Mexico City is a vast metropolis with art galleries and other "normal" attractions to explore including Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple dating back to the 13th century and the Palacio Nacional, which exhibits the work of artist Diego Rivera,

Here we look at the more unusual side of the capital of Mexico, including an eerie island with hundreds of dolls hanging in the trees, a market selling items relating to mysticism and witchcraft, a museum of mummies, another with vintage toys and a dilapidated former luxury hotel.

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La Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) - Parque Ecológico De Xochimilc, Mexico City, Mexico

Don Julian Santana left his family and moved to this island in the Teshuila Lake 50 years ago. Legend said a young girl had drowned in the lake, so Santana dedicated his life to honouring her soul with a collection of dolls. It is now an eerie place to visit, with hundreds of dolls found in the rubbish near his home and hanging in the trees in an eerie tableau. Santana also decorated his cabin with dolls, wearing sunglasses, head dresses and other fashion. Chucky, anyone?

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Mercado de Sonora - Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 419, Merced Balbuena, Mexico City

The esoteric Sonora Market has something for everyone who believes in magic (black or white), natural healing and mysticism. As noted by Broadly, vendors offer items like a holy water spray, ritual pamphlets, a magic soap, animals, vegetables and fruits.

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