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Island of the DollsMexico City, Mexico

If Chucky had an evil playground, it'd be Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) in Mexico City. Haunted by the body of a girl he found floating in the canals, the island’s only inhabitant – Don Julian Santana – spent 50 years collecting and hanging dolls from trees to ward off evil spirits.

Unfortunately, it didn't all go to plan and the dolls became possessed with the spirits of deceased girls instead. Rumour has it if you spend enough time on the island you'll catch a doll's arm twitching or sets of eyes following you as you walk.

In 2001, Santana mysteriously suffered a similar fate and was found drowned in a canal. Whether or not you believe the decayed dolls or the island itself are haunted, peering into the vacant eyes of a soulless dolly, riddled with mould and insects, will leave you feeling terrified.

 

get there

The island is in the Xochimilco canals, about 28 kilometres south of Mexico City. There are ferries that depart from Embarcadero Cuemanco or from Embarcadero Fernando Celada. A direct ferry takes about two hours to get to the island.

Entry to the island itself is free, but the ferry costs about US$20.

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