I had a lot of errands to run so the time flew by. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your vantage point Ciudad Acuña is experiencing vast growth much like Del Rio. Neither can continue to be categorized as "sleepy border towns".
The parking is a nightmare but at least they did away with parking meters to encourage tourism so the population is no longer subjected to fines...of which I have been at the receiving end of a couple. I found an out of the way parking spot and made my way around town on foot.
With the expansion of Ciudad Acuña to the northern part of the city, they moved the Palacio Presidencial (Presidential Palace) out of the downtown district several years ago. I have featured its modern design on various blog posts in the past.
The former location by the old town square started undergoing a renovation recently. As I walked around I noticed that it was a smaller version of the current Presidental Palace.
Finally was able to cash in on Tuesday specials of Martes de Cosecha (Harvest Tuesday) at Gutierrez. Even though most people go early there were still crowds in the afternoon with long lines to check out. Customers were buying cartons of tomatoes, onions, and other produce which leads me to believe that they probably have a small restaurant or taco stand.
The line back home was long, compounded by the fact that they only had two lanes open...the fast lane with nothing to declare...and a regular one. They finally opened an additional one when I was about to reach customs and quickly switched lanes.
|A look at the line behind me. No wonder they opened up|
an additional lane!
Forgot to mention that effective this month the toll rate went up to $4.00 to cross from Del Rio into Ciudad Acuña. That rate is set by the Del Rio City Council. The toll to cross from Ciudad Acuña to Del Rio remains the same $28.00 Mexican Pesos depending on the daily exchange rate about $1.65 USD.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.