Mexico’s Island of the Dolls

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Every now and then I’m innocently browsing the web and I come across something truly bizarre – and today I really stumbled across the jackpot when it comes to the weird and wonderful.

Mexico‘s La Isla de las Munecas – or Island of the Dolls in English – is definitely one of the strangest things I’ve come across, and yet there’s something about it that totally intrigues me. Basically, this is what it is: located just south of Mexico City is an island where almost every tree on its surface is decorated with ancient, creepy and degenerated dolls.

Just seeing some of the pictures of this place on the net was enough to both put me off my lunch and make me consider that maybe a visit to Mexico during my upcoming trip to San Francisco could be on the cards. It’s so weird! The story – according to – goes that the Island of the Dolls first began when a hermit called Don Julian Santana moved to the island because he wanted to live in solitude, despite being married.

As he spent the last 50 years of his life on the island, Santana claimed he was haunted by the ghost of a young girl that had drowned in one of the island’s canals and, whenever a lost doll turned up in the waters, he would fish them out and place them around his house as a dedication to the little girl’s ghost. He was even rumoured to trade his home grown food for dolls to take back and place in his home.

In 2001, he was found dead in the same river that the young girl reportedly drowned in, which further adds to the creepiness of the tale and the whole island has been preserved as is, with scary-looking dolls nailed to trees and placed in various locations all over. Many tourists say it feels like you’re being watched when you visit and some have said that the dolls whisper to one another as you walk past. Some even suggest all visitors leave gifts to appease the spirit of the little girl as they arrive – who knows what could happen if you offended them!

Well, I’m not sure if La Isla de las Munecas is really the place for me, but something about it certainly does sound intriguing – have any readers ever visited this spooky Mexican attraction?

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