Island of the Dolls

While at Xochimilco we requested to visit the Isla de las Muñecas, or Island of the Dolls.  Originally the home of recently deceased island resident Don Julian, today the island has been converted into a museum and tourist attraction run by his family.  For the most part, however, it still looks as it did when Don Julian was alive.  The only addition since Don Julian`s death is a small museum and shrine to him that is housed in a small wooden shack on the far side of the island. 

Thousands of partially decomposed dolls, some missing limbs and others only heads, hang from the trees and rafters.  It is believed Don Julian created all of this to mourn the death of a young girl who perished in the canal nearby to his home and that he later had a heart attack and fell to his death in exactly the same place as where the girl had died.  However, it is hard to be sure what actually took place since the accounts of his life and death as told to us by our boat operator and guide on the island differed significantly.

Since first learning about this island on an episode of Globe Trekker several years ago it`s been a place I had wanted to see for myself.  And had I not seen the show in which they interviewed Don Julian while he was living on the island I may not have believed it was all once the real home of a very strange old man.  Unfortunately, we arrived too late to meet Don Julian in person, but even without him the island remains a very creepy and wierd place to visit.

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1 Response to “Island of the Dolls”


  1. 1 John October 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    That looks really creepy….

    I just want to say hi and I’m glad you guys are having fun.


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