Los Roques, Venezuela

I’m reposting visits to some of my favourite places, today I’m taking you to the beautiful archipelago of Los Roques. Venezuela was the last country of the South American part of my trip, and before I moved on to Central America I thought it would be good to have a couple of days down time and just lay on the beach. Los Roques was amazing, although sadly even before the Covid-19 issue I think it wasn’t safe to visit the country. I was on a 105 day trip to visit the countries still on my ‘want to do’ list, (this is where the name of this blog comes from see ‘105 days’ from the menu for more about this). It was a very busy trip, visiting 14 countries, I wrote about every day of the trip and recorded the number of flights; modes of transport, as they were quite diverse; hotel stays; etc. I took these photos on a very cheap smart phone, so the quality is not always great but will give you an idea of the beauty of the place.

Day 56 June 21 2016

Flights 18:flying time 56.54 hours

Countries 8    Hotels 31    Cars 41

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 where I was staying, 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 the island with a cool box containing my lunch and cold drinks, a deck chair, a parasol and a rather pleasant view.  The boat comes back to collect me at a time agreed before it leaves.

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 here at the moment, 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.

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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