The Island of the Dolls
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Gabriella
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
Jun. 2022
If I could give this place a zero, I would. As a massive horror fan, I was deeply disappointed with this place. Don't come there unless you have a Mexican friend to back you up. They sold us a 4h trip to the 'Island of Dolls' for 2,000 pesos knowing that the ORIGINAL island was closed (from what we understood via google translate, the original hasn't been open for a while), and then took us to the FAKE one!! So not only did they waste 4h of my life but I also paid 2,000 pesos for something I didn't even wanna see.
Written June 27, 2022
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Derek
1 contribution
Jun. 2022
TL&DR:
The only legit use for those large boats is for locals hosting cheap parties (bringing 20 people, food, drinks, and share that 2000 MXN / boat fee between the group). If you are a tourist with small group, AVOID this at all cost. If you don't speak Spanish, AVOID this at all cost. If you are here not for the party but only for the island, AVOID this at all cost.

Whole story:

I was one of those tourists who was attracted by this "Island of the Dolls" story. This places seemed controlled by local gangster so that you HAD to pay for those slow large boats even if you have only 1 person so that they could charge you 2000+ (plus all following scams). If kayak / motor boats were allowed, it's literally 15min to get to the island (instead of 5 hours roundtrip)

OK I paid them them 2000 MXN for the island, and the boater was like a 14 year old boy (is it even legal?), and he took me to all those "you must pay to see nothing, otherwise you have to wait here 30 min" places. I asked 1000 times please take me directly to the island, obviously he ignored.

Eventually he took me to the island (fake one). I did the research and started asking "Could you please take me the the original island?". Well the answer is NO, this is the one (lying).

Took me another 30 mins for back&forth conversation with this boy to let him admit this was the fake one, he asked another $500 b/c "we delayed too much time on other spots". SERIOUSLY? who delayed all those time drinking beer when I asked to be taken to the island directly?

OK I decided to pay this scam and in the end I was taken to another island. I don't know whether this was the "REAL" one, as those people were doing music loudly and BBQ on the island, is there no vibe for "Creepy" at all with all the BBQ smoke.

PLUS, those dolls looked super merchandised and tourism. IF this was the original island, I highly doubt locals made up the story to trap tourists. PLUS, when I stepped on the island, 5 strong men surrounded me to charge $200 for entrance. I took my stand and negotiated down to $50 (b/c other folks posted on reddit said it should be $40). The negotiation process looked like I'm dealing with gangsters.

Special note for my boater, he intentionally made it super slow (all other boaters bypassed), made endlessly stops to fix his boat / drink beer / make phone calls. I didn't know why, until he told me this boat is paid by hours :)
Written June 5, 2022
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EvilDemi
Tokyo, Japan16 contributions
Nov. 2021
The island itself is fine if u like creepy stuff like this, but the trip. We were prepared to give it a 4h slow ride in a boat, which was nice thanks to musicians, people celebrating something, small boats selling food, etc. - this is a huge piace of local color & culture to take a look at. We also wanted to visit the Island for a long time, so a 4h ride didn't bother us. BUT.
There's an ultimate weakness, no one has ever mentioned here! If u plan ur visit during busy days (like we did on 11/01/2021, which is a Day of the Dead period), this will be a 6-7h trip instead of 4h! The reason to this is there's a narrow spot on your way, where 2 boats can't pass. It is actully a bridge, used for car traffic and being a dam to the narrow channel at the same time. They have a mechanical platform, which lifts the boat (one at a time) and brings it to the other side. One boat to the other side and one boat back, then again one boat to the other side from your side and one back. This takes HOURS!! Because all the stupid rowers try to bring their boat as close to the channel as possible, leaving no space for the boat, brought from the other side by the platform. So there appears to be about 8-12 boats stuck at ones, moving to nowhere. And nope, the rowers don't speak English and don't have enough brain to solve the problem. We were back to the dock by 8 p.m. in total dark and about 12 boats were yet on the Island when we started our ride back. I have no idea what time they were back to Mexico City that day.
So, if you plan this trip, either be at the Xochimilco dock at 9 a.m. at latest, or be prepared to kill the whole day for this trip.
Written November 21, 2021
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Teoso
Brooklyn, NY238 contributions
Jan. 2020
There's nothing to see here except a bunch of weather worn-dolls nailed to random things. There are also two toilets with the least privacy in the world in the area. You can safely skip this.
Written December 17, 2020
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ginger_jr
Milton Keynes, UK899 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This is a nice little trip is you want a boat ride.
Apart from that it’s pretty boring.

You see and few dolls.
Get harassed by lots of people selling things
Written February 24, 2020
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HappyHolidayerz
Hong Kong, China89 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
The trip to the dolls was equally as fun as reaching there. Do pack some drinks to enjoy on the trip as it can be a bit dull if you don't enjoy nature. The island itself was a bit eerie and great for photos, keeping in mind it's become a tourist attraction. It's about 3-4 hours trip and leaving from embercado Cuemenco was good as there was clear signage to indicate prices and just 1 representative to negotiate with!
Written June 26, 2019
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Krista M
Toronto, Canada63 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Friends
This was a highlight of our trip to Mexico City. A few things to know:
- it should be a 2 hour boat ride there, plus a 2 hour boat ride back (our ride was beautiful, didn't feel like 2 hours)
- you should expect to pay $2,000 pesos for the boat ride
- the entrance fee is $40 pesos each
- do your research!! The real doll island is:
- surrounded by bamboo fence
- very difficult to see from the water
- the boat ride is very peaceful and relaxing if you do not go to the tourist side of the boats
- I would strongly suggest that you hire a guide, tours by locals to take you
- This is not a nice place for young children! This is a spooky place, with a sad history,
Written March 16, 2019
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Amy Bonaduce
Seattle, WA42 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Couples
Go to the Embarcadero Cuemanco entrance. There are 11 docks at Xochimilco, so it can be confusing to know which one is the best for the Island of The Dolls. It should cost you around $100 USD (like $2,000 pesos) for a 4 hour trajinera regardless of how many people. Make sure you let your boat operator know that you want to go to the REAL doll island. We were lead to the fake one, but knew better and then were charged more money. Make the price and destination clear before departure. You can buy food and drinks, but I would suggest bringing you own.

Check out my full and detailed review on my travel blog. Link in bio!
Written February 7, 2019
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Sylwia L
Belfast, UK178 contributions
Oct. 2017 • Friends
Certainly, Isla de las Mu'necas, or The dolls' Island, makes a crazy impression on anyone who experiences a closer look.Even the very photos from this place seem to move, scare or sometimes hypnotize. People who are looking for dark and mysterious places come here from all over the world and admire the work of a man who was to appear a phantom.Currently, there are more than a thousand dolls on the island. The huge number of dolls that are on the island is to be a tribute to a girl who died a few years ago. This small, mysterious island is located in the south of Mexico City, in the Xochimilco district, which is abundantly cut by canals. The lake where the island is located is on the UNESCO World Heritage LIST.It is very beautiful there and it is worth to go there by boat. The island is an hour and half from Embarcadero Cuemanco. The only way to get to it is by trajinera.You have to be very careful of cheaters. On the way to the right island after about half way, there is a replica of a real island that very often takes tourists.
Written September 14, 2018
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margaretthecatlady
London, UK2 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Family
Absolutely terrible and horrifying! I took my 4 year old daughter here thinking it was a land of doll houses and happiness, but it was more like a horror maze of dead peoples lost toys. They should advertise it as what it is and not what they want people to think it is! Not the happy fairy tale I was hoping for.
Written March 13, 2018
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