Known as “La Isla de la Munecas”, by the Spanish, The Island of the Dolls
Located within an extensive network of canals, south of Mexico City, the island La Isla de la Munecas (The Island of the Dolls) is a place of mystery and superstition.
Almost every tree growing on the island is adorned with old, mutilated dolls that gives anyone who steps a foot on to the island the feeling that they’re constantly being watched. The Doll’s unblinking gaze is an eerier feeling as you make your way through the vegetation and undergrowth.
The story behind the Island of the Dolls began when a gentleman the name of Don Julian Santana took up permanent residence. Although he was married he chose to live over 50 years of his life alone dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of the Ghost Island.
Don Julian used to say he was haunted by the ghost of the little girl who had drowned in one of the canals around the island. Some say he used to fish the dolls from the water because he though they were real children, but the truth is he was collecting and placing them around his home as a shrine for the spirit that tormented him. Don Jullians obsession led him to trade home grown fruit and vegetables for old dolls and over the years he became more and more isolated with each doll adding to the collection.
Ironically, in 2001 Don Julian Santana was found dead by his nephew, in the same canal that he said the little girl drowned in. Now his Island of the Dolls is one of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions. Some tourists who visited this place claim the dolls whisper and you must offer them a gift upon setting foot on the island, to appease their spirits.
La Isla de la Munecas (The Island of the Dolls) is a dark tourist attraction and many visitors are overwhelmed by the dead childish faces of dolls that haunt this place, always looking as though the tourists are responsible for their deaths and macabre mutilated bodies. The Island of dolls is situated in Mexico and the reality is very harsh when one discovers the thousands of mutilated dolls hanging from every tree on the island.