A Not So Quick Trip Into Mexico From El Paso, TX – Day 110

A Not So Quick Trip Into Mexico From El Paso, TX – Day 110
27 Dec

No trip to El Paso, Texas would be complete without a quick trip into Mexico.

Well, at least that is what we thought when we crossed the border into Texas earlier today.

El Paso is located on the western edge of Texas, just minutes from Juarez, Mexico.

Neither of us had been to Mexico before. And because we made it across the Canadian border while we were on our whale watching trip in Washington, we decided that we had to make a trip into Mexico as well.

The Border of Mexico
As we were crossing over one of The Bridges of America, we noticed the wall that separated the two countries, and the dry Rio Grande river bed.

So after we dropped our camper off at our location for the night, we decided to make a quick trip across the border.

A Trip Into Mexico

Before leaving, we made sure we had our passports. Then we jumped in the truck and made the drive to the border.

Within about 15 minutes we were crossing over one of the four bridges that connect Texas and Mexico. As we crossed over The Bridges of America we could see the Rio Grande River bed and the wall that divides the two countries.

On the other side of the bridge was the Mexican border patrol. We had our passports in hand, ready to show the officer.

trip into Mexico
After we were into Mexico, we realized that it wasn’t going to be a quick trip at all.

However, after going through an automated license scanner, we were just waved into the streets of Mexico. No stopping, no questions, and no passport checks.

However, within seconds of driving into Mexico, we knew that this wouldn’t be a quick trip at all!

On the other side of the street, was the longest line of cars that I had ever seen, waiting to enter into the United States.

mexico hospital
As we sat and waited we noticed a Mexican hospital on the side street.

What we had planned to be a quick, 20 minute trip in and out of Mexico was surely not going to happen.

The Streets of Mexico

We decided that we would immediately turn around and get in line to head back to El Paso.

The problem was, that the traffic heading back to the U.S.A. was at least 3 miles long.

As soon as we passed the last car in line, we turned around. We took a deep breath and began the waiting process.

trip into mexico
Not only did you have people walking around trying to sell you things, you had full vendor carts in the middle of traffic.

We laughed as we realized that what we thought was going to be a quick trip into Mexico was going to be anything but.

Taking in the Views

So we decided to sit back, relax and take in the views. The first thing that we noticed was the tremendous amount of medical and dental facilities.

There were dental offices everywhere! In fact, in one tiny strip mall there were 3 dental offices side by side.

Then off on a side street we noticed a hospital. And it wasn’t anything like we are used to in the United States.

gorditas stand
You can even buy freshly made Gorditas if you are hungry while you wait to cross the border.

But the most interesting sights that we saw were the vendors that were on the streets.

And by on the streets, I mean, they either walked or were stationed in between the 3 lanes of traffic.

There were people trying to make money washing windshields. And there were several people walking between the lanes of cars selling flash drives, DVD’s, sunglasses, cigarettes and more.

Then in the middle of the lanes of traffic there were vendor booths selling food and drinks.

Mexico exit
We were never so happy to see the Mexico exit toll booth at the border.

From prepackaged foods to cooking Gorditas right in the middle of the street, we saw it all!

To say the least, our trip into Mexico was quite interesting. And after a 3 hour excursion, we were finally, and happily back in the United States!

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary


  • Day 110 of 365
  • States : 15/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 17
  • Stayed In : El Paso, Texas
  • Miles Driven : 93.8
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 12,195.6
  • Total Gallons Used : 883.74
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 152.8
  • Hiking Miles : 0.0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 263.2

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4 thoughts on “A Not So Quick Trip Into Mexico From El Paso, TX – Day 110

  1. Oh Jim and Mary I had to laugh but I did feel kind of bad that your trip to Mexico wasn’t what you expected. What time of day was it that you tried this adventure? Would it of made a difference if you had tried a different time?

    1. When we talked to border patrol they said that is always crowded. However, because we went right after Christmas it was extremely busy that day. It was definitely an experience that we will always remember!

  2. The Christmas holiday is never a good time to cross the border. All of the Mexicans go home for Christmas. You got caught in the return traffic. I live in Tucson and Mexico and see it every year.

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