Say hello to your nightmares: Mexico’s island of decaying dolls

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 28 December 2013

Xochimilco might be the creepiest place on Earth. This man-made island is in a southern borough of Mexico City and named La Isla de las Muñecas (The Island of the Dolls). Except these dolls are decaying. They’re hanging from clotheslines. Their skin is scabbed and their eyes stare at you. Or so they say. Legend has it that in 1950, a little girl drowned in the canal here and her spirit began haunting the place.

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Welcome to San Pedro Sula, the most violent city on earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 20 December 2013

With a murder rate of 169 per 100,000 people in 2011, San Pedro Sula was named the world’s most violent city in a study by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. Inmates have controlled Honduras’ 24 prisons ‘since the state gave up on rehabilitating convicts’ and arms and drug trafficking have ‘flooded the country’ to make matters worse.

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Contemporary Mexican artist, Saner

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Wednesday 11 December 2013

Mexican street artist Saner creates incredible, colourful, detailed ink drawings, sculptures and acrylic paintings, many of which end up as dramatic murals all over the world. His is so highly regarded now that his latest exhibition, El Cenit Del Venado, at Fifty24MX Gallery in Mexico City was already almost completely sold out after just the […]

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Photos of Dia de los Muertos festivities in Mexico

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 12 November 2013

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos as it’s known in Spanish, took place in Mexico in early November with beautiful imagery captured of the celebrations. Honoring the lives of lost family members and friends, this festival sees alters full of candles and food, bunches of marigold flowers set upon graves, ‘pan de […]

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This library in Mexico doubles up as a playground

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 11 November 2013

What kind of trickery is this? Niños Conarte from branding agency Anagrama created a vibrant playground out of a library Monterrey’s Fundidora Park with more space to play than you’ll find in most libraries, and we don’t mean hide and seek. The bright geometric bookshelves — which resemble mountainscapes in a nod to the topography […]

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Monterrey library is a reading space, playroom and climbing experience

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 31 October 2013

Take a look at this library in Monterrey, Mexico. Designed by the team at Anagrama, the Children’s Library and Culture Center lies inside a warehouse-like building and boasts an incredibly modern design that sees neon rafters and shelves offset by angular shaped shelving and flooring.

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Photos of Mexico’s all-female Vigilante Justice Squad

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 October 2013

These extraordinary pictures demonstrate the efforts of the first all-female armed Citizen Police group in Xaltianguis, Mexico (25 miles north of Acapulco). Formed this past summer, housewives, mothers and even grandmothers banded together to make their town safer amid the violence and corruption of the region (60k people dead since the country took a tough stand on drug cartels in 2006).

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Breathtaking photo of Mexican suburb

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Wednesday 18 September 2013

I was scrolling through National Geographic’s Photo of the Day archives and spotted this absolutely bizarre one. The photographer had cruised over this housing complex on the edge of Mexico City a few times before snapping the shot, and managed to catch it as the late afternoon sun illuminated the confectionery shop-style houses. It’s both […]

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Pyrotechnic Festival in Mexico: photos by Thomas Prior

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 September 2013

Every year since 1989, the National Protechnic Festival has been lighting up the skies and streets of the municipality of Tultepec, State of Mexico. Attracting over 100,000 people to the nine-day event, the festival is literally just a huge crowd of people lighting spectacular fireworks and burning castles. Thanks to photographer Thomas Prior, we can see the action take place from […]

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Live and let live in Mexico: photos by Carlos Alvarez Montero

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Mexico: it’s not only about beautiful beaches, Speedy Gonzales, and huge sombreros. There are many sides to this magical country most of us will never see because it’s not accessible. So Mexico City-born photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero does a very good job with his photo series’, which explore the relationship between appearance and the creation […]

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Surfing killer whales

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By Annie Churdar in Video on Wednesday 26 June 2013

This video is crazy! Can you imagine being chase by killer whales? Well, that’s what happened to this couple when they took a vacation to La Paz, Mexico. While out on their mall dive boat, about 20 killer whales began “surfing” behind them and performing tricks like jumping out of the water.

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Photos of Hunter S. Thompson doing nothing, just sitting around

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Photographer Al Satterwhite spent an obscene amount of time in 1974 shooting Hunter S Thompson for Playboy in Cozumel, a small Caribbean island off the coast of Yucatan, Mexico.

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What Barbie looks like without make-up

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Monday 15 April 2013

We’ve all seen the pap’ vie to capture celebs au naturel. Mexican artist Eddi Aguirre has gone that one step further to show us what precious, perfect Barbie would look like without her cake face.

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La Pelicula: a film about narco trafficking in Tijuana

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By Franck Deron in New Film on Friday 5 April 2013

In 2012 my friend set out to make a narco trafficking movie in Tijuana, Mexico. Little did he know that during the pre-production process he’d become engulfed in an infernal spirale. What follows is a movie that blurs the line between reality and fiction, life and fantasy. Checo Rubio pursued his passion for filmmaking further […]

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Sleek Mexican Taqueria at San Pedro, just outside Monterrey

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 March 2013

Step into most Mexican taquerías and sophisticated is not the first word that comes to mind. Delicious? More often than not. But taquerías are indoor/ outdoor spaces where the smell of pork roasting on a spit and plastic cups of hotter-than-thou salsas count as ambience. Taquería Canalla in San Pedro, just outside Monterrey, is looking […]

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