Take a trip to one of the scariest places on Earth – The Island of the Dolls. The island is located in Mexico, a mere 18km from the capital in the district of Xochimilco. It is located within a labyrinthine of canals in a small spot on Teshuito Lake.
Legend has it that the now deceased caretaker of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, strung thousands of dolls about the island to appease the spirit of a young girl who drowned in the 1920s. The girl, apparently dying under mysterious and questionable circumstances, still inhabits the island as a lost spirit.
Don Julian was said to be stringing the dolls from trees on the island in an attempt to ward off evil spirits and to give the dead girl some toys with which to play. He believed he heard the voice of the girl asking him for the dolls.
When Don Julian inhabited the island in the late 1950s, the place was relatively forgotten. He resided there as a hermit, leaving behind both young wife and child, to be caretaker to the island and the spirit of the dead girl. In 1990, Xochimilco was declared a site of national heritage. A program was established to clean up the canals in the area. Canal traffic progressed and the island was rediscovered.
Since local traffic has picked up, the island has enjoyed a macabre fame as one of the scariest places on the face of the earth. The dolls, hanging from trees, are in various stages of disrepair. Soulless plastic, the oft-times eyeless dolls are missing limbs, discolored by weather, and inhabited by all manner of creepy-crawly creatures.
During the day, the island seems odd. The juxtaposition of the cadaverous dolls and the beauty of the canals is nothing short of surreal. At night, the gruesome scenery is more profound. It is truly one of the scariest places on earth.