Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Isla de las Munecas, just south of Mexico City set between the canals of Xochimico, is a small island and long abandoned hideout of Don Julian Santana, who was ostracized here from the mainland because of his alcohol problem. Legend has it that a little girl drowned in the nearby canal and Don felt haunted by her spirit so he began trading his vegetables for old dolls, which he placed throughout the island to appease her spirit. A reputable psychic medium has said that he was actually seeing an evil spirit that caused the girl to drown. Believe it, or not. Today, it’s populated by hundreds of decrepit, decomposing baby dolls that hang from trees. Some say they possess the soul of the girl. While it was never meant to be a tourist attraction, the creepiness of the island has attracted so many that it’s now open for tours on the weekend.
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