Monday, June 17, 2024

Where are the creepiest haunted spots in Mexico City?

Mexico City has no shortage of haunted spots.

While Leigh Thelmadatter has previously provided us with a great list of some of Mexico City’s most famous haunted houses – including “La casa negra”, “La Moira” and “La casa de las brujas” –here are three more sites for intrepid ghost hunters to explore during this spooky season.

La casa de tía toña
La Casa de Tía Toña, hidden deep inside Chapultepec forest, is said to be the site of the murders of several children. (Amino)

La casa de Tía Toña 

Hidden deep in Chapultepec Forest section 3, lies “La casa de Tía Toña” (Aunt Toña’s house). Just who exactly Aunt Toña was is unclear, but local legend says she was a woman of great wealth.

As the story goes, Toña lived alone in this enormous forest mansion and adopted a number of orphaned children for company. For several years, these children stole precious jewels and money from the house, driving Toña insane.

One day, she had enough, and beat the orphans to death, before throwing their bodies in a ditch behind the house. Some say that at night, visitors to the house can hear the screams of the children and the sound of Toña’s voice, as she scolds them for their misdeeds.

Callejón del Aguacate

Aguacate, Coyoacan
Callejón del Aguacate, where the soldier is said to have killed a child before taking his own life. (Shutterstock)

As one of Mexico City’s oldest neighborhoods, it’s natural that Coyoacán has its share of ghost stories. 

Rumor has it that shortly after the end of the Mexican Revolution, a decorated soldier was taking a walk through the leafy suburb to clear his head of everything that he had witnessed while at war.

On his walk, he encountered a young boy who was enthralled by the soldier’s medals. Every time the soldier walked down the street, the child would beg the soldier to play with him. One night, the soldier lost his patience (and his sanity) and killed the boy. Wracked by guilt, the soldier then hanged himself from the avocado tree that gave the alleyway its name.

Today, the street is a popular square, lined with cafés – although some nights, residents have reported hearing the boy asking passers-by to play with him.

Hotel Posada del Sol

The terrifying altar inside room 103. (Rolloid.net)

This hotel in the once-grand Doctores neighborhood has played host to not one, but two tragedies. 

While the hotel’s architect and proprietor Fernando Saldaña is said to have hanged himself in the courtyard of the hotel in the 1940s, it is what happened in Room 103 that is the most interesting. 

Inside the Room is an altar, complete with sweets, toys, and a photo of a girl who was found dead inside the hotel. Legend has it that her spirit was trapped inside the hotel, and her ghost has never been able to leave the grounds.

Ghost hunters at the site today beware – it is said that Saldaña still patrols the halls, to guard his hotel against those who would do it harm.

With reports from El Universal and Heraldo de Mexico

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