Although only 60 minutes from Caracas by air, the tranquil islands of Los Roques feel a world away from the bustling Venezuelan capital. This elliptical archipelago of pristine coral reefs, beaches, mangrove habitats, and turquoise Caribbean waters was declared a national park in 1972.
The park designation attracted global attention, but careful regulation has limited development; hotels and resorts are not permitted. On the northwest island of Gran Roque, a few dozen fishermen's houses have been converted into posadas (small guest houses). Each is limited to only one story and a maximum of 10 guest rooms. In addition to the posadas, Gran Roque's town consists mainly of four sandy streets, pastel hued homes, a handful of stores and a fleet of golf carts. Comparisons to Fernando de Noronha, Brazil are not unwarranted.
Most of our clients who visit Los Roques stay for at least four nights, relaxing on the beaches and enjoying full or half day snorkeling and diving tours. Bone fishing tours and deep sea fishing charters are very popular. If you're feeling more adventurous, try a windsurfing lesson or an Ultralight flight.
If you'd like to visit the undeveloped outer islands, multi-day sailing charters (up to four cabins and eight guests) can also be arranged from Gran Roque. Charter cruises usually make a one-week circuit of the outer cays and atolls, with daily visits to white sand beaches, stunning reefs or turquoise lagoons. Highlights include stops at Cayo de Agua, Carenero, Noronqui, Crasqui and Rabusqui. You can also visit the Foundation Los Roques, a marine biological station where four endangered species of sea turtles are bred.
Los Roques is beautiful year round, with an average temperature of 82°F. Rainfall is light and infrequent. Peak season runs from mid-December through the Easter holy week. August is another busy month.
Vacations to Los Roques can be combined with extensions on the Venezuelan mainland and Isla Margarita (90 minutes by air).
Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in Venezuela and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.
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