Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Durán

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Ruinas Sanatorio Carlos Durán

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Majo N
Quito, Ecuador55 contributions
Nice historic place to visit at least an hour, we could see it was being restored, I hoped it doesn´t lose it´s rustic ways, love the floors, hate the gafitti in the walls. Wish it had a bit more of historic information, maybe small signs with data, there´s nothing there, we found all the information on the internet. A lot of kids go, as they like to scare their friends on the visit. The bathrooms doors were closed, and the cafeteria wasn´t working (it was monday).
Written December 18, 2019
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Tory F
Altoona, Florida, United States147 contributions
Couples
This place is fascinating! If it was in the states, it would have been torn down or they would be making a lot more money on it. Reminded me a lot of touring Alcatraz, or Ellis Island, we all have some sort of maybe morbid curiosity, except this is $2 and you just wander, having no idea the history or story of the place except short excerpts if you google it. The structure is actually quite sound, those old wood floors and windows in good shape, it needs an audio tape to walk around with, like those other 2, or at least some info somewhere, charge me $10 or more, or guides, I would gladly pay to know more. It is fun and creepy, stopped by on the way to Irazu Volcano and enjoyed it way more than the volcano. Must google it before you go or you will have no idea what you are looking at.
Written November 22, 2018
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Paulina Chavarría
Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica53 contributions
Friends
This amazing place is a tresure that needs investment and a comercial view to make it a must for this Province. Its an old and abandoned hospital where you can feel the strange energy in some of the rooms, was built in early 1928 with wood. Located in the way to Irazú volcano, has an excellent view of forest, caws and mountains, it is a relaxing place where you can eat a picnic or take a walk. The road is easy, looks accesible at some parts like bathrooms, gardens and first floor (saw a person using wheelchair ), they are working in a cafeteria and will be ready in a month, says one of the workers.
More history, pictures and more maintenance needed, the floor of woods could be dangerous for the kids ( has some holes ). Very interesting place to visit.
Written April 12, 2017
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tomasandrew16
Lucknow, Canada3 contributions
Family
We spent half a day there . So much to see and Great history -- you have to google it . too much to tell. You can get amazing photos there . Be careful and do not upset the gosts-- they wander the halls still.
Written February 15, 2017
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Abiiir
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia137 contributions
Friends
Interesting discovery of what is considered the most haunted place in Costa Rica. It didn't feel like a very touristic place but more a nice weekend activity for locals. Many stories and some history as well as pictures can be found online - which are worth going through before the visit. If in the area it worth a quick stop to walk around imagine how it was.
Written December 5, 2016
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jennifer c
19 contributions
Family
Ruinas Sanatorio Duran was somewhere I wanted to go since it appeared on Ghost Hunters International. I went with a group and boy is it big. We were able to take a tour in Spanish only but it was extremely informative and well worth giving a small tip to the tour guide. He was very knowledgable about the area. This was a former hospital and then became a type of juvenile detention center so the place has it's history. It's in the mountains of Cartago so you will need a car or van or sorts to get there. I am not sure how good the bus service is there. It was a bit scary some parts of the grounds were extremely chilly and cold. Other parts were very very dark and it was hard to see but it was awesome never been to a "haunted" place before but I enjoyed it truthfully.
Written February 14, 2015
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Laurie S
Cartago, Costa Rica121 contributions
Friends
This place is haunted.... Jus saying. You can even spend the night there if you want to but I wouldn't . You can feel the spirits there and I know that might sound a little nuts but it really is true, at least that was my experience. I thought it was so cool there and actually going back again soon.... But not to spend the night :)
Written November 5, 2014
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Mknw26
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ASSUME! wish I had more time there. Found a haystack b4 there were haystack. It was under the building.
Written December 4, 2021
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LeAnn H
Miami, FL117 contributions
Love this place, its an old, abandoned tuberculosis hospital in the middle of a farm that is rumored to be haunted. The cows on the grounds and the surrounding mountains make this a great place to visit. A must see if you are in this area. Very cheap entrance fee, around 1200 colones.
Written December 4, 2019
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Kaela
Seattle, WA1,104 contributions
Friends
We love visiting “creepy” places so this was a must do for my group when visiting Costa Rica. About 30-45 min drive outside San Jose, this abandoned location was spooky and really interesting to walk around. We learned at the National Museum that they used to treat tuberculosis here, but it’s been abandoned for decades. We were the only visitors on this rainy day which added to the ambience.

Walking around I couldn’t help but feel like this experience could be so much more with some restorations and work put in. My friend (a San Jose local) said they are starting the process to restore and spruce it up a little, which is encouraging. The empty halls are interesting in their own right but I would have loved to get a more in depth history on the rooms or the people who lived and worked there. As other reviewers said it reminded me a lot of Alcatraz and I think the location would benefit hugely from an audio tour or live guide. The admission charge of around $2 US per person could be upped a LOT with a little bit of TLC and this could be a real live tourist attraction. The only downside to that would be increased traffic in my opinion, since the emptiness really added to the whole experience. Overall my group loved it and were happy to have stopped - I look forward to seeing what this area could become in the future.
Written June 13, 2019
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