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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Ever wonder what it's like to sneak across a border, but never had the nerve to try it? Well now you can, risk free!
If high risk, and living on the edge, is what does it for you, you can still play the old fashioned way. You can drive into Mexico, leave your rental car there, then try to sneak back across the Rio Grande without getting caught. If you want to try a crossing just for grins though, you now have that option too.
You'll have to drive a little further south, to a place called Eco Alberto Nature Park, which is about 700 miles into Mexico. The park sits on communal land owned by the Hnahnu villagers, an indigenous people who historically have stayed away the mainstream. Times have changed, and the Hnahnu's have adapted.
Upon arrival, you will be taken to join a small isolated group, each of who, like you, has paid 150 pesos [about $15] to spend a night as an illegal immigrant crossing the Rio Grande. Being so far away from the United States border hasn't deterred the Hnahnu's in the least. They've done all that they can to insure your night in the park seems like the real thing.
It starts with your guide, named Poncho, who will 'smuggle' you across. Even though he wears a ski mask, you've decided to put your welfare in his hands. Poncho has made the real crossing himself a number of times, as have most of the people in the village. Redesigning the park to simulate a border crossing was a no-brainer, if you think about it. Everything along the journey was drawn from life experience. It's just what they do, and as any good entrepreneur knows, you do what you know best.
Your trip starts at dusk, when you're loaded into trucks, and driven out across corn fields. By the time you reach the mock border, some six hours later, you've slid down canyon walls, slogged through the mud, climbed fences, and hidden in tunnels while sirens were wailing. You were hiding, of course, because the Border Patrol was chasing you. As many as 70 villagers take part in the recreation.
Throughout most of the night, you've felt that adrenaline rush, and don't care that your designer jeans got dirty. You've experienced, or so you think, what it's like to make that journey, and caught it all on your brand new digital video camera.
Republished from Exit 4
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posted by John Pangia at 8:45 AM
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