Inside the Island of Nightmares filled with mutilated dolls and restless spirits

There are some creepy places in the world, but Mexico's La Isla de las Muñeca, just south of Mexico City, sets the bar pretty high.

Wander through the dense green landscape here and you'll be greeted by hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls, hidden amongst the trees and buildings.

It looks like something out of a horror film – no wonder it's been nicknamed the 'Island of Nightmares'.

Legend has it that a young girl drowns on the island many years ago, and that the dolls are possessed by her spirit.

The story goes that the body of the drowned girl was found by the island's caretaker, Don Julian Santa, who was left shaken at being unable to save her.

Shortly after, he found a floating doll in one of the Xochimilco Canals around the island, which he decided to hang up on a tree as a mark of respect to the deceased girl.

However, locals say that he became obsessed with the idea that the girl would return to haunt the island, and therefore began gathering hundreds of dolls to hang up in a bid to let her soul rest.

He would also go in search of lost dolls in piles of rubbish from nearby areas, as well as those in the canals, choosing not to clean or fix them but instead hanging them from the trees in whatever state he found them.

The result is pretty unsettling. Wander through the island and you'll find hundreds of dolls with missing limbs, heads, or just generally looking like something straight out of a horror film.

In fact, he began devoting his life to honouring the lost soul, hanging up hundreds of dolls which he found from the canals and trash from other areas (without cleaning them up).

The result is a bizarre, somewhat terrifying island filled with mutilated dolls missing limbs, eyes, heads and looking worse for wear.

To add to all of the spookiness, there have been reports that the dolls whisper to each other (listen carefully to see if you can hear it), and even been seen to move their heads and arms, or in some instances open their eyes.

Basically, it's not one for the faint-hearted.

La Isla de las Muñeca was never intended to be a tourist destination.

However, the creepy legend and the dolls became a draw for ghost-hunters, and the island even began to feature on a host of TV shows around the paranormal, thrusting it into the spotlight.

The small island first opened to visitors in 2001, and has quickly become a firm favourite, especially amongst those looking for unusual day trips from Mexico City.

If you want to visit, you can find boats from Embarcadero Cuemanco or Embarcadero Fernando Celada.

Alternatively, you can opted for a private boat trip to be negotiated with locals but do your research before you book – there have been reports of some scams which take you to a fake island with dolls.

It will take approximately three to four hours to visit, especially if you're planning on exploring the canals as well.

Most people visit the island during the day but you can also visit during the night although there aren't any official overnight stays – we imagine you wouldn't sleep easy anyway!

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