Known as the Island of the Dolls
Fearless travellers can experience one of the world’s creepiest adventures on Mexico’s deserted La Isla de la Munecas (the Island of the Dolls) over Halloween. True to its name, this small landmass, located in the channels of Xochimilco, just south of Mexico City, is covered in creepy dolls hanging from the trees, many missing heads and limbs.
Shrouded in folklore, local legend states that the dolls have been heard whispering to one another, moving their heads and arms, and even opening their eyes. The story goes that the island’s one-time caretaker found a young girl floating in the water with her doll nearby. Unable to save her, he hung the doll to a tree out of respect. However, he soon claimed that the island was haunted by the girl’s spirit, hanging more dolls to try to appease the ghost.
Visit at Halloween, and you can also experience the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico City. This is a tradition that was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Flash Pack, which specialises in group adventures for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s, is organising a nine-day adventure around Mexico, from October 26-November 3, for up to 14 people. As well as the island and the city, travellers will visit the colourful city of Puebla, and the culinary capital of Oaxaca, nestled amid the mountains. The adventure ends at the world’s only petrified waterfall, which has an ethereal frozen-in-time quality, and also happens to be a fantastic spot for wild swimming, with natural thermal pools.
Price for the adventure is AED11,083, which includes all accommodation, local transport, meals and a guide. To make a booking, click here.