Los Roques is composed of many islets, but the biggest and most populated of them is Gran Roque. This island is where you will find most of the lodging sites, restaurants and transportation to other places nearby.
Even being the biggest and "most crowded", it is a very small, simple village, with local houses, little markets and the "airport" =)
The main square is where mot of the pensions and stores are located, and also wehre most of the villagers gather themselves at the end of the day....a very nice atmosphere...
You can easily make a visit to Los Roques as a day trip. From Caracas you can book a package which includes your flight, some island hopping by catamaran and food and (non-alcoholic) drinks on the boat. It's not what we could call cheap but definetly worth the money! Just go t oa travel agency and see the possibilities.
On the way bak to GRan Roque from Cayo de Agua u can stop to this island that hava a biologic station and a turtle repopulation center..., so in this occasion they give me the opportunity to give freedom at this little turle and swimming a little while withe her!!!!!
This little island have a small airport...here there is a littel museum with the thing founded there about the all population fo this archipelagos.
IT's far form Gran Roque, but it's gorgeouse...there is a sand strip to connect the two island...this pace is named Water cayo because only in this island there is a natural rain water storege near the palm, the only palm inthe island.
Craski havea a perfect sand bank where u can jump in the water from 10 cm of water, a big beach, some fisherman house and a spartan resturant runned by a fisherman...u can ask the menu of the day: fresh fish from the sea, salad and rice...simply but tasty! there is a colored parrot and some hammoc where u can spend the hostest hour in relax!
this is the best palce for me cause u don't need the Cava ( prepared mela from the posada), u can spech a little with the fishermans, u ccan have a nice big walk inthe island and snorkel how u want......
The nearest cayos to Gran Roque is Madriski and Franciscki: they are pretty, there are a cabana restaurant, but in certain day it will be a little crowded cause the toruist of the one day trip from Caracas o Margarita stay here for all the day! Here u can find some beach stuff for water acticity like canoe or little sail boat.
In Franciski the Arriba there is a special natural pool where u can do snorkel in relax ccause the reef protect this area from the waves...here u can meet Chico, a relaxed barracuda that live in the pool...don't be scared is used to the tourist!
From this island whit the low tide u can walk in the water ( with sea sandal is better) and reach other littel island like Raski (There is a posada here).
This is a remote island... be prepared to 1h of boat to get there... and the boat goes fast... next day you'll wake up with a bad backhache! Wait for a day with calm sea and no wind and you''ll have a more relaxing experience... But it's really worh! Excellent!
This is a set of three different islands, close to Gran Roque (10 min by boat).
- Francisqui "Lobster" or "Restaurant" is the smallest but maybe the better. It is named so because of the small resturant where you can eat lobsters you have previously chosen in a cage they keep in the sea... poor lobsters!!! Next to the restaurant there is an amazing lagoon with incredible sea colors. You can reach by walking a small sand cay, or reach the "piscina", on the other side of the island, ideal for snorkeling since it directy faces the reef
- Francisqui "medio" is a much quiter island, characterised by a "campamiento" and by a long, wonderful beach
-Francisqui "windsurf", the bigger, is usually not populated by tourists, there is a box renting surfs, and a nice hidden beach, but you have to walk to get there!
It's the nearest island, only 10 minutes from Gran Roque. Nice beach where you arrive with the boat. There are several small houses owned by rich venezuelan people... and I guess, some that you can rent.
Madrisqui is linked by a subtle sand tongue to Cayo Pirata.
You can get married or (much more simple) watch elegant and rich couples getting married. Catholic couples, that is. In Venezuela, the great majority of believers are christians.
In Los Roques there is a chapel dedicated to "La Virgen del Valle" (The Virgin of the Valley).
There is no priest at Los Roques. He comes every now and then for baptisms, first comunions, local weadding or burials. And in September to celebrate the Virgen del Valle day!!! But since a couple of years ago, it is the fanciest thing to go to Los Roques and get married there. This costs tons of money and requires lots of organization. Time, planing and $$$...
But if you are at El Gran Roque, and all of the sudden you see a beach-tropical-fancy weadding, a beautifull-people celebration, a "their-dream-come-true-day", understand that you are living a "trés chic" moment.
On the picture... my neighbourgs: Paul and Giannina, after the ceremony, barefeet and trully in love.
Yes. Love stories do happen.
Inside the village of Gran Roque my favourite sight is the village church. It's tiny and cosy building and - this is what I liked best - it has no walls: when sitting inside the church you can look out and see the island's green waters. It's a perfect place to sit down and think - if not pray.
El Faro Holandes is another mountain in Gran Roque and it's topped by an old and crumbling lighthouse built by the Dutchman Luis Cornelius Boyé in 1862. The best way to get there is to cross over from the Cerro El Calvario (there's a little path, if you can find it) and then return to the village of Gran Roque following the path at the back of the lighthouse: a nice scenic loop. From the top, and especially at the back, there's some nice rugged rock formations in the sea to be seen.
There's a couple of interesting walks to do on Gran Roque. Just behind the village there are some little mountains which are worth a sunset walk: the one on the farthest right is called Cerro El Calvario and it's topped by a cross. The path is easy to find and to walk - from up there the views both over the village and the airport area with an inland salt lake are more than spectacular. You can also see some of the nearest islands in the distance: Madrisqui and Francisqui. It doesn't take more than 30 minutes to get up there.
There are three "Noronquises": Noronqui de arriba (upper), Noronqui del medio (middle) and Noronqui de abajo (lower).
Noronqui de arriba has a very very big and very shallow bay. Great for five year old kids! Great for just floatting on your back and dont worrying about currants, waves, nothing.
It is like a big swiming pool. And its really warm. It can be very boring if you want to swim, ride the waves and some action.
Is a perfect place to relax.
In the picture you will see some seaweed. Silly stuff. Skip it. Jump over it and float until you melt.
(What is great about Los Roques National Park is that each key has its own charm and personality. Enjoy them all!!!)
Dont be impressed by the name of this key. It is one of my favorites. And is really small.
See the picture? See how thin it can get? There is water on both sides.
This was in November. On a rainy day. I love rainy days at the beach. Is not cold. Actually, the water feels warmer.
I always go there and I'm always surprised how its shape changes. Sometimes just a little bit. Other times very dramatically. But it is always there.