Spook-tacular tales of real-life hauntings
Halloween is just days away – and how better to get in the mood than with some spook-tacular tales of real-life hauntings?
Turn down the lights, break out the candy corn, and tuck in for some seriously eerie stories from Exodus Travels favourite destinations around the world…
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Once the largest and most important settlement on the Yucatan Peninsula, visitors flock to Mexico’s Chichen Itza to marvel at how well-preserved the ancient architecture is. But a deeper look reveals a darker history. In Mayan culture, noble death was considered a great honour, and human sacrifice was said to appease their Gods.
The Sinister House on Saphi Street – Cuzco, Peru
Just blocks from Cuzco’s main square, there’s a three-story house that’s been abandoned for 70 years. Local legends surrounding the place range from a jealous man killing his lover there, to a large family all found dead with no explanation. Over the years, people have reported hearing strange noises and cries from inside the building.
Teatro Massimo – Palermo, Sicily
The history of Sicily’s capital city already has a bloody history, through its ties to the Sicilian mafia. If you’re looking for a more traditional haunting, though, the Teatro Massimo is said to be haunted by the ghost of a nun, known as ‘La Monachella’.
Yosemite National Park, USA
Like any good forest, Yosemite’s has its fair share of supernatural tales, passed around campfires through the ages. Bigfoot sightings, mysterious deer heads and otherworldly beings all feature, including Po-ho-no, an evil spirit said to claim those who came too close to the waterfall’s edge.
‘The Unlucky Mummy’ – Egypt
For Exodus’ final tale, we journey to Egypt to explore the story of the ‘Unlucky Mummy’. The story begins in 1860s Egypt, where four Oxford graduates decided to pick up a souvenir of their visit, in the form of the coffin lid of a priestess of Amen-Ra. On the return trip, two of the graduates died, and a third accidentally shot himself in the arm, resulting in an amputation. The fourth lost his entire fortune (twice), a photographer and porter trying to take a photograph of it died, as did the man translating its hieroglyphs.
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