Boquillas Port of Entry Reopens 4/10/13
April 10, 2013
Big Bend/Boquillas, MX - Hidden within the big bend mountains is a village that has waited years to come back to life.
After a boat ride or a walk across the Rio Grande a horse awaits then takes you to the small town of Boquillas, Mexico. There tourists can eat, shop, and enjoy the atmosphere.
83-year-old Joaquin Sanchez Luna has lived in this area his entire life.
He says he performed to anyone who wanted to listen.
But after the 9/11 attacks the Boquillas Port of Entry closed...silencing the city.
"This abandoned building was Mr. Castillo's store,"
Maribel Falcon points out the scares it left behind.
Without the tourism..many families like hers were forced apart in order to make another living.
12-years-later after a new building for headquarters was put on place, The Port of Entry is open and Maribel is back.
"I'm so excited to be here once again reminds me of beautiful memories I ran around in this place I went to school here, my family lives here," she said.
Boquillas' long lost visitors are returning.
"It's still the same place and that's great," said one tourist.
"It was fun to reconnect with them after so many years, now I brought my daughter," said another tourist.
Now Big Bend has a missing part of its culture back where it belongs.
Once you get back, the park requires travelers to scan their passport in the kiosk and talk to customs in El Paso over the phone, Once they're cleared they're good to go.
Just make sure you get back before 6p.m. or you might be staying over night in Mexico because The Boquillas Port of Entry closes and reopens at 9 a.m.