The Island Of The Dolls – A Dark Tourist Attraction In Mexico

Posted on 16 December 2009 Crni

A world renowned tourist destination is “La Isla de la Munecas”- a Spanish name which means the Island of the dolls. This Island of dolls is situated in Mexico and as the name suggests, one expects to see a beautiful world which will leave an everlasting impression. But the reality is exactly opposite and very harsh when one discovers the thousands of mutilated ugly dolls hanging from every tree on the island.

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Don Julian Santana, a hermit who renounced the world and his family to inhabit this island dedicated his last fifty years of his life to the make the “La Isla de la Munecas”. It is believed that, he did this to please the spirit of a little girl who had drowned in the canal. Whatever may be the reason, he managed to turn this island into a bizarre, scary place where an eerie eye of mutilated dolls haunts your every move, on this strange island.

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Don Julian is said to have led an isolated life ,except when he ventured to collect old dolls that he either scavenged from the garbage dump or bought in exchange for his homegrown fruits and vegetables. Personally one is made to believe that he obviously did not like intrusion and tried to scare off inquisitive onlookers by hanging scary doll faces. In 2001, Don Julian was discovered drowned to his death in the same canal surrounding his home. Don Julian is dead to the world but his eerie disturbed vision stays on, in the faces of lifeless dolls mutilated and hung in the worst forms of human torture and punishment.

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This is a ghostly sight that serves as a dark tourist attraction especially for the young generation who is fascinated by gore and death. Many visitors are overwhelmed by the dead childish faces of dolls that never lived but appear to haunt this place, always looking at us as though we were responsible for their deaths. A world renowned tourist destination is “La Isla de la Munecas”- a Spanish name which means the Island of the dolls. This Island of dolls is situated in Mexico and as the name suggests, one expects to see a beautiful world which will leave an everlasting impression. But the reality is exactly opposite and very harsh when one discovers the thousands of mutilated ugly dolls hanging from every tree on the island.

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Don Julian Santana, a hermit who renounced the world and his family to inhabit this island dedicated his last fifty years of his life to the make the “La Isla de la Munecas”. It is believed that, he did this to please the spirit of a little girl who had drowned in the canal. Whatever may be the reason, he managed to turn this island into a bizarre, scary place where an eerie eye of mutilated dolls haunts your every move, on this strange island.

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Don Julian is said to have led an isolated life ,except when he ventured to collect old dolls that he either scavenged from the garbage dump or bought in exchange for his homegrown fruits and vegetables. Personally one is made to believe that he obviously did not like intrusion and tried to scare off inquisitive onlookers by hanging scary doll faces.

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In 2001, Don Julian was discovered drowned to his death in the same canal surrounding his home. Don Julian is dead to the world but his eerie disturbed vision stays on, in the faces of lifeless dolls mutilated and hung in the worst forms of human torture and punishment.

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This is a ghostly sight that serves as a dark tourist attraction especially for the young generation who is fascinated by gore and death. Many visitors are overwhelmed by the dead childish faces of dolls that never lived but appear to haunt this place, always looking at us as though we were responsible for their deaths.

Via David Lida.

21 Comments For This Post

  1. n/a Says:

    Actually this was also investigated by Josh from destination truth which did uncover a lot of evidence from this real place. This is also known as a haunted island with a lot of paranormal activities. One had the EVP that caught the voice telling them to get out of the island.

  2. Tracie Says:

    This article is so poorly written. A drunk kangaroo could do better.

  3. Raúl Basurto Montelongo Says:

    I have a Serie of This Island , Its a Complete Serie to Make an Exposition Ill Be sending some of the pieces , Its an Amasing Exposition , Art Instalation made by a Men That started this project `cause he wanted to be protected from gosts , There was a first one doll like his favorite , there are now two Islands the original is not in the turistique zone you have to go farther and cross to another Canal whit a Crane that lifts the boat, Ill send soon some pics.

  4. Gisela O. Says:

    Hey, you’re kinda right and kinda wrong. I’ve been there and it’s not like it’s full of turists, of youngsters wanting to see mutilated dolls… It’s a good article, this one here, but still, if you say there are mutilated dolls it’s really not good… it doesn’t sound that good. The story is that a girl did drown, and after that he got dolls from the water around the island, and at the markets and so on, and he hung them, but not to scare people, that’s sure.
    Some other information, you can visit the island, you just have to get on a kinda boat, called “trajinera”, and ask for the island. The entrance to it costs 10 pesos, that is less than a dollar, and it’s quite an interesting visit, you can take really good pictures there.
    P.D. You’ll ask ‘how do you know all this????’. I live here in Mexico. Greetings!

  5. The Landmo Says:

    I have gone so long without speaking up, but after reading this article I can no longer lurk silently. Planetoddity.com, while having very interesting articles, contains some of the most poorly written drivel on the internet. Not only does this article look like it was written by mongoose traveling through space, but it repeats itself! Does anybody proofread this shite?

  6. anon Says:

    Why do you just repeat the same copy?

    Couldn’t you just have shown the photos when you ran out of stuff to say?

  7. Judy Says:

    this is one of the most frightening things ive ever seen, im dead afraid of dolls, so i have no idea wtf i was thinking when i clicked on this, so i don’t think i’ll sleep very well tonight, and i defiantly won’t be going to mexico anytime soon :/

  8. some girl Says:

    Hire better writers. Seriously.

  9. David Says:

    It’s Point Lookout!

  10. Danielle Says:

    that is seriously creepy….i’d still see it though lol…but it seems that a lot of creepy stuff exists in Mexico, or is it just me that thinks that?

  11. Screaming Monkey Says:

    Yeah, my first thought was of how “high school” the writing of this article was (complete with over-use of commas and everything).

    I also saw the Destination Truth episode, which was even creepier (I think one of the dolls had moved or something). That last picture is just plain scary!

  12. Lhyn Says:

    i love dolls but when i saw it, it kinda horrible.. there was really something wrong at that place. is this really true? why the government didn’t yet solution it?

  13. Luis Manuel Pérez Varela Says:

    Hi! I live in Mexico City and I’ve been there. It’s creepy as hell. It’s not an island though… It’s called a “chinampa” (sorry, no translation there), which means it’s a floating platform originally built for agriculture which stays in place by the use of poles that are fixed to the canal bottom. And, for the person who said “why hasn’t the government fixed this”: COME ON!!! what has the government to do with the decoration of someone’s backyard? it’s not illegal to tear down some friggin’ dolls and hang them all over your house. It’s that kind of thinking that has all of us in this stupidly over controlled state in which the government tells you exactly how you should live. Sorry, but I was plain shocked with that dumb comment.

  14. Lisa Says:

    I am from Canada and was staying with a friend who lived in Mexico City and has a place in Queretaro and he took me there…It’s not scary…I’ll admit it’s different! The man did it for a little girl!!!!

    And I did see Destination Truth…That thing is a sham and I can’t believe they pay some person and a crew to go around and investigate things that are NOT EVEN REAL…..HE NEVER FINDS ANYTHING!!!! Yea ok a doll’s eye opened on it’s own when he was there…whatever!!

  15. Leonardo Rello Says:

    This place is real and almost everybody in south mexico city knows it. It is located within the canals of xochimilco. A tourist attraction where you pay to take a ride in small boats where you can eat and drink while you move between the many islands this place has.

  16. Shrikrishna Meena Says:

    Horrible Images…!!! Liked the work of photographer who captured this while daring.

  17. say what Says:

    what’s up w/ the article saying the same thing over and over and over? I would have liked to know WHERE in Mexico this is, rather than having to google it, but whatever… okay, this is very creepy! I can’t decide if I would actually go there or not!

  18. Tyler Says:

    Lisa, have you ever been there? No, and Destination Truth is not a ‘sham’, it’s a show about finding the truth about legends and other things/phenomena, you sound like ever other skeptic that says, “If I can’t see it, or have any proof, it doesn’t exist.” Never thinking with an open mind. People like you are so thick-headed that, if you even read this, you’ll think I’m just a crazed fan. Yes, I like Destination Truth, and yes, they sometimes don’t find anything, but, other times, they do, I’d like to see you try to uncover the truth about legends. You believed your parents when they said monsters, ghosts, etc. don’t exist, didn’t you?

  19. Samuel C. Says:

    Sorry! I’m not f**cking around there! I’ll probably end up missing!
    Some people have no place in certain areas this would be one of them!
    “Hey dude! Let’s get smashed and go at night!” Uh huh! you know where that’s gonna go! Lol!

  20. M.de Valois Says:

    Tyler, are you illiterate???? The first sentance in Lisa’s comment CLEARLY states that she has been there. What part of “…he took me there” do you not uderstand??? What a fuking retard…. Oh and just a side note, I know several psycics and mediums and they all say that show is fake…if you want to watch something REAl go watch Ghost Hunters…

  21. Katelynn Gavins Says:

    I don’t think its that scary! I’m only 10 so I love baby dolls but come on now! It doesn’t look very scary @ all. Still I wouldn’t take on of your own baby dolls there. They might come up missing & the next morning you might find your baby doll all dirty and hanging from a tree!

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