On a dark and creepy island in the canals of Xochimico near Mexico City sits what might be the world’s strangest and scariest tourist attraction ever.The Island of the Dolls was dedicated to the lost soul of a poor little girl who met her fate too soon.
Legend of "Island of Dolls"
It is a real place located near Mexico city, on a man-made island that for decades has been home to thousands of decaying girl.It is said that a girl was found drowned in mysterious circumstances many years ago on this island and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit.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.
The truth is that the Isla de las Munecas is a very creepy place that marks the casual visitor.The area has thousands of people, but this small island is home to hundreds of terrifying dolls.Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees.
The dolls are threatening, even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark, they are particularly disturbing. In the night they haunt.Almost every tree growing on the island is decorated with old, mutilated dolls that give anyone the feeling that they’re constantly being watched.
Story behind the Island of Dolls
The story behind the Island of the Dolls began when a hermit by the name of Don Julian Santana moved here.Although he was married he chose to live the last 50 years of his life alone.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.
At one point he even traded home grown fruit and vegetables for old dolls.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.And you can still hear them giggling in night, haunting continues....