Around the 1950s, Don Julian Santana decided to live as hermit, leaving his family behind, and moved to Teshuilo Lake in Xochimilco canals. Upon arriving, Santana found a young girl drowned in the lake, then he saw her doll floating nearby. This made Santana decide to honor the girl for the rest of his life by collecting hundreds of dolls and hanging them up, which made the island too bizarre and spine chilling for tourists. Since then, the island was dubbed as 'La Isla de las Munecas' or Island of the Dolls.
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Santana collected the dolls from canals and trash from to the island, but he didn't clean up or even fix them, making the island even more haunted-looking because the dolls were hanged despite being broken, distorted, or have missing body parts such as limbs and eyeballs.
In 2001, after decades of devotion, Santana was found lifeless on the same area the girl drowned.
Santana lived in a dolls-surrounded shanty. According to reports, Santana also accepted fees to showcase his eccentric home to tourists.
Spooky stories have galloped the nearby town and then became an online and public fascination. It is said that the dolls do talk to one another and that they are all possessed by the girl's spirit. Some even claim they the dolls turn their heads and blink. But for some, the horrifying lore is just what it is, a story.
Not many to have the guts to travel there. Unless you are strong-willed enough, then go! The island is about 28km south of Mexico City. You can ride a ferry from the Embarcedero Cuemanco or Embarcadero Fernando Celada for a four-hour trip. Just ask ahead. We won't be watching you, because the dolls will.
How about you? Are you strong enough to go to Isla de Munecas? Let us know what you have in mind.