Haunted Places in Central America

El Castillo at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize

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You don't have to wait until Halloween or the Day of the Dead to search for unique and spooky destinations to visit. If you're traveling to Central America, you can find some haunted places. Use this list of famous haunted spots when ghost hunting in Central American countries.

  • 01 of 07

    La Union Park: Guatemala

    La Union water tank in Antigua, Guatemala, Central America
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    This is a tiny park located only a couple of blocks away from 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 a 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 window, you might even be able to see a silhouette of a woman with an amazing body taking a bath.

    This is La Siguanaba, which is 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.

  • 02 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 say "ay mis hijos." 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, she might 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.

  • 03 of 07
    Xunantunich Ancient Mayan archaeological site, Belize
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    Xunantunich is one of the many ancient Mayan archaeological sites that are hidden in the forests of Belize. It is a quality choice for a fun and educational day trip. You will find it about 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. Many 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.

    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.

  • 04 of 07

    Finca Sanatorio Duran: Costa Rica

    Finca Sanatorio Duran is located 11 miles southwest of the Irazú Volcano National Park. It opened in 1918 and housed thousands of tuberculosis patients as well as mentally ill patients. Before it opened, there were no places to treat these diseases in Costa Rica.

    After a few decades, the site became unnecessary due to all of the advances in medicine. Over time, fewer 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 have reported seeing ghosts and hearing strange noises.

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  • 05 of 07

    San Fernando de Omoa: Honduras

    Interior of San Fernando de Omoa, 18th century fort at Omoa, Honduras.
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    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 silver shipments 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 who 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 still taking place. Some hear cannons, others hear men shouting orders and running around, and some hear screams for help.

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

  • 06 of 07

    The Lady of the Mass Graves: Nicaragua

    Granada had a horrible time during the civil war as horrendous things happened there. One of them happened in 1979 when the Sandinista revolution was in progress and thousands of National Guardsmen were herded into the country near Puerto Asese and murdered.

    All of their bodies weren’t taken care of in the correct way. They were simply thrown all together into a hole in the ground. Back then, bodies were covered with dirt and left there.

    This was also the killing ground for Somoza supporters, whether they were men, women, or children. You can imagine the number 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 out of the car and slowly fade as she enters the cemetery.

  • 07 of 07

    Isla Coiba: Panama

    The remains of the prison on Coiba island, also known as Parque National Coiba.
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    Isla Coiba is a large island on the Pacific Ocean. It's located far from the ​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.

    It opened in 1919 and received the criminals and political prisoners that opposed military regimens. It had the capacity to hold 3,000 people that were forced to work on the small farms to provide all of the food they consumed.

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

    It finally closed in 2004, and the jungle has already reclaimed the buildings. The few brave ones who have visited the island have said they heard footsteps, noises, whispers, screaming, and even banging on bars.

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