Illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. is a harrowing and sometimes life-threatening experience. Want to try it?
The Parque EcoAlberto, a park in the Mexican state of Hildalgo that’s part of the indigenous HñaHñu community, offers visitors a taste of what it’s like to make an illegal border crossing without putting them in any real danger. The park is almost 800 miles from the real border.
Visitors are treated to a realistic four-hour mock border crossing, complete with fake border control officers, smugglers, dogs, sirens, and chases. People who get caught while doing the mock crossing aren’t imprisoned, obviously, but UK Metro says they can be punished with "a few bruises and a little discomfort."
The whole weirdly thrilling attraction costs just $20. The park hopes to reach locals who are considering illegal immigration to the U.S.