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Quote from: TxGypsyGal on July 28, 2018, 05:05:51 PMCan I sneak in and further this conversation with more questions? March will be my 3rd trip to BBNP with my 3 kiddos. They’re a far cry from the the tiny tots I took 3 years ago. They’ll be 6,8,&10 this trip! I’d like to consider crossing into Boquillas this year, but unsure if I should while traveling alone with 3 younger children. Thoughts?Absolutely not a problem and the kids will likely remember it fondly for the rest of their lives. The folks in Boquillas will take great care of you and the kiddos.
Can I sneak in and further this conversation with more questions? March will be my 3rd trip to BBNP with my 3 kiddos. They’re a far cry from the the tiny tots I took 3 years ago. They’ll be 6,8,&10 this trip! I’d like to consider crossing into Boquillas this year, but unsure if I should while traveling alone with 3 younger children. Thoughts?
Suggest you check on border crossing procedures with minors. I don't have any now and when I did there was no one watching or concerned about who went what direction or how they got across the river. Undoubtedly, things have become more complicated with kids (but not to the point of missing the experience).
of course you will have to have passports for the kids too.
Traveling with ChildrenWhen U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 arrive by land or sea from Canada or Mexico they may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate.Unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the child must have a notarized letter from the other parent or signed by both parents stating, "I acknowledge that my son/daughter is traveling outside the country with [the name of the adult] with my permission."
Thanks, all! I appreciate the advice and the stories from border crossing in the years pre-9/11. I called, and confirmed that they will likely be following the winter schedule in October, which is preferable given our travel dates. Of course, they won't make any guarantees and reserve the right to change the schedule without advance notice. If the port of entry is open when we are there, we will definitely prioritize a visit to Boquillas del Carmen. I look forward to my kids getting to personally experience the border and the people who live and work in a small Mexican border village, so that they can better interpret what they are seeing in the media and hearing in the political debates. Plus, my son loves to get stamps in his passport!
That said, they need to upgrade their stamp or get better ink. It's nothing to get excited about, can barely read it.
Count me as thinking totally safe to bring kids there, and I think it'd be a great experience they won't forget. If you want to see a world where everyone isn't plugged into the internet 24/7 and electricity is a luxury, this is it.
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