Big Bend National Park Sights

Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico

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Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Big Bend residents and visitors are thrilled that Boquillas Crossing into Mexico, closed since 9/11, has finally reopened to U.S. citizens. Residents of both countries can now use the crossing, about 2 miles north of Rio Grande Village, from 9 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. A passport or birth certificate is required. Once a mining boomtown that fed off rich minerals and silver, Boquillas has shrunk to a small pool of families due in part to the closed border crossing, but there is a restaurant and bar on the other side, plus some shopping. U.S. citizens are allowed to bring back up to $200 in merchandise duty-free. Drive to the crossing past Rio Grande Village, from which you can access a $5 round-trip raft across the Rio Grande. The remaining ¾-mile to the village can be made on foot, by donkey ($5 round-trip), pickup truck ($5), or horseback ($8). If you do not return to the border by 6 pm, Sunday, you'll have an "extended stay" in Mexico until Wednesday.

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, Texas, USA

Website: www.nps.gov/bibe

Published 05/04/2017

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