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Boquillas Crossing

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Offline EdB

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2013, 01:18:55 PM »
I've got a valid passport with the ID chip but am stuck here in Houston!

You and me both. Although I don't have a chip. Would someone who goes confirm the need for the chip?

I don't know that you need the chip but it would probably make things go more smoothly. They have had remote crossings on the Canadian border for a long time, well before any passport had a chip so I don't see why this remote crossing would be different. Scan the chipped passport or show the older-type passport via remote camera - it should work either way.

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2013, 05:31:34 PM »
From the Terlingua Moon and Cynta:

From: Cynta
Date: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Subject: FW: Boquillas Crossing is now open
To: Terlingua Moon <terlinguamoon@gmail.com>


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Today, April 10th 2013 was planned as a test day for the opening at Boquillas.
So many things needed to be ironed out, perfected, check and re-checked.
But first thing this morning, Boquillas Crossing was open for visitors.
 
This could never have happened without Ernesto Hernandez.
Uncle Steve and Mike Davidson got together to validate the crossing boat (which Mike Davidson piloted, rowing people back and forth all day).
The decision to really go ahead with this was not made until late Monday afternoon (36 hours before the actual opening).
But just imagine all the political, cultural entities involved in pulling together for this little town.
Everyone of them needs to be congratulated:  The Mexican Government, The Park Service, Homeland Security, the State of Coahuila,
the Protected Area of the Sierra del Carmen, among so many others.  This is just fantastic.
 
Some things to keep in mind:
 
The crossing is open Wednesday through Sunday 9 to 5:30.
You miss the last boat on Sunday, you are stuck until Wednesday morn.
You need a valid passport (ignore the rumors about the chip) or passport card
When you get to Mexico there are immigration officers who will ask you to fill out a short visa application.
Just remember to turn it back into them before you leave town at the end of your visit.
 
You cannot bring alcohol back.
This is not an importation port; that means nothing can be brought back to this side for resale.
There is a $200 purchase limit on goods brought back to the US
You cannot bring clothing, food etc. to the people of Mexico through this port (the Mexican Government has issued this).
 
Have a great time.
Restaurants are open, bars, etc.
There are children selling trinkets, some women with textiles for sale,
horse rides and truck rides up from the river
Remember to tip your boatman
 
A woman in the parking lot asked if the people of Boquillas would barter and did I get any good deals.
I said "Ma'am, we are buying everything in sight and giving our money to them.  Perched here waiting for almost 11 years
and you are hoping to make a deal???"
 
Go visit now.
It's safe, clean and very, very ready for you!!!
 
Yee Haw!


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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2013, 06:10:54 PM »
Everything seems to be described from the American standpoint. What about Mexicans wanting to come over to the Park? Does the POE process Mexican passports also?  :eusa_eh:

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2013, 06:48:40 PM »
desertflwr thanks for that article, it is good to see things happening so well, so far.  I agree with the sentiment about waiting 11 years and wanting a good deal.  Really lady!?   :eusa_hand:
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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2013, 09:38:23 PM »
desertflwr thanks for that article, it is good to see things happening so well, so far.  I agree with the sentiment about waiting 11 years and wanting a good deal.  Really lady!?   :eusa_hand:
Cynta never said the woman was a lady. Just sayin'.

P.S. Someone needs to get Cynta active on here.

Nice article here:
http://alpinedailyplanet.typepad.com/alpine-daily-planet/2013/04/south-county-bureau-report-its-open-boquillas-welcomes-us-visitors-officials-media-folks.html
Good work, Voni!
« Last Edit: April 10, 2013, 09:52:15 PM by RichardM »

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2013, 11:12:10 PM »
Great News!  Congratulations and thank you to all who made the reopening happen! 

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2013, 12:06:42 AM »
That's cool Voni that you made day 1.
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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2013, 07:42:34 AM »
desertflwr thanks for that article, it is good to see things happening so well, so far.  I agree with the sentiment about waiting 11 years and wanting a good deal.  Really lady!?   :eusa_hand:

You're welcome.   :icon_smile:
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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2013, 08:36:33 AM »
i am a permanent resident with a greencard and a EU (german) passport...i wonder if i can use that to cross?

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2013, 10:08:49 AM »
So glad this has happened. Thanks to everyone who made it possible
Any word on the old fellow who used to call himself the mayor of Boquillas?
Did anyone get any information about the possibility of staying a few nights in Boquillas, if there are any plans for accommodations?

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2013, 11:40:14 AM »
Very cool. Can't wait to go!

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2013, 12:25:15 PM »

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2013, 08:06:58 AM »
It was the most amazing day!

For lots more go to Marfa Public Radio website, as well as my pictures here:

http://vonig.smugmug.com/BigBendofTexas/Boquillas-Crossing-Soft/28853990_n4MZPn#%21i=2450951936&k=ddwmVTj

There's a video I took of Victor singing his heart out on the Streets of Boquillas instead of in the River.  I was shaking with almost as much emotion as he was!

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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2013, 08:11:44 AM »


Click and it will take you to the video.  I can't even imagine how long he's dreamed of this day!
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Re: Boquillas Crossing
« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2014, 03:53:56 PM »
Planning a trip to the Bend with friends, is Boquillas open.
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.

 


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