Photo: Mexican "Theme Park" Shows What It's Like to Illegally Cross U.S.-Mexico Border
“Every year, thousands of Mexicans illegally cross the US border,” writes Vice. “To find out exactly how it’s done we went to El Alberto, Mexico to film the experience.”
El Alberto lies 800 miles south of the US border in the state of Hidalgo. It’s pretty much like any other town of 3,000 people, except in El Alberto they offer tourists the chance to participate in a simulated illegal border crossing. It all happens at a standard recreational park with swimming pools, river trips, zip lines, and the other typical fare. We took a few cameras and headed for the EcoAlberto Park to spend some late-nights running through underground tunnels on the heels of our personal “Coyote” while being chased by border patrol. While we were there, we crashed a quinceñera party and saw El Alberto from the perspective of the locals.
Watch Vice‘s documentary below.