Isla de las Munecas - The Island of the
Just south of Mexico City, between the canals of Xochimico
you can find a small island with a sad background which never intended to be a
The island is known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the
It is dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her
fate too soon in strange circumstances.
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.
Dolls are threatening, even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark, they are
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
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.
Of course these witnesses are exaggerating and the island is in no way possessed but the
truth is that the Isla de las Munecas is a very creepy place that marks the casual visitor.
But how do all these creepy dolls get on the island?
Island of the Dolls - The truth behind the
Don Julian Santana
Barrera (picture bellow) was the caretaker of the island.
The story goes that Julian found a little girl drowned in mysterious
circumstances while he was not able to save her life.
Shortly thereafter, Julian saw a floating doll near
the canals. Most probably, the doll belonged to the girl.
He picked up the doll and hung it to a tree, as a way
of showing respect and support the spirit of the girl.
Others question even the existence of the drowned
girl. Reports conclude that Julian has made up the story about the girl in his
Julian was apparently haunted by the spirit of the girl and started hanging more dolls in
an attempt to please her spirit.
He soon realized the dolls themselves were possessed
by the spirits of dead girls, and continued to collect creepy dolls hanging them over the entire
According to those close to him, it was as if Julian was driven by some unseen force that
completely changed him.
Apparently he was very marked by the fact that he was not able to save the little girl’s
After 50 years of collecting dolls and hanging them on the island, Julian was found dead,
drowned in the same spot where the girl did.
Many people on the island believe that
Julian has joined the other spirits of the island.
The locals are very faithful that the Isla de las Munecas is a charmed place. After
Julian’s death in 2001, it has become a tourist attraction, where visitors bring more dolls.
Since the death of Julian, the island has become very famous and has even been featured in
many articles and even TV shows.
Although the action of Don Julian was innocent and even admirable, it ended up being
portrayed as a real nightmarish destination.
Soulless eyes follow visitors as they visit the small island (which is actually a floating