On a recent trip to West Texas, we took a day trip across the border to the beautiful little town of Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico. Nestled in Big Bend National Park just on the other side of the Rio Grande river, Boquillas was once an easy stopover for tourists. Unfortunately, the unofficial border crossings were closed in the wake of 9/11 and the village’s economy was deeply affected. After more than a decade, the port of entry re-opened in spring of 2014 and the sleepy little town is drawing in tourists once more. After a short walk to the river, you’re greeted by locals with rowboats waiting to take you across. Once on the other side, you are given the option of horses, burros or trucks for transport into town. Take the burro ride for the experience!
Time seems to stand still in this sleepy little town. Sip on an Indio with the backdrop of the Chisos Mountains at Falcon’s (one of two restaurants in town.) Be sure to stop by the bar for a shot of Mezcal and a game of pool. Swing by the ‘souvenir shop’ next to the restaurant before you head back. A poncho or Mexican blanket purchase is a great way to support the local economy. The US border office closes at 6 pm so plan accordingly.