The town of El Alberto in Hidalgo, Mexico, has only one industry: La Caminata Nocturna, a stylized simulation of a border crossing. But, can a fake trek through the desert ever feel like the real thing?
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Reported by James Spring
Production and Sound Design by Martina Castro
Editing and Translation by Daniel Alarcón, Camila Segura and Silvia Viñas
All ambi sound recorded on-site in El Alberto, Mexico
Special thanks to KPBS in San Diego, CA, and to Ira Glass, Ben Calhoun and the team at This American Life
Photo: Austin Andrews / Disposable Words
Read the full transcript in Spanish.