Isla de las Munecas – The Island of the Dolls

Photo: Jade Cantwell

Known as “La Isla de la Munecas”, by the Spanish, The Island of the Dolls is one of the creepiest tourist attractions in Mexico.  South of Mexico City and located within an extensive network of canals, the island is a place of mystery and superstition.  Almost every tree growing on the island is decorated with old mutilated dolls that give you the feeling of constantly being watched.

The island’s story goes something like this… Don Julian Santana was the island’s caretaker and one fateful day he came upon the body of little girl who had drowned (under mysterious circumstances) in one of the canals. A short time later he found a doll floating in the same canal.  As homage to the young girl, he hung the doll in a tree.  Don Julian claimed to be haunted by the ghost of the girl and started hanging dolls all around the island in the hopes of appeasing her spirit.

Ironically, in 2001 Don Julian Santana was found dead in the same canal in which the little girl had drowned.  Now his Island of the Dolls is one of the world’s strangest tourist attractions. Some tourists who visit this place claim the dolls whisper and move. Offering a gift when you arrive is said to help placate the spirits and ensure your safety while there.

www.isladelasmunecas.com

 

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