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The clearest water of the Caribbean Sea surrounds this archipelago made up by keys, sandbanks and corral reefs. Dream place for visitors who get caught by the range of colors that predominate in the nature. For being a National Park there aren’t big hotels but inns.
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The initiative to set up The Scientific Foundation Los Roques (FCLR) emerged from a group of people who regularly travelled to Los Roques on their private motorboats, nature lovers who enjoyed the scenic beauty and goodness of the marine resources in this lovely place. These private individuals noticed that Los Roques soon would turn into a place of high tourist interest which together with a non-controlled fishing activity by that time would become a threat to the conservation of this important archipelago.
With this worry they promoted the idea of a foundation that first of all could develop the needed research that would prove the significance of this place and then promote before the authorities the creation of the National Park which only was realized in 1972, nine years later.
To comply with their goals, the FCLR built a Marine Biology Station on Los Roques, contributing the monetary resources that made possible to build, with the permission from the National Government, the basic facilities on Dos Mosquises Sur Key. By that time, it was an enormous task because of the difficulties to found a company of this kind in a virtually unexplored area, with the complications that may be caused by being established in a place more than 170 kilometers from mainland.
That is how since 1963, year in which was officially set up The Scientific Foundation Los Roques in Venezuela. It has played a leading role and has been participant of a great career of successes in scientific research, thanks to its incessant task to spread knowledge and significance of conserving our natural resources to many students, communities and general public.
Professor Francisco Tamayo’s contribution
Wasn’t born close to the sea. His origin is linked to Sanare, a little village in the state of Lara that has the dryness of its landscape in common with Los Roques
But Tamayo was an important career researcher who was entrusted by the government with the feasibility study to turn the archipelago Los Roques into a national park in 1970.
The answer would be favorable and two years later, in 1972, was signed the decree that set up the national park dealing with criteria like the peculiarity of the ecosystem, the fragility and the value of its natural resources.
This new status made possible to divide the park in several area: integrated protection; primitive marine; natural environment and recreation. Public access to the integrated protection area is denied since they are area where species nest.
In the primitive marine area scuba diving, sport fishing and sailing can be practiced but only with prior authorization and in groups not exceeding 45 persons.
The natural environment and recreation area are designated to passive activities and sailing, provided that the regulations of a national park are observed.
Since September 29, 2014, the Los Roques Scientific Foundation delivered the Dos Mosquises Marine Biology Station to the authorities of the Territorio Insular Francisco de Miranda. However, the FCLR (Los Roques Scientific Foundation) will remain committed to preserving the Los Roques ecosystem and seeking to develop educational and scientific research projects and will continue with its work, especially through its school program with the students of Los Roques. Roques because it is the best way to achieve sustainable development and conservation of the environmental heritage of Venezuelans.
The following photographs record our departure from Santiago Mariño Airport on Isla Margarita to Los Roques; There are currently flights on Fridays and Sundays from that air terminal. Also from Caracas - Maiquetía you can fly daily to Los Roques Archipelago. The planes are small, with 12 seats and the maximum luggage allowed is 10Kg per person. We recommend planning the trip to Los Roques well in advance as flights are scarce and there is a lot of demand for these routes: Maiquetía-Los Roques and Porlamar-Los Roques. From Porlamar the flight lasts approximately one (01) hour and from Caracas-Maiquetía between half an hour and 45 minutes, depending on the type or model of the Aircraft.
This is how the turquoise waters look from the plane, they appear 10 miles before arriving at the Gran Roque; that is, we almost landed at the airport that serves the archipelago. When you approach the Blue Barrier you can not believe the various turquoise tones that delight the most distracted traveler. Banks of sand, shallow waters, coral formations of almost superficial perception to the human eye awaken the emotion of knowing this natural paradise.
When you arrive at Gran Roque and disembark the flight you must pay an entry tax to the Los Roques Archipelago National Park: for Venezuelans in local currency BsS. 2,669.00 and for foreigners approx. $ 5 USD (equivalent to the change in local currency). You should bear in mind that in Venezuela there are currently limitations to obtain cash in local currency, the tax collecting authority receives payments with debit cards and bank transfers; in the following images we detail this information.
After paying the entrance tax to the park, insurance will be waiting for you ... usually the Posadas send guides to receive the tourists and accompany them to the accommodation, they will carry your luggage in a small cart-carts ... In Gran Roque the streets are sandy, there are no electric or motor vehicles and all walk in the tranquility of a picturesque fishing village dedicated to tourism. 1600 inhabitants (according to a census of 2015) and a floating population of 49,000 tourists per year.
In the Gran Roque small inns (hostels) of all categories; from very basic, superior to VIP, they offer tourists the accommodation service in rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, breakfast, dinner and a box lunch to take to the beach. They characterize the excellent national and international cuisine and the personalized attention of their hosts. During our visit, we stayed in these beautiful inns with incredible service and outstanding quality in terms of the comfort obtained and the price-value ratio.
Going to the beach daily is the main activity of those who visit the Los Roques Archipelago. You should keep in mind the following aspects about visiting the different Keys - Los Roques Islands: Boats (boats, boats) usually depart in the mornings to the different islands, if you arrive at the Gran Roque in the afternoon (after noon) we suggest you prepare your trip to the beach for the next morning, in exchange you can enjoy and know the town and go up to Faro, that activity that It does in the afternoon hours when the intensity of the sun goes down a bit. Appropriate shoes for climbing (tennis) are recommended, in addition to good physical condition. We put below images of our visit to the Lighthouse, then we will continue narrating the details about the trips to the Islands of Los Roques.
The most visited cays (Islands) near the Gran Roque are: Madrizquí, Francisqui, Rasqui and Cayo Pirata; of medium proximity: Crasqui, Noronqui, Rabusqui and the most distant (and very good to our opinion) is Cayo de Agua, in this link (map) you can detail the distances and names of all the different keys of the Park https://www.valencialosroques.com/img/global/mapas/a-losroques.jpg
Some inns include services in addition to meals, boat transfers to nearby islands (and charge an additional fee for visiting remote keys); other inns in addition to meals, they only offer the Lunch Box (Cooler with national drinks and cold food to take to the beach) and the cost of the rides are additional with an average price per person of between $ 5 USD for nearby islands and $ 13 USD for Cayo de Agua.
We suggest to inform with our Travel Advisors the type of package to buy; to avoid misunderstandings about what is included in it. We always recommend arriving at Los Roques Archipelago with ALL PAYMENT SERVICES, in this way you avoid carrying large amounts of cash, since payments with debit cards are limited to Gran Roque's electricity and internet service, which sometimes presents failures For Foreign Tourists we recommend NOT USING your Credit Cards, as the Exchange Rate you will receive WILL NOT BENEFIT YOU
You must provide cash or debit card to pay the entrance fee to the park (Los Venezolanos) and to pay for transfers to the islands, and for foreign tourists to carry only a little cash to pay for transfers to the islands, taxes and some souvenirs that wish to acquire.
Here I give you to enjoy these beautiful images of our visit to Cayo de Agua, about 1 hour. by boat from Gran Roque.
Here some images of the People -El Gran Roque-, there coexist the Roqueños (original inhabitants) with visitors and tour operators. It is important to emphasize that the public services in the place are not at all very efficient; Electricity usually presents interruptions (some Posadas have their own electricity generating plants for the comfort of their guests). Water service although in recent months has improved a bit is always a complicated issue since there is a new desalination plant that supplies the island, but sometimes rationing is applied; that is why we RECOMMEND to the guests about the good use of water during their stay in the inns, (the guests do not know it, but the Innkeepers sometimes make magic with the water to fulfill the contracted service). On cell phones and the internet, I must warn that when electricity stops working in the town, these services (usually) DO NOT work. Finally on these points I leave the following reflection: Some limitations related to modernity, comfort, connectivity and comfort will always be present during your visit to the Los Roques Archipelago, but it is well worth knowing this beautiful place full of natural beauty and willing friendly people to provide an unforgettable experience.
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