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Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 2016 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - Mexico

On Monday, December 26th I made a trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila.  I avoid crossing into Mexico the last week of December as traffic is awful, actually the long lines begin with the start of Black Friday in November. I had several errands to run that I could not postpone any longer so bit the bullet. Clear sailing into Mexico but the line to come back to the USA was very long.

They built this town square at the entrance of Ciudad Acuña a few years back. It probably will no longer be here next year as they announced that a new state of the art Mexican Customs installations will begin construction here in the coming year.

The streets were very crowded and it took me several trips around the block before I ultimately found a parking space and then had to walk three blocks.

This was the going rate down Exchange Rate Alley.  The dollar is at an all time high and the Mexican Peso has really tanked so you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

Gasoline prices are set to go up on Jan 1st.  In other parts of Mexico dealers are stock piling and not selling their product to take advantage of the price increase.  That is not the case in Ciudad Acuña, not even a waiting line.  Those that have American visas cross and fill up their tanks in Del Rio anyway.

Today I had to go to the north part of the city so I only stopped at Aurrera and Soriana.

People selling their piñatas.

As expected the lines to cross back were long. Though they are not supposed to, Mexican street vendors sell their wares up and down the International bridge. This guy sold quite a few canteens.

They were even selling cotton candy.  I can't even remember the last time I ate one.

Night fell and I was still in line. It took me one hour and 43 minutes to cross back into the States.

I could not help but laugh as I noticed the license plate in front of me.  We would definitively not have that letter combination in the USA :D

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. I would love to go there and see it for myself, but only when there are no crowds and long lines!

    1. That would be my advice to those wanting to cross into Mexico.

      The border town closest to you would be in Tijuana (487 miles from your location). It is the busiest crossing port in all the world, not just in Christmas but all the time. I would just have to pass on that :(

  2. I couldn't help but laugh when you spoke about the new border patrol station being built next year. I wonder if it will match up with El Jefe Trump's wall? ha ha ha ha ha Miss hearing from you MsB.

    1. Ciudad Acuña does not have our equivalent of a Border Patrol station, just a Mexican Customs office. In Del Rio, we already have a border wall that is located about half a mile from the Rio Grande, somewhere in this blog I have pictures of it in different locations along Del Rio, Texas.

      Nice to hear from you Mr. Rat please give my regards to Mrs. Rat.

  3. Thanks for the tour & the shot of the amusing licence plate.

  4. Thanks for the trip pics, Ms. B! I always enjoy these, they make us feel almost like we got to tag along for the ride.

    Wishing you a very belated Merry Christmas and a just-under-the-wire Happy & Healthy New Year to you, your Mom, your Terlingua camping pals, Walter, Tammie & Oscar and the rest of your ever-expanding menagerie! [And I hope all your animals aren't too traumatized by the fireworks out in your neck of the woo..er, Texas sage tonight.]

    1. Happy New Year's to you and yours Leilani.

      Tammie went partying have not seen her since this afternoon. Poor Oscar is hiding behind the washing machine :(


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