When we checked in at the Big Bend National Park’s Rio Grande Village RV Campground, the store clerk mentioned an excursion across the border that enters Mexico from the park. It was only offered certain days of the week, this day happened to be one of them. He tells us to get to Mexico, we would need to cross the Rio Grande River in a small row boat and ride donkeys in to town. I laughed out loud, “Oh wait, you’re serious? Sign us up!” So, we dropped our rig lightning fast and headed off to the Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry.
After showing our passports and ID at Boquillas Crossing we were told to watch out for the mud and sent on our way down the path.
After some slipping around in the mud, we finally found the boat launch!
Riding a row boat across the Rio Grande river into Boquillas, Mexico
Our guides had mad skill, that is hard work fighting the current to get goofy tourists safely across. The ride is $5 per person and tips are appreciated.
After the boat ride we arrived in Mexico, where we were immediately greeted by the guides who picked out the best donkeys for us and took us into town. The guides work on tips alone.
Riding donkeys into Boquillas, Mexico
Once in town, our passports were stamped and our guide stuck with us we explored.
Now, that is authentic Mexican food!
Boquillas had no electricity until 2015 when a solar array was installed.
Quoted text copied from San Antonio Express News, March 14, 2015
Financed by the World Bank, designed by German technicians and installed by Bulgarian engineers, the $1.5 million solar energy system has 312 electrical panels that will provide electricity to 70 houses.
This trip was not on our radar, don’t be afraid to stray from the plan, try new things and explore. This was an amazing experience that we won’t soon forget.