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CIUDAD ACUNA, MEXICO

Across the border from Del Rio

The Del Rio Chamber of Commerce is at 1915 Avenue F. 830-775-3551. Check with them for walking and driving tours of Del Rio, and information on crossing the border to Ciudad Acuna.

The bridge to Acuna is nearly 3 miles from Del Rio, but all day parking is available at reasonable rates on the U.S. side.

CIUDAD ACUNA
has a population of nearly 120,000 but is surprisingly clean and tranquil compared to other border towns.

The Dam at Lake Amistad is a good photo opportunity for the magnificent twin eagle statues (fraternal not identical). If one is there at dusk, a flag lowering ceremony takes place on the Mexican side with the Mexican national anthem provided by a tape on a cassette recorder.
Lake Amistad eagles
The dramatic Lake Amistad eagles of Del Rio/ Ciudad Acuna
Photo courtesy Bill Sontag of Del Rio, December, 2007
The big attraction of course is Lake Amistad. With 1000 miles of shoreline and 65,000 acres, this is one lake in Texas (and Mexico) that is not over-fished. Besides fishing, Lake Amistad offers swimming, boating and even scuba diving.

Managed by the National Park Service, the headquarters is on Hwy 90 just west of the city limits. The U.S. side has 3 marinas with one reserved for Air Force personnel. The Mexican side has a marina and a Mexican fishing license is required if you fish that side, but it is sold at the U.S. marinas as well.

Every October the two cities have a month long Celebration of Friendship, with races, beauty pageants and all sorts of festivities, which proves that U.S. Mexican relations would fare better without politicians.

John Troesser

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