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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mexican Theme Park Offers Fake Border Crossing

Visitors to the Parque EcoAlberto in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo await instructions for their fake illegal broder crossing. (Irina Zhorov/Fronteras)

Visitors to the Parque EcoAlberto in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo await instructions for their fake illegal broder crossing. (Irina Zhorov/Fronteras)

In the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, in a park called EcoAlberto, there’s a recreational attraction that offers visitors hot springs, rappelling and more recently, the thrills and chills of an illegal border crossing.

The real border is nearly 800 miles away, but this simulated crossing run by the indigenous HñaHñu community takes visitors through a fake U.S.-Mexico crossing, complete with smugglers and the threat of border patrol agents.

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