Chile: 6 Mysterious Locations
Throughout the country there are a series of places that had been involved in supernatural events, legends and myths, or have been the scenario of inexplicable tragedy. An aura of mystery surrounds everyone of them, originating innumerable theories and unleashing the imagination. Here we present 6 of the most mysterious places in Chile:1. Laguna RojaThis lagoon is an authentic scenario of surrealism lost in the middle of northern Chile's desert. Its intense red waters resemble blood and it was completely unknown until recently, except for the local Aymara community. It is a place soaked on legend and associated with multiple cases of disappearances. Since there have been no studies in the lagoon, its depth is unknown as well as the explanation for its peculiar color.As if this was not enough, one can find another two smaller lagoons close to it, one yellow and the other green. this is a place of great spiritual significance for the local Aymara community, who visit these lagoons with great respect since it is believed that whoever baths in its waters will suffer tragedy and disgrace. If you want to discover the legend associated to Laguna Roja (Red Lagoon) and everything you need to know to visit this lost corner of northern Chile, follow this link.
2. Raja de ManquehuaThe town of Salamanca, located in the IV Region, has been always marked by its stories of witchery and paranormal events. An emblematic place of the area is particularly associated to these events, the so-called “Raja de Manquehua” also known as the "Witches' Cave". It is a rocky opening that acquires the form of a gorge, with difficult access and that for decades has been said to be a meeting point for witches celebrating covens each year in honor of Satan.Since 1915 there have been reports of processions of torches surrounding the gorge, of which are said to be witches heading to their unholy covens. There have been also numerous cases of sightings of flying light spheres which seemed to dance around Raja de Manquehua.
3. Robinson Crusoe IslandRobinson Crusoe Island has been for hundreds of years witness of stories and incredible events. Shipwrecks, corsairs, heroes, prisoners and stories of hidden treasures have marked the character of this small island located in the middle of the Pacific, which has been struck by tragedy and catastrophe in recent years. It is in this location that Alexander Selkirk was abandoned in 1703 for 4 years and 4 months as a castaway, event that would later inspire Daniel Defoe's most famous novel, “Robinson Crusoe”, which the island is named after. It was also during a lot of time a lair for corsairs and pirates, and it is speculated that great treasures might still be buried there. One of the most remarkable is the treasure of Ubilla y Echeverría, nothing less than 800 barrels of gold, silver and jewelry which would be valued in 10 thousand million dollars.The 27th of February of 2010 a tsunami hit the island, causing death and destruction. In September of the same year a plane trying to land in Robinson Crusoe crashed, leaving no survivors. Shortly after that the island was news again, this time as part of a theory that connected the Mayas and their apocalyptic prophecy with the island. The History Channel broadcast a 2 hours documentary called "The Apocalyptic Island".
4. San Jose former hospitalThis hospital was constructed in the second half of the XIX century in Santiago and worked as such till the year 1999, when the new San Jose Hospital was built. This building remains as a testimony of uncountable stories of death and suffering of the past, and an icon of the paranormal in the present.It was in this place where were treated countless people that suffered the onslaught of the plagues of cholera, tuberculosis and smallpox. Built next to Cementerio General cemetery and with direct access doors to it, it was known that being referred to this hospital meant one thing: death.Like most of the medical centers of the time, the establishment was run by nuns, who risked their lives on a daily basis treating the ill and sick. Many nuns died infected by tuberculosis and other infectious deseases. It is precisely the ghosts of two nuns that smoke outside the chapel, the most famous apparitions. Throughout the years countless reports and stories of ghosts and apparitions have emerged in this place.
5. ChiloeIt is impossible to define one spot or place in particular in a land soaked on mysticism, stories and legends. The Chiloe archipelago as a whole is one of the most magical and mysterious places in Chile, where the mythology of its people remain current to this day. Stories abound of witches, sirens, ghost ships and a series of fantastical beings that run over the island's green and rainy lands.It is in the fishing villages and the smaller islands where one has the impression that the landscape and the air itself are imbued with magic and mystery. Places that stand out are the Island of Aucar, also known as the "island of the sailing souls", a small island linked to the main island by a beautiful wooden bridge. there you can find a little chapel and a cemetery. Also stand out the localities of Quicavi and Colo, where it is said witches from the island continue to gather.
6. Isla de los MuertosThere is a place in the Aysen Region where nature, mystery and tragedy combine: Isla de los Muertos (island of the dead). Located 3 km from Caleta Tortel and in the banks of the mighty Baker river, this small island is a sinister testimony of a tragedy that happened over a hundred years ago in the middle of the cold Patagonian wilderness.In 1905, 200 workers traveled on board the Dalcahue steam ship heading to the mouth of the Baker river to build a road that would connect to the Argentinean province of Chubut. These workers were hired by the Compañia Explotadora del Baker company, who committed to send ships with food and other supplies. This promise was never fulfilled and the workers were abandoned. As time passed the workers were forced to eat food in terrible state. This combined with the cold and severe weather started to claim the first lives.It is estimated that 120 workers died and were buried in the island by their companions, who were saved by a ship that stopped by a year later, finding them malnourished, sick and exhausted. Due to the passing of time, the natural advance of the vegetation and the river floods only 33 wooden crosses remain in the island.There are a series of theories that explain this tragedy. The first one speaks of poisoning due to rotten state of the food. Another theory proposes that poisoning was intentional by the company, using arsenic, strychnine or cyanide to avoid paying the workers' salary. Other theories speak of fights and murders between the workers and the poisoning by local natives. I will never be known with certainty.