After hiking into the Boquillas canyon, we drove a short 5-10 minute ride to the border crossing. You don’t need your passport to leave but we were given instructions on things not to bring back. (certain kinds of stones, walking sticks wrapped in snake skin… not what we were going for!) Six people at a time could sit in the row boat while a man rowed like mad against the swift current to get to the other side. The cost was $5, then another $5 if you wanted to ride a donkey (round trip) approximately 1 mile into town. This was a really cool experience.
Next we needed to go into the Mexico immigration station and show our passports. It was another $7 to enter. There are about 50 familes that live in this tiny town. Immediately children come up to you to sell handmade trinkets and wrist bands. Our plan was to have lunch at one of the two restaurants (both serving Mexican food) and walk around.
We had a nice view of the Rio Grande and they had really good beef tacos, margaritas, chips and salsa. Their guacamole was really good too… and they ran out. The closest store to replenish….3 hours a way. Not much really grows in the dessert, it would be hard to survive here.
After lunch some of the group bought t-shirts and we walked around the town. It’s pretty obvious how the local population feels about the current political view of the United States leadership.
You have to pass by immigration once more to check out and hop on the donkey to ride back. Customs processing is electronic now on the USA side, you slip your passport into a machine/kiosk and talk on the phone to a customs officer and your back in. By this time it was pretty hot and the hot springs were close by. Time to take a refreshing dip?
It’s about 3/4 of a mile to the hot springs and we had some people that had been here before. On a hot day like this, one very adventurous lady jumped in the Rio Grande and rode the current to the springs. Looking at the mini rapids, you can see that is pretty daring. When we did the kayak trip there are parts that are shallow and deep, you can’t really see when it’s deep or when it’s shallow.
The spring is about 105 degrees and you can hang over the side and be in 75 degree water. This place was pretty popular, many people started coming in. We hung out and enjoyed every bit of it!
The last night dinner was a chicken fajita bowl and we all sat around an off the ground fire pit. I wasn’t close enough to see how they made it, but we weren’t able to have wood burning. The plan was for the last night to be a costume party. Some dressed up, others did not. Either way it was entertaining.
Upon sun up, everyone started breaking down camp. I took US 90 back and followed a person from Houston home. The ride back was pleasant. There are some really desolate towns on the way and it’s interesting to see that there are people who live in these tiny towns.
Best road trip ever! I am now inspired to do more.