One of the creepiest tourist attraction in Mexico is the Island Of The Dolls (Isla de las Muñecas), located between the canals of Xochimico that lies to the south of Mexico. A small island with a sad background which never intended to be a tourist destination.

What highlight this place are the hundreds of old, mutilated dolls that hang among the branches and dead trees. Creepy isn’t it?

The story behind this island started over half a century ago when a little girl was drowned in mysterious circumstances, and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit.


A hermit named Don Julián Santana Barrera was the island’s only permanent inhabitant, who despite having a wife and family, chose to live alone on the island.

El senor Julian Santana Barrera

The said caretaker of the island was not able to save the life of the little girl, shortly thereafter, he saw a floating doll near the canals.


Barrera fished out one doll after another, convincing him that this was a sign from the evil spirit…


Don Julian Santana began hanging the dolls to the low-hanging trees in order to protect himself from evil and abate the ghost’s suffering.


Soon, every branch was hanged with severed baby dolls and the mutilated remains of abandoned toys making the entire island into a shrine.


After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Don Julian was found floating at the very spot the girl was said to have drowned.

9Since the death of Julian in 2001, the island has become very famous making the Isla de las Muneca a tourist attraction, where travelers that dare to approach the island bring more dolls in hopes of appeasing the child’s soul and enjoying a safe passage.


Local legend says that the dolls move their heads and arms and even opened their eyes.



Some witnesses claim they had heard the dolls whispering to each other, while others who were on a boat near the island said the dolls lured them to come down to the island.



However, some say that the witnesses are just exaggerating and the island is in no way possessed…


But whether the story is real or not, the Isla de las Munecas is truly a creepy place that marks the casual visitor.


Now, would you dare go to this place?