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It is a few miles from the city, but well worth the drive. The main attraction there is the lake and the gondola-like boats that are decorated with colorful flowers on the sides. Each boat has a woman’s name painted across the top arch - ours was La Lupita. There is a scenic route, which takes about three hours. This ride goes to the mini islands, where travelers can get off and wander around, buy souvenirs or listen to the story behind the island. A particular island that caught my attention was one that had dolls and doll parts everywhere. It was La Isla de las Muñecas Perdidas (Island of the Lost Dolls). A man who lived there collected dolls he found in the lake.

He put dolls just about anywhere he could find room, even putting a wire from one tree to the next to hang more dolls. I was in awe. As I stepped out of the boat and onto the island, I felt a cold breeze blow. There were about six barking dogs guarding the entrance, but they were harmless. To the left, there was a multitude of different plants, each in its own pot. Farther in the island was the old man’s shanty with three walls covered with dolls. Hanging on the outside was a framed newspaper article with a picture of him, taken from the local paper. The guide had told us that the old man had died a few months earlier and now his sons looked after the island.

  • Last visit to Xochimilco: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 2:58 PM

    You just never know what you'll find travelling around this great big world of ours! Very interesting and very strange!

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 9:34 AM

    Interesting place! The boat rides look like worth the visit. The dolls are a little spooky!! Great page, very original!

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2003 at 12:35 PM

    very interesting!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2003 at 7:21 AM

    I'd always wanted to take the boat ride at Xochimilco. The doll island seems a little strange, though.

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2003 at 2:36 AM

    Great photography! The old man is having a major scaremongering!! :-)

  • janika's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2003 at 7:57 AM

    More like a horror movie with those dolls. :) I thought Cornwall was weird... Nice images o00o!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2003 at 9:31 PM

    Truthfully, those dolls are a little spooky.

  • shdw100's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2003 at 12:25 PM

    Only on VT, I don't think you'll find that in any guide book! That was cool, a little strange, but cool!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2003 at 7:17 PM

    original page but...a little spooky

  • daddygila's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2003 at 3:02 PM

    very interesting section...certainly off the beaten path for sure!!!!


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