Cuatro Cienegas, Ocampo and Muzquiz: 4 days, 3 nights
Meet the guides at Boquillas Crossing. We will likely be driving in an 18 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. After operating a couple of successful trips, what makes most sense is to drive all the way to Cuatro Cienegas the first day. (Note: In fall of 2022, we will be offering departures from Del Rio as well, and also offering a few trips extended to 5 days).
About 3.5 hours down the road, we stop at El Nacimiento, the home of the Negros Mascogos, descendants from Black Seminole Indians who fled to Mexico in 1852 to avoid slavery. We will enjoy beautiful meal, made from locally grown fresh ingredients. After lunch, we drive another 3 hours to our hotel in Cuatro Cienegas.
After breakfast in town at 8:00am we begin our explorations. Cuatro Cienegas is known worldwide for complex karst geology, extensive wetlands and ponds, and a gypsum dune field similar to White Sands National Park. 4C is a Mexican Natural Protected area and a United Nations World Heritage site. The town of Cuatro Cienegas is a Magic Pueblo, with a traditional town square, attractive accommodations, and a variety of restaurants. Mexican revolutionary leader Venustiano Carranza was from Cuatro Cienegas; our tour may include a visit to a museum dedicated to his life. We will visit the Protected Natural Area, with its gypsum dunes, and Pozo Azul, the Blue Hole. We will visit a privately owned lake for swimming and kayaking.
About 4 pm we will drive an hour to Ocampo, an authentic Mexican town completely untouched by tourism. It is a literal oasis with abundant water and tall trees surrounding the town square. Hotel San Francisco is reserved just for us, which features lovely landscaping and a small swimming pool. We plan to have a traditional Mexican "temascal", or sweat lodge, in the late afternoon before dinner. Since there is no restaurant available to serve us dinner, our evening meal will be catered at the hotel.
After breakfast in a private home, we walk with the local historian and check out the local architecture which features thick adobe and stone walls and high ceilings. We will tour Parque La Mota (The Grove), where we find abundant springs that are channeled into swimming pools surrounded by ancient cypress trees, before nourishing orchards of walnut, pecan, peach and a variety of agricultural products.
Noon we return to Cuatro Cienegas, where we will have time to take another swim, or continue exploring the historic downtown. We will grab an expedient lunch and head to Muzquiz, a drive of 2.5 hours
Muzquiz was founded in 1735 as Santa Rosa Maria del Sacramento. It is located in a sliver of Tamaulipan Scrub/Thorn habitat with a completely different aspect from the surrounding desert. Muzquiz is a Pueblo Magico, with a lovely town square and cathedral. Overnight in Muzquiz.
After an 8:00am breakfast we tour the historic town center and at 10:30 hit the road north towards Boquillas and the US border. The drive is about 3.5 hours, which is pavede xcept for the last 25 miles. We should arrive in Boquillas shortly after 2:00 pm, in time to have another delicious meal together before we cross the Rio Grande before 4:00pm, when the Port Of Entry closes.
Cost of the 4 day trip is $750 per person for 4 days, based on double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $100. The 5 day version is $875. All meals are provided; alcoholic beverages not included. A $250 per person deposit reserves your space. Upon receipt of your deposit, you will receive a confirmation via email with a check list of what to bring and a health/diet questionnaire. We can operate a trip with a minimum of 4 participants, and a maximum of 8-10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 432 386-5635 for information about dates and availability.
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