The 5 Spookiest Latin American Ghost Towns

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Remember that Brady Bunch episode where the family takes a trip to the abandoned ghost town in the Wild West? Only, they end up getting locked in an old prison after mistakenly assuming they were alone? Well, those abandoned towns with their eerie spookiness are not only real, but many are also scattered throughout Latin America. 

Abandoned and all but forgotten, here are the spookiest ghost towns that continue haunting Latin America. Boo!!

1. La Noria, Chile

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In the 1800s, La Noria, located in Chile’s northern desert, was a booming mining town fueled by slave labor. With the Great Depression, however, La Noria’s business came to a screeching halt. By the 1960s, the town was completely abandoned…all but the tortured spirits of former slaves trapped in the town’s creepy graveyard. 

It is said today that the ghosts rise up from the cemetery and roam the streets as if they never left. If you do visit the grave site, you’ll find that many corpses have been dug up and that caskets have been opened and tampered with. That probably doesn’t make the ghosts any less furious. 

2. Fordlandia, Brazil

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In 1929, Henry Ford was leading the automotive industry with full force. To cut down on costs and increase efficiency, he decided to develop the rubber for his vehicles right from the source: the Brazilian jungle. He bought 15,000 square kilometers of the rainforest and proceeded to impose an American utopia complete with schools, libraries, and cookie-cutter housing right on it. Only thing was, Ford never actually visited the property himself. 

What Ford neglected to keep in mind, however, was the idea of workers’ rights and exploitation. In just a few years of developing Fordlandia, the automobile tycoon’s employees revolted due to unfair wages and working conditions. The whole idea was a bust, costing the company a loss of over $20 million. Many of the buildings remain in the town, falling apart and in complete disarray.

3. Sanctuary Resort, Costa Rica

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Even though this location is not fully a ghost town, but rather a ghost villa complex, the scale of horrifying is the same. Sanctuary Resort used to be a luxury resort, catering to the all-inclusive package deals, but guests simply stopped showing up around 2008. With no fresh revenue coming in, the hotel owners had to stop construction in its tracks. If you see the villa complex today, it appears as if the construction workers just left town one day without any notice. 

The weirdest part about Sanctuary Resort, though, is that a handful of people still work at the resort. You can still rent out a room. You just have to sacrifice all the amenities of a normal vacation and risk sleeping among the whispers of visitors past. 

4. Armero, Colombia

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Like the Pompeii of the Ancient Roman Empire, Armero in Colombia was once a great capital city until a nearby volcano gushed out a hateful wrath one day and it all came to an end. The day was November 13, 1985. The Nevado del Ruiz Volcano, after 69 years of dormancy, erupted spontaneously and killed nearly 23,000 inhabitants. 

Known as the Armero tragedy, this day forever transformed this Colombian village from a prospering center for life into a haunting reminder of death. Many survivors returned to the site after volcanic activity ceased, and constructed a mass cemetery to commemorate the tragedy. Those involved also constructed tombs where their houses had once been, creating a symbolic city referred to now as “El Camposanto.” 

The tragedy is forever captured in the eyes of a certain girl, Omayra Sánchez. The 13-year-old was trapped under the debris of her house for three days before she finally died of hypothermia, gangrene, or another similar condition. Photojournalist Frank Fournier documented her struggle for survival as rescue teams tried to save her. The solemnity in her eyes says it all though. See the video below.

5. Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

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The curious case of Nuevo Arenal. In 1978, flooding pushed the town’s nearby man-made lake to swell up, engulfing Arenal completely. Unlike most high tides, though, the lake never went back down. That is, not until June 2013 for the first time. But even then, the steeple from the former church pokes out of the water, but the rest of the city remains swallowed up, calmingly appearing to have never existed. 

Now Watch This Video Of The Armero Tragedy in Colombia:

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The innocent face of tragedy

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