Photo: Night Walks - Parque EcoAlberto
One of the more popular attraction at the Parque EcoAlberto in Hidalgo, Mexico does not involve spinning rides or loop-de-loops – it involves a faux illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S.
The ‘Night Walks’ attraction comes with U.S. border patrol agents and ‘coyote’ human smugglers impersonators. Allegedly the goal is to discourage illegal border crossing and to highlight the many dangers illegal border crossers face. The danger-experience comes filled with police sirens, chasing dogs and lots of yelling from border patrol agents.
The amusement park is situated in the indigenous community of HñaHñu that has lost over 75% of its population to illegal migration to the U.S. The U.S. border is 700 miles away from the region where the attraction is located. Many say the ‘faux’ encounter with narco smugglers is the scariest part of the experience.
The three-hour experience will set you back $20 and has become very popular with local school groups.