Day 65 June 21

Countries 8    Hotels 31    Cars 41

Flights 18:flying time 56.54 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 6

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 34    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 5    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1

I  left the hotel at seven this morning to get my flight to Los Roques. The flight was late by thirty-five minutes. The plane was a little twelve seater, the flight only took forty minutes.

Los Roques National Park is an archipelago around 160 kilometres north of Caracas in the Caribbean Sea, with more than 300 islands and cays, which are protected.  After about thirty minutes in the air I saw the first sight of the archipelago. I took some photos of the islands from the plane before we landed.

I was met by a guy from the posada I was staying at, who helped me with passport control,

which was a couple of policeman sitting under an awning looking at passports and searching bags, then I had to pay the park entrance fee and  thirty seconds later I was at the posada. Which is delightful.  La Cigala is beautifully quirky and the perfect place to get the islands vibe.

I was checked in by Orlando, who ran through the house rules and then once I had changed I was taken by a little boat to one of the islands, Madrizqul.  By about eleven I was on an island with a cool box with my lunch and drinks in, a deck chair and a parasol and a rather pleasant view.  The boat comes back to collect me at a time agreed before they leave.

There are a couple of other people laying on this island and there are a few houses which are occupied, which have interesting ‘fences’. There are lots of pelicans here and the only sounds one can hear are when they plunge into the sea to catch fish and black headed gulls do a lot of squawking as they try and steal the fish from the pelicans. It is blissful and very hot. At four the boat turns up, my cool box, parasol and chair are packed up for me and put in the boat and I return to the posada, where cool drinks, snacks and good coffee are waiting, as well as the lovely Kaya. Kaya speaks excellent English, and I am the only guest so she had time to chat to me while I was drinking my coffee. I went for a walk along the beach before dinner to take photos of the sun set but it wasn’t very good.

Dinner was four courses and excellent, fish followed by soup, then more fish then fruit.  The staff here are all really smiley and really good looking too. As I was the only person having dinner Kaya was able to chat to me, she is a delight and very thoughtful too.  I wanted to have a couple of days down time after my hectic South America trip and this is perfect.


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