The Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
Maximum creepiness is discovered on the Isla de las Munecas, a place of shadows and secrets, of cobwebs and insects, and of severed limbs and decapitated heads.
The limbs and the heads are not real, of course, belonging rather to hundreds and hundreds of dolls, but that makes the experience no less creepy or the place, hidden among the Xochimilco canals in the south of Mexico City, no less terrifying.
Said to be dedicated to the soul of a drowned child, discovered in the water here 50 years ago, the island has become an unlikely tourist destination. Julian Santana Barrera, who began the custom of hanging doll parts from the trees, weirdly himself later drowned here… This has done little to deter sightseers, if anything, it has made them even keener. Would you be brave enough to wander here by yourself?