Today we will travel to Boquillas, Mexico; you will need your passport or other approved documentation. Also, you may want to bring a little cash as there are several shops with items for sale. We will be on our feet a lot today and will hike approximately 4 miles.
Homemade breakfast bar at Tivo's Place at the Longhorn Ranch Motel; this includes a hot breakfast with plenty of variety and a few items changing daily.
This morning we will travel to the east side of Big Bend National Park. Our first hike is to Boquillas Canyon, 1.4 miles (moderate). The canyon towers 1,500 feet overhead with its sheer vertical rock cliff walls. The trail winds through the riparian zone (a hot spot for birding), passing many metates, and ending at a pebble beach on the Rio Grande. After this, we will go through the American Port of Entry, the only "Class B" Port of Entry on the Mexican border, on our way to Boquillas, Mexico. Once at the river, we will ride a small ferry boat across the Rio Grande. Next, we will hike into the little village of Boquillas, 2.4 miles (easy), where the main mode of transportation is the burro, most people use wood fired cook stoves, and the families live in one room houses that are painted brightly every color of the rainbow. Once in Boquillas, we go through the Mexican Port of Entry.
On a shaded deck that overlooks the Rio Grande, we will enjoy tacos cooked up by Lilia at her family restaurant, Falcon’s. Homemade margaritas, cold Cerveza, Coca Cola, and Aqua Mineral are all pleasing choices. (Lilia makes sure her food is safe, using bottled water to wash veggies and make ice.)
After lunch we will walk around this three block town, stop off at the Park Bar, and do a little exploring. We will also explore the church, school, clinic, and their new solar field. We will wrap up the afternoon by heading back across the border into the US.
Tonight we will head up to the Chisos Mountains Restaurant for dinner with a view.