There is a row boat with a trained oarsman that is available for crossing. The cost is $5 round trip, children 7 and younger $1. Tickets are purchased directly from a Boquillas Internationally Ferry representative upon landing in Mexico. Coast guard approved life jackets are available for all passengers which are optional for adults. Regulations require that children 13 and under wear one; sizes to fit infants and toddlers are available.
Crossing on FootWhen the river is low, some people choose to wade the river, which they do at their own risk. The fees generated by the ferry contribute to the livelihood of the people involved in the operation and 8 families.
Walking to Village
The landing is approximately 3/4 mile from the village, some people choose to walk, and a friendly local guide can accompany you for a gratuity.
Horse or Burro to Village
More popular is the choice to take a burro or horse. Horses run $15 per person round trip, and burros $10. A local guide will accompany you, show you the town, and stay close until you are ready to return. Visitors may also ride in a pick up for $10 per head. Gratuities for good service are always appreciated.
Most people who visit Boquillas take a walk through town, where many of the residences display local handicrafts such as wire sculptures of scorpions, road runners, lizards and ocotillos. There are also embroidered textiles and ceramics, most of which are not locally made. The prices for these are very reasonable.
Most visitors enjoy a meal at one of the two local restaurants. Jose Falcon’s restaurant has been a mainstay of the local tourism business for many years. They have recently expanded and have a very pleasant atmosphere overlooking the Rio Grande. Immediately across the street is Boquillas restaurant, operated by another branch of the Falcon family. The food in both places is simple, fresh, and good. Check the menus at both places and see what they have to offer.
More extensive tour possibilities are available such as canoe, hiking and horseback combinations, overnight trips to Casa Piedra , and multi-day trips to Muzquiz, Cuatro Cienegas, and Ocampo. Click for more info