Officially opening in 1918, Finca Sanatorio Duran housed thousands of tuberculosis patients in its time as well as mentally ill patients. The doctor who started this project, Dr. Duran was especially proactive in building this center as his daughter too suffered from the disease.
Back then, treatment for the disease was nonexistent in Costa Rica so Dr. Duran traveled to New York to meet with Dr. Loomis, as he was famous for his knowledge of consumption. After coming back to Costa Rica, Dr. Duran set forth to find the perfect location to treat the tuberculosis patients and found it in Cartago with the right balance of cool temperatures, humidity, wind, amount of sunlight and availability of drinking water as advised by the specialists.
And so the Finca Sanatorio Duran came to exist and operate for the next several decades. It eventually became unnecessary as advances in medicine helped diminish the prevalence of the disease in the country.
Today visitors can wander around the property and explore the buildings including all the rooms. You can see where the patients slept, where the children were kept, and *gasp* maybe even have an accidental run in with a ghost. Due to the deaths and physical suffering that occurred at the sanitarium, paranormal activity including ghost sightings and strange noises has been documented....