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April 10, 2015 will mark two years since the opening of the nation’s newest port of entry, Boquillas Crossing in Big Bend National Park. Boquillas was originally a mining town which by 1896 had 2000 inhabitants. The mines became unprofitable at a certain point and after Big Bend National Park was inaugurated in June of 1944, the remaining inhabitants of Boquillas del Carmen began to offer an interesting place for tourists to visit, ride a burro, have a meal, beverage, and perhaps venture further south into the remote Maderas del Carmen, since 1994 a Mexican Natural Protected Area.  After the opening of Boquillas Port of Entry, families have returned to their homes and since then almost 20,000 visitors haven taken the short boat ride across the Rio Grande to the tiny town lost in time, to ride a burro, eat some tacos, have a refreshing beverage,  and take a time out to enjoy the warm hospitality offered by the people of Boquillas del Carmen.

Gabriel and Fermin on high water Rio Grande ...

Almost all the Boquillas handicrafts depict local flora and fauna, but we found this wire and bead "Oso Hormiguero", literally, "Ant Bear" that is native to the rain forest of southeastern Mexico and Central America. We enjoy seeing the better local artisans experiment with new forms and develop new skills. ...

Boquillas is known for its local handicrafts. Everybody knows about the wire scorpion and the hand carved and painted walking stick, but Boquillas artisans, inspired by their desert home, make a variety of items, including this bead and wire sculpture of a hummingbird feeding on an Ocotillo blossom. We are working on our website to be able to offer some of these items on-line, and we are interested in contacting gift shops around Texas who might be interested in carrying artwork from Boquillas. ...

We had such a positive reaction to our canoe/hike combination tours this last Spring that we are going to crank them back up again beginning October 1, 2017. Its a pretty full day of activity for a very reasonable price. Easy paddling combined with a hike into Boquillas Canyon. Check it out at boquillas.org/guided-tours/ ...

Had a great time visiting Boquillas on Friday. It was my first visit to Mexico! I appreciated the tour by Eduardo and the delicious lunch at the Boquillas Restaurant. ...