Isla El Gran Roque Transportation

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    Antonio "Toñito" Narváez & asssitant
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    Around the Archipelagus

    by permiche Written Mar 30, 2005

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    Gran Roque pier

    The only way you have to move around for the islands is by boat. If you don't stay in an all-inclusive posada, then you'll have to arrange excursion day by day at the small pier near the airport. There are basically two shops: Oscar's and Pluto's, and they offer the same services at the same prices. Close islands at 12500 Bs per person, mid-distance islands (Crasqui, Espenqui, Nordisqui,...) 25000 Bs, Cayo de Agua and Boca de Cote 50000 Bs. Seats and sun umbrella are not included for the closest islands, and you have to rent them separately (10000 Bs). If too windy they'll likely not rent umbrellas.
    Be ready in case of rough sea to showers on the boat!

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    Caracas to Los Roques

    by permiche Written Mar 29, 2005

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    Aerotuy plane

    There are basically two companies flying to Los Roques from Caracas:

    Transaven is cheaper, 130000 Bs for a one way ticket. Planes are smaller and appear to be older. The office in Gran Roque is usually closed and when you need to buy your return ticket you have to look for the "transaven chica" near the airport

    Aerotuy is slightly more expensive, 160000 Bs for a one way ticket. You will save some money buying a return ticket. You can carry up to 10 kg per person, you will pay at the airport for every extra kg.

    Flights from both companies usually leave from Caracas early in the morning (at about 8, but you should be in the airport well in advance if you don't have a reservation). Flights from Los Roques to Caracas usually leave in the afternoon (at about 5pm)

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    Need a local guide you can trust with a boat?

    by carolinaEspada Written Feb 12, 2005

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    Antonio

    This is Antonio "Toñito" Narváez. Toñito is pronounced with the "Ñ" sound like in jalapeGNo, champiGNon, bisoGNo. He was born in Los Roques, he has a boat, he works bringing back and forth turists (with all kind of purposes: swiming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, turtle watching... of just to go to Cayo Pirata to eat lobsters -during lobster season- at the fishermen place. etc...)

    He is a quiet and serious man. You can trust him.

    No address, no phone. You just arrive to Los Roques and start asking for "Toñito", Antonio Narváez. Everybody knows him well. His mother in law owns the "Empanada" place by the lagoon (with a naive painting of a mermaid), the only shack were you can have tipical breakfast at 7am in the morning (when everything else is closed). But just ask a few people. Everybody is either a cousin or a nephew or a brother in law of Toñito.

    Tell all of these people your name and the "posada" you are staying at. Dont be shy. Venezuelans are highly talkative. Just find some -several- of the locals and tell them (for example): Im Bernard, Im staying at El Pelícano, I want to talk with "Toñito", Antonio Narváez".

    I you dont speak Spanish, try this: "Bernard, El Pelícano, Toñito, Antonio Narváez". Repeat that a couple of times. They will undestand. He will look for you.

    In all of the posadas there are boats, crews, plans for the day etc. If you are not satified with what they offer, or you want something special (like a friend of mine, a profesional and world known photographer called Fran Beaufrand, who will be going with 22 top models to work for a week), you can call Toñito and hire his services. The cost? Depends on what you want to do, how far you want to go, how many hours will that take.

    Toñito is not only a guide. After so many years, he has becomed my friend.

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    getting there... by plane

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 17, 2004

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    this is ground control...

    The only way to get to Los Roques is by plane... you can buy a package or just buy a ticket and then organise your stay independently (but do have a confirmed return ticket please: see warnings and dangers). Whatever way you'll choose you'll end up flying a small aircraft because... let's say that the airport isn't really that large or that well-equipped. The control tower isn't really that efficient.. and well, basically planes land and take off only when the visibility is good. On the plus side, flying over the archipelago is spectacular: you see all the cays and the coral banks from a really short distance.

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    getting around... by boat

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 17, 2004

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    one of the boats

    Since there's no beaches on Gran Roque, and if you want to go to the beach (which is basically the reason why you would go to Los Roques), then you need to move to any other islands. How? Obviously by boat! Next to the airport there's the boats' public service: you buy a ticket at one of the shops (I recommend Oscar's) and one of the boatmen will take you to the island of your choice. The same boatman will come and pick you up at the time you desire.

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    This is pretty much the size of the boat

    by carolinaEspada Written Feb 29, 2004

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    Mariangel: desire fullfilled with water.

    That will take you from the main island of El Gran Roque to the keys.

    In the picture, sister Mariangel "rescued" two minutes later.

    She doesnt knows how to swim, although she can float. All of the sudden, in the middle of nowhere, when Antonio (the owner of the boat stoped to recharge the fuel tank), Mariangel got this urge, this necessity, this wild desire to jump to the water. Really deep water. Once in the water, giggling and swallowing water she remind us: "I dont know how to swim!!!". Godmother Adaluz almost had a heart attack, mother Olga couldent stop laughing (Mariangel amuses her A LOT!). I was taking pictures. So William (Antonio's assistant) had to rescue her.

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    GIGGILING IN COSTUMS

    by carolinaEspada Updated Feb 23, 2004

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    Ada Luz, Olga, Mariangel and I

    Here we are "checking in" Los Roques National Park's Main Office (Main and Only...) at the airport. You have to show your passaport, pay a National Park fee, and that is it. Then you have to walk to your "posada". There are no cars here. No motorcicles. Walk!

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    LOS ROQUES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT... HAHAHA!!!

    by carolinaEspada Written Nov 9, 2003

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    This is it. I would say that now is even smaller

    The airport is the cuttest tiny little thing.
    I hope the picture is clear enough!
    PREPARE FOR LANDING AND CUSTOMS!!!
    Hahahaha!!!
    Is ok to giggle while going through the airport.
    And remember: first flight in the morning arrives little after 6:00 am; last flight departs at 6:00 pm.
    No night flights...
    There are no lights in the landing runway or what ever that is called. It looks just like a road. Period.
    IT'S GREAT!!!

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    Boats for rent, but with it´s owner inside...

    by carolinaEspada Written Apr 20, 2003

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    El Gran Roque and hundreds of keys

    Almost everybody arrives at Los Roques National Park from Caracas National Airport (in a half an hour nice flight).

    If you are very rich and famous, you get there on your own private plane. Politicians, european aristocrats, rock stars, top models, actors, singers, etc, love to be at the secluded paraise of Los Roques. One example: Ex-president George Bush (senior) comes once in a while to fish bonefish with his friend Mr. Cisneros. And everything is very private, no reporters, no papparazzi... Peace and paradise.

    And if you have a yatch or a sailboat, well... that really is luxury. Venezuelan top model, Patricia Velázquez always goes by sail boat. That must be an awesome experience!

    But is you are a wonderful, but regular person (as I am), once that you are in Los Roques, the inn you are staying at will offer you transportation around the many keys of Los Roques. Small boats, local fishermen ones. Safe boats, but you must wear the lifesavers orange vests. The coast guard is checking...

    Also, you can go to the beach, talk to the locals, rent a boat (but the owner, the sailor, will always come allong), agree on a reasonable price and then... there is the sea full of keys for you to explore and go from here to there.

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    Only one way...

    by Saringuis Written May 10, 2006

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    The only way to get to Los Roques is by airplane. It's a small plane with a small amout of passengers. Lots of space and very comfortable!

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    THIS IS IT!!! This is the runway!!!

    by carolinaEspada Written Feb 23, 2004

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    Avion = Plane

    This is the runway. Just one. No lights. No signals. No nothing. Planes arrive right after 6:00 am, and the last one leaves at 6:00pm.

    This is it.

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