids or women. So you can imagine the amount of souls that might have stayed there.

    A lot of locals have reported seeing an old lady sitting on the monument asking anyone who passes by to take her to the local cemetery. Those who don’t know about her and actually give her a ride say that she gets down from the car and slowly fade as she enters the cemetery. 

    So be aware if you walk at night in the area.

  • 07 of 07

    Isla Coiba - Panama

    This is a large island on the Pacific Ocean and located quite far from mainland and at some point it was considered as the Panama Version of Alcatraz. The place is surrounded by sharks and strong currents. To make it a bit worse it is mountainous and covered by a thick jungle. Can you imagine being sent to such a place?

    It opened in 1919 and received all of the worse criminals and political prisoners that opposed military regimens. It had the capacity to hold 3 thousand people that were forced to work on the small farms to provide 100% of the food they consumed.

    Torture was also a common thing. Those who attempted escaping were killed by prison guards, the animals of the jungle, the sharks or taken away by the currents. Some other spent their days killing each other as the guards did nothing.

    It finally closed in 2004. The buildings have already been reclaimed by the jungle. The few brave ones who have ventured to visit the island said to have heard footsteps, noises, whispers, screaming and even banging on bars.  

    Would you dare to visit this old prison? 

What do you think about these haunted places in Central America? I know that there are many more out there but these are some of my favorite stories of haunted places in the region. Have you been to any of these places? If so, were you aware that they are haunted?