MEXICO – Boquillas Morning Float Canoe Tour

The Boquillas morning float canoe trip on the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande navigates the boundaries between Big Bend National Park and Maderas del Carmen Natural Protected Area in Mexico. This trip combines the scenic beauty of the towering bluffs of Sierra del Carmen, with the cultural experience of a remote Mexican village.

The trip begins on the Mexican side of the river, where Boquillas Adventures guides will meet you and then drive to the Boquillas Warm Springs where we launch our canoes. For a small additional fee, you can ride a burro! At the river out-in is a significant Paleo-Indian archeological site, with several dozens of rock mortars where ancient peoples ground grains and seeds for centuries. We have time to enjoy a dip in the warm thermal water. Prior to launch, our guides will give safety instructions and tips on how to successfully navigate a canoe.

During the trip, the majestic views of the Sierra del Carmen will impress even the most jaded world traveler. Pico del Carmen rises almost 7000 feet above river level, deeper than the Grand Canyon. We conclude our river voyage just upstream from the entrance to Boquillas Canyon. Our truck will bring lunch.

After lunch, we walk to view the entrance of Boquillas Canyon and nearby points of interest. Driving back to town, we explore the site of Boquillas Viejo, which was destroyed by a flood in 1906.

We return to downtown Boquillas, with time to tour the town and shop local crafts. We return to the US side by 3:30 pm and pass through Port of Entry before it closes at 4:00 pm.

Boquillas Adventures provides:

  • Canoes, paddles, life jackets and waterproof bags
  • Certified professional guides with at least modest English skills
  • Local ground transportation. For an extra fee, guests may take a burro to the launch location
  • Lunch and bottled water
  • Entrance fee to Maderas del Carmen natural protected area

Guests bring:

  • Clothing appropriate to weather
  • Sun lotion as needed
  • Shoes that will get wet, dry shoes for after the trip
  • Full water bottle(s)

Boquillas Adventures provides a waterproof bag for carrying personal items, extra clothing, cell phones and cameras. With notice, we can provide a hard case for expensive or delicate items

Trip price is $95 plus 8.25% sales tax. We require a $25 per person deposit to reserve a trip, payable by credit card via digital invoice from PayPal. Balances by credit card are due 48 hours before the trip departs, or payable in cash on the day of the trip. Guests will sign a standard release of liability form before the trip begins.

For more information or to book a tour, contact or call 432 386-5635.

Canoe on the Rio Grande river with the Chisos Mountains in the background
Canoe and Chisos Mountains
Tourists canoeing the Rio Grande River near Boquillas, Mexico.
Canoeing near Boquillas, Mexico.
Cliffs at sunrise along the Rio Grande River near Boquillas, Mexico.
Cliffs at sunrise along the Rio Grande River