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Haunted: Costa Rica’s Abandoned Sanatorium

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Haunted: Costa Rica’s Abandoned Sanatorium

Most people envision Costa Rica as a paradise of white-sand beaches, lush jungles, and perfect surf. However, every country has its dark secrets. An hour’s journey outside San Jose is the ramshackle remains of Costa Rica’s most haunted location: the Duran Sanatorium.

 

The Sanatorium was founded in 1918 by Carlos Durán Cartín, a physician who would later become the president of Costa Rica. Built to house the country’s tuberculosis patients, the sanatorium sits high in the Costa Rican mountains. Not far from the country’s moodiest volcano, Mount Izaru. 

 

By the 1950s, the sanatorium began to give itself back to the surrounding foliage. It was finally abandoned in 1963. However, I should mention that the grounds have also served as an orphanage and a state prison.

 

54 years after the sanatorium closed its doors, we entered its hollowed halls…..

 

The children’s ward, surrounded by red handprints. Yikes.
The only other living soul- the “ghost” dog. She accompanied us back to the bus stop!

 

 

How to get to Duran Sanatorium

 

Step 1: San Jose to Cartago

-Take an Uber (or taxi) to the Lumaca bus stop. From there, buses depart every 30 minutes to Cartago. It’s 580 Costa Rican Colones per person (less than $1 USD).

Step 2: Cartago to Duran Sanatorium

-Take the bus to its final stop and ask for the bus to the Sanatorium. We got off too early, but took an Uber from downtown Cartago to the Sanatorium for 6400 Colones (13 USD)

 

The Sanatorium Back to San Jose

 

Step 1: Sanatorium to Cartago

-Walk to the bus stop at the corner of the ruins (just off the main road). We were told the bus came hourly at quarter after, supestamente, but we waited over an hour for a bus which arrived at 1:40pm. It cost 600 Colones per person ($1 USD).

 

Step 2: Cartago to San Jose

-We got off the bus around the main square in Cartago and stopped at a soda to get a bite to eat. From there, we walked to Cartago’s technical college to catch the bus back to San Jose. (Download maps.me and search for “San Jose bus”) The price was 600 colones per person ($1 USD). The bus, conveniently, let us off right near our hostel.

 

Whats the creepiest locations you’ve visited???

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