Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls)

There is a word for it! Pediophobics; The persistent fear or worry of dolls. Phobia or no phobia this creepy destination is as eerie as it gets.

For over 50 years a Mexican man collected hundreds of dolls here after discovering a young girl’s dead body nearby. Dedicated to the lost soul of a poor girl who met her fate too soon, these Chucky-esque offerings were meant to appease her spirit’s constant screaming at night.

Located @18 miles south of Mexico City the island not easy to reach. Expect the boat trip to last around 3-4 hours. Historically the whole area was surrounded by lakes and the cities developed on the islands. You may wish to visit the beautiful canals as well.

Legend says the girl was found drowned with a doll floating nearby. The island caretaker took the doll & hung it in a tree as a sign of respect and support for the spirit of the girl. More & more dolls were hung to appease her restless spirit. Now possessed the dolls now have severed limbs, decapitated heads and even open their eyes. These soulless blank eyes tend to follow visitors even in the bright Mexican sunlight but in the dark…it could be even better! I’d be sure to plan you enough time for the unexpected.

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Leslie Strowbridge

Leslie Strowbridge

I am an avid traveler and my journeys have taken me around the world. I am always looking to find the hidden gems of a destination and I tend to lead myself off the beaten path. A few of my adventures have taken me swimming in the Dead Sea, standing at the equator, cruising on Ha Long Bay, climbing to the Monastery in Petra and glamping in the Arabian Desert. Where to next?
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