La Isla de las Munecas

23 Nov

Vying for the creepiest place on Earth, I present you with Isla de las Munecas. To the non-Spanish speakers, I present you with The Island of Dolls. The island itself is a small island hidden deep amongst the canals of Xochimico, somewhere near the middle of Teshuilo Lake, which is south of Mexico City. Roughly fifty years ago, three young girls were playing on the island near the canal. One of the girls fell in the water and drowned. The island’s only permanent inhabitant was a recluse named Don Julián Santana Barrera. Soon after the girl’s death Barrera fished an old doll out of the water. The next day he fished out another. And then another. Barrera was convinced that this was a sign from the netherworld, and he started collecting the old dolls and hanging them around the island. These dolls, he believed, formed vessels for spirits that kept the deceased girl company and prevented further evil from descending upon the island. The dolls, tied to trees, in addition to a special alter he constructed for the child, became known by locals. What was also learned was that Barrera had a wonderful garden of fresh produce. Locals began bringing old dolls in trade for fresh vegetables. The trade increased the collection so much that the island now has an amazing collection of thousands of dolls in various stages of disintegration. The following are a few glimpses of this wonderous and creepy destination! Enjoy!


One Response to “La Isla de las Munecas”


  1. Mexico’s Creepiest Tourist Destination: La Isla de las munecas « mocochocodotcom - January 19, 2013

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