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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs - Los Roques
We present a summary of the most frequent questions made by tourists visiting the Los Roques Archipelago.
-Los Roques Archipelago, location, where is it ?: +
In the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela, off the coast of Maiquetía - La Guaira- (Port of Caracas) at 157 kms North locates the Los Roques Archipelago. Although it occupies an area of 2251 km 2, the totality of the islands and cays only total 40.61 km 2, it is 36 km from East to West and 26.6 km from North to South.
-Requirements to enter Venezuela, visas: +
Own a valid passport and valid for not less than six months from the date of arrival in the country, tickets or return tickets, 90 days is the maximum time allowed for tourists, proof of reservation of the hotel where they will be staying or, failing that, a notarized letter of invitation, containing the details of the person making the invitation, their address and telephone number.
-Countries - citizens that do NOT require a tourist visa to enter Venezuela: +
- Antigua y Barbuda
- Antillas Neerlandesas
- Corea del Sur
- Costa Rica
- Estados Unidos
- Gran Bretaña
- Hong Kong
- Nueva Zelanda
- Países Bajos
- República Checa
- Santa Lucía
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- San Marino
- República Eslovaca
- San Vicente y las Granadinas
- Trinidad y Tobago
-Flights to Los Roques - How to get there by Plane ?: +
Flights depart daily to Los Roques from Maiquetía Airport; (the same where all international flights to the capital Caracas arrive). Few airlines offer service in relatively small aircraft, up to 12 passengers, departures are early in the morning, from 7am and returns from Los Roques in the afternoon hours 4pm; there are other times -depends on the seasons-. There is also the possibility of flying to Los Roques on private planes (+ Inf. WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01) which can depart from Charallave airports ( OMZ), Metropolitan, Valencia, Margarita Island and other cities. The flight time will depend on the type of aircraft but there is an average of 1 hour of flight on the route. Air tickets are scarce, due to the limited supply of flights, especially on weekends and high seasons.
-How to get to Los Roques surfing ?: +
From the navy El Caribe located Caraballeda, La Guaira, Vargas State can charter - rent private boats: Yachts, Boats, Sailboats to make a trip to the Los Roques Archipelago. The service is offered in EXCLUSIVITY which means a contract for the whole boat (from 2 to 8 people), generally for a minimum of 2 nights and 3 days. The Operator Tour (Inf WhatsApp 58.424.411.68.01) must be contacted with sufficient anticipation in order to coordinate the service that includes: Boat rental with crew, all meals, round trip to Los Roques, activities and tours through the Islands in the Archipelago. We clarify that it is not an economic service, rather we qualify it as VIP-Services. The one way navigation time to Los Roques is approximately between 4 and 5 hours, and depends on the weather conditions. Departures are usually from 5am on the first day and returns to Caraballeda from noon on the last day of the contract. Those who have private boats for personal use can navigate to the Los Roques Archipelago, for which they must coordinate with their respective authorities their Zarpe permits and pay the corresponding taxes upon arrival at Gran Roque. Finally, we clarified that there is NO ferry service to Los Roques Archipelago, or ticket payment per person.
-How to get to Los Roques by road ?: +
You can not get to Los Roques by Roads, only by commercial or private aircraft and private boats or under charter contracts.
-How to get to Los Roques from Isla Margarita ?: +
On commercial flights departing on Fridays and Sundays from Santiago Mariño Airport on Isla Margarita. Also on private flights (+ Inf WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01). There are no ferry services from Isla Margarita to Los Roques. You can also arrive in private boats or by contract of charters, clarifying that the sailing time is DOUBLE from Caraballeda, La Guaira and therefore the costs are higher.
-What is the name of Los Roques Airport ?: +
Los Roques Airport (ICAO code: Gran Roque SVRS), is a small national airfield that does not receive international flights -only domestic flights- and is located in the Gran Roque, the largest island of the Archipelago where most services are provided for tourists. Your IATA code is LRV, those three letters are used to find flights on web search platforms and on airline systems. It is for public use and daytime operation. Due to the limited dimensions of its track: 1000 x 26mts only allows the operation of small aircraft.
-To go to Los Roques do you need a passport ?: +
Los Roques is a Venezuelan Archipelago and only a valid identification is required: Identity Card for national tourists and DNI or Passports for foreign tourists. Minors in all previous cases require documents proving affiliation or travel authorizations related to adults traveling with them.
-Weather in Los Roques: +
It is a dry climate, with winds that blow at an average of 20km / h and maximums of up to 47km / h in the month of June. The annual average temperature is 27 Degrees Celsius and the water temperature ranges between 25 and 30 Celsius degrees, the relative humidity is 83% per year and the rains occur in short showers with a maximum of 52mm in November. Of high insolation, with averages of 8.6 hours a day that together with the constant breezes and the high temperature cause a high evaporation.
-What is the best time to travel to Los Roques ?: +
With regard to the weather you can visit Los Roques at any season of the year because there are no hurricane risks in the area. Between the months of September and January there is humid weather, some rain, but usually the average daily temperatures hover between 26 and 28 Celsius degrees during the day under shade and during the nights they can descend to 18 Celsius degrees. With regard to the seasons, there are the following seasons: PEAK: Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve, Carnival and Easter; in them the innkeepers (accommodations) sell a minimum of 5 continuous nights. HIGH: beginning of the month of December, from July 15 to September 15 and some holidays in Venezuela as for example on May 1st. MEDIA: the rest of the year, except for the months of May and June that are considered LOW. Prices go up or down in relation to the seasons. It will always be easier to get air and lodging availability if you plan a trip during the weekdays (between Monday and Thursday), and maybe you will get some good offer (+ Inf WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01 ).
-Is it safe to travel to Los Roques Venezuela ?: +
Los Roques due to its peculiar characteristics of being a group of islands far from the mainland presents a very good safety index compared to other international destinations. Tourists spend the night in El Gran Roque - the largest of the islands - where locals, tour operators and visitors gather. They are really unusual events related to crimes, robberies, thefts due to the small place and the fact that the inhabitants of the island protect the tourist activity and the good reputation of the place. We know that to get to Los Roques you have to take a flight at the Maiquetía Airport (Caracas); the risk decreases to the extent that the tourist stays in the areas of the air terminal. Some hotels near the airport offer accommodation with transfers included for passengers who require 1 night in the area; the risk goes down as the visitor follows the indications of the tour operators and is mobilized with the help of the hotel staff (+ Inf WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01). To enjoy a good experience during your visit to Venezuela - Los Roques and minimize the risks we suggest: Do not visit the Capital (Caracas) without trusted guides. Do not display jewelry or valuables in public places and avoid the use of cell phones on roads, streets, outdoors. It is best to travel with a previously paid tourist package, which includes air tickets, meals, accommodation and tours; is the most appropriate since you would avoid carrying lots of cash. Finally we clarify that despite the convulsed crisis that Venezuela is going through (at the time we wrote these lines, May 2019) places like Los Roques Archipelago remain far from the image that Internationally projects the Country and the political diatribe. Although the number of foreign tourists has decreased compared to previous times as a result of the above, a local tourism has flourished and keeps service providers busy. The incredible beauty of the place, tranquility and intimate contact with nature still maintain the flow of visitors.
-Beach Los Roques Venezuela, Cayos Islas as they are called ?: +
Los Roques Archipelago is made up of 42 cays (small islands) of coral origin and almost 300 sandbanks; Here we will name some, but we will describe only the most relevant ones.
Gran Roque: Main Island, the most populated, there is the Airport, Las Posadas, local people's homes and public services. Cataloged as a Recreation and Special Use Zone.
Madrizquí, Francisquí, Cayo Pirata: They are the most visited and close to Gran Roque (between 10 and 15 min), cataloged as Recreation Zones, camping and sports are allowed nautical. In Francisquí there is a restaurant service and it is ideal for wind water sports such as KiteSurf, Cayo Pirata is a fishermen's cove where they keep their gear for their fishing and Madrizquí is the closest, ideal for quick visits (Full Day, Day Tours) due to its proximity to Gran Roque and the clear instant representation of the wide beauty of the Archipelago.
Crasquí, Noronquises: Also categorized as Recreation Zones but located a little further away from Gran Roque, half an hour - 45 min approx.
Isla Larga, Los Canquises, Selesquí, Esparquí, Sebastopol, Boca de Cote: They are forbidden, since they require greater protection due to their natural characteristics, coral reefs and mangroves where many of the species present in the archipelago nest and develop. In these areas only scientific research is allowed. The areas surrounding these cays next to the Eastern Barrier, Cayo Sal, Dos Mosquises Norte, Cayo de Agua, Carenero and Bequevé are listed as PRIMITIVE MARINE ZONES due to the fragility and sensitivity of their ecology, there are only allowed boat rides, sailing or motor sailing in designated areas, lung diving, swimming, sport fishing, diving, hiking through marked trails and nature observation in groups of up to 15 people.
Cayo de Agua: Although it is surrounded by a Marine Primitive Zone, regulated for certain recreational activities described above, it is possible to camp and is one of the most emblematic places in the area. Archipelago worth visiting, located about 1 hour and a half from Gran Roque. Its name is related to the ancient superficial water wells found there. The old settlers of the Gran Roque always went to Cayo de Agua to collect the fresh water -not brackish- that is stored as a result of the rains in the area. It is one of the most visited islands and we consider that the central bar of sand that separates the key of the Lighthouse of Punta de Cocos, is the most photographed of the Park. It is impressive to observe how the waters are in said central bar
Bequevé: Located north of Cayo de Agua, more than an hour and a half away from the Gran Roque, it is also an area of Historical and Cultural Archaeological and Archaeological Interest. Pre-Columbian finds found in the place. Visits are allowed and it is also a primitive marine area.
Dos Mosquises: There are 2 cays -North and South-, located an hour and a half from the Gran Roque within the Primitiva Marina area is also an area of Historical-Cultural Interest since in the South Key there are the main evidences of cultural presence pre-Columbian in the Archipelago. There is a landing strip that served the headquarters - now disappeared - of the Los Roques Scientific Foundation (1963-2014); it housed some wonderful facilities that were used for the research, development and protection of some marine species, especially the Turtles (Carey, Verde and Cabezona), but unfortunately it was dismantled by the Government Authorities in 2014. It was a point of interest that drew attention to the thousands of visitors to the park, now there is only one beautiful and extensive beach that evokes the memory of those who knew the place at its best.
La pelona de Dos Mosquises: Close to Dos Mosquises Sur, its main attraction is that there are ranches (stilt houses, rancherias) of fishermen that in lobster season (November-April) they use them to build their pots, collect their catches and prepare their fishing nets.
Cayo Fernando: Located one hour from Gran Roque, it is the place where the largest and largest fishing ranchería of the Los Roques Archipelago National Park is located; In the lobster season, groups of fishermen from Margarita, La Guaira and other coastal areas of the country come to spend the night at the site. The lobster fishing with Nasa and the lung diving technique is extremely important for the economy of the area. Outside the lobster season these ranches are used for shark fishing.
Carenero y Lanquí: Located 1 hour from Gran Roque, it stands out for being a place that shelters a lagoon with very calm waters where the various boats such as yachts, sailboats and catamarans they are protected by the protected place and the stillness of its waters. In Carenero there is a coral reef at its northern end, ideal for lung diving.
Cayo Sal: One of the main activities through which the ancient inhabitants of the Archipelago subsisted was the extraction of salt, this key owes its name to the ease in the exploitation of that precious resource very demanded at the time. Numerous pre-Columbian findings related to this activity were found there. Located at an approximate hour from Gran Roque, it has a beautiful beach and is ideal for diving.
Other Keys: Boca de Cote, Boca de Sabastopol, Los Castillos, Cayo Sardina, Saky Saky, Cayo Vapor, Rabusquí, Isla Agustín, Sarky, Espenquí, Yonquí, Cayo Nube Verde, Esparquí, Isla Larga.
-What to do in Los Roques ?: +
The most frequent activity of the visitors of the Los Roques Archipelago consists of visiting the different islands or keys that make up the Park. The services of transfers can be contracted directly in the main dock, there the tour operators (lighters) offer the transfers that usually include the beach chairs and umbrellas (the snorkeling equipment -packs and masks- are optional), the prices can vary from USD 8 per person (nearby keys) and USD 18 (keys further away). Lunches -lunch cold- with drinks are almost always included in the accommodation service previously hired (+ Inf WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01). There are other activities such as diving, kite, windsurfing, sport fishing, sailing for bird watching, navigation in the park on boats: sailboats, yachts or catamarans, walks in the Gran Roque to the Lighthouse and walks through the town to enjoy the sunsets in some of the restaurants located in front of the sea. The tourist will never get bored during his visit, since there are so many cays to be known and the natural beauty is of such magnitude that there will always be little time available, and the desire to return will be present in them - for life -.
-Currency of Los Roques, payment method, Credit Cards: +
Although Los Roques is a Venezuelan Territory and the local currency is the Sovereign Bolivar, it is well known that the country goes through these times when these notes are written -June 2019- by a hyperinflationary process, which has resulted in the loss of the value of its currency and the scarcity of the paper money itself; this has resulted in the dollarization of the economy, therefore the American Dollar (USD) is being used for payment and exchange of services in the archipelago. Low denomination tickets (up to USD 50) are accepted without problems. There is no ATM, almost no one accepts payments with credit cards, as there are no adequate equipment to make this type of charges. Some accommodations accept OnLine payments through services such as PayPal. A valuable and very important recommendation for tourists wishing to visit Los Roques is to HIR and PRE-PAY services before arriving in the Archipelago, this way they will avoid having to take the risk of carrying large amounts of cash with them and will only need a few dollars to cover other expenses not included in their tour packages.
-Entrance fee to Los Roques: +
Visitors once they land at the Gran Roque must pay the Park Entrance Fee; for foreign tourists an average of 25 $ USD and for local ones of 5 $ USD that can be paid in cash in Dollars (USD) or in local currency through bank transfers or with Debit Cards. Almost no pre-paid or previously hired tourist package includes this tax, so the forecasts must be taken to have the necessary money to pay and get access to the Park.
-What to take to Los Roques, luggage ?: +
It is very important to know that the Airlines that fly to Los Roques do it in relatively small aircraft, so the weight of the allowed luggage is LIMITED to 10 Kilograms per person and the hand-held at 5 Kilograms (handbags, purses, cameras, laptops). It is recommended to prepare the luggage in bags or backpacks and avoid large rigid luggage. Sports equipment such as Kite boards, Windsurfing have an additional fee and few pieces of them can be transferred for each flight, which means that if you intend to fly to Los Roques accompanied by those equipment, the Carrier may not be able to transport them on your own. flight and send it on the next one to depart. Taking into account that the climate of the Archipelago is warm the clothes should be fresh and light, the shoes should fit the beach sand, present in the streets of Gran Roque itself (all the streets are sandy) and some pair of tennis to make the walks and visit the Lighthouse. You need to wear a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, the insect repellent should not be lacking in your luggage and also a SPF50 broad spectrum sunscreen since sunstrokes are frequent for neglecting this type of advice. Carry your prescription drugs because there is a small pharmacy in El Gran Roque but it is not very stocked. Also cream or moisturizing lotion and a very light jacket to protect from the night breeze in the Gran Roque. A small flashlight and a power bank do not hurt, since sometimes the electrical service of the island has flaws.
-Medical care in Los Roques: +
There is a small medicament where first aid services are offered in case of minor injuries, burns, sunstrokes, intoxications, drownings and common diseases. The most complicated cases must be attended to on the mainland in coordination with the Park Authorities. To preserve your health during your visit follow the instructions of the guides, when sailing use the life jacket, avoid swimming in the navigation channels, be careful when you are in the water and near a boat that has your engine is on because the propellers could suck it and cause injuries, do not walk barefoot, use broad-spectrum sunscreen, do not expose yourself to sunlight at noon, avoid touching fish, coral or any other animal. Stay away from dangerous areas such as wave breakers and cliffs, consume only bottled water. Moderation when drinking alcoholic beverages will help you to fully enjoy your visit to Los Roques Archipelago.
-Banking agencies in Los Roques: +
There is a banking agency in Gran Roque but very little use for tourists, both national and foreign because in Venezuela there is an inflationary process (June 2019) and cash is very scarce. You can not make international transactions and there is no foreign currency management. The inhabitants are the users par excellence of this Banco de Venezuela agency.
-Coverage of telephone services in Los Roques: +
The three national operators: Movistar, Digitel and Movilnet have a signal at Gran Roque; the quality of them for calls is very low and for internet data even worse. Some inns have fixed telephone service and wifi for tourists but this service also has a lot of intermittence, for example: when the electricity service on the island fails, communications also fail. You have to prepare mentally to survive with little internet during your visit to Los Roques Archipelago; although it is not impossible to communicate or have data / wifi, the connection speed is not the best. Carry enough Data Cards (memory cards) to back up your photos / videos and definitely upload them to social networks in a location other than Los Roques since it will be very frustrating to try to do it there.
-Electricity in Los Roques: +
The Gran Roque is supplied by an electricity network generated on the island itself -110V and 220V-, are unreliable services (usually have interruptions); that is why some service providers (accommodations, inns) have had to acquire their own generators to alleviate these failures and offer a decent service to their tenants. Before hiring a accommodation (+ Inf WhatsApp +58.424.411.68.01) it's good to ask if the selected inn has a backup generator.
-Water in Los Roques: +
There is a Desalination Plant in the Gran Roque that supplies the island, just as the other services are unreliable since they frequently fail. Sometimes there has been a need to bring water from the mainland on ships of the Venezuelan Navy. Some accommodations have acquired their own desalination plants and others resort to expanding their storage sources to provide an acceptable service to their guests. The tourist should understand that there are limitations related to the supply of fresh water in the Archipelago Los Roques (Gran Roque) and should collaborate in this regard with their hosts. Short showers and checking that the toilet is not running water after using it, are the best ways to help. Attention: the water that comes out of the taps is NOT POTABLE, so we suggest only consume bottled water during your stay in the Park.
-Services offered by Posadas in Los Roques: +
The Lodges in Los Roques are known as Posadas, - houses of locals remodeled and conditioned to receive guests- are of few rooms, most of them with private bathroom and beds of different types: Double, Single, Triple, Quadruple. They offer accommodation service in several modalities: * Accommodation + Breakfast, ** Accommodation + Breakfast + Dinner, *** Accommodation + Breakfast + Lunch (cold lunch type) to take to the keys + Dinners, and the most complete plan that includes the accommodation itself + all meals + boat trips to the islands near the Gran Roque. The food they offer is of very good quality and almost always prepared with fresh fish from the area. Some offer Wi-Fi Internet services, common rooms with satellite TV or TV inside the rooms, security boxes, air conditioning and fans. They are categorized as Basic, Intermediate, Superior and VIP; as the category increases, so do the prices -View Posadas Here- . The rates are managed according to the different seasons: Peaks, Highs, Sox, Low and is charged for Each Person -Quote OnLine Here-, children have discounts but it is important to know that in some Posadas CHILDREN ARE NOT ACCEPTED. The SINGLE services (accommodations for 1 single person occupying a full room) generally have between 30% and 50% surcharge in the price depending on the season requested. Many offer services in several languages: Spanish, Italian, English, among others. We recommend buying ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGES: Air Tickets + Lodgings + Meals + Walks and PRE-PAY IT before your arrival in the Archipelago (+ WhatsApp Inf +58.424.411.68.01), tourism companies like ours: ViajandoALosRoques.com are responsible for designing the plan and guaranteeing the quotas and services for the convenience of tourists. Practically the price that the tourist will pay is similar (sometimes lower) than buying directly from the inn, since it is very difficult to obtain the air quotas (almost no inn is involved in offering tourists the air tickets), we have of the tools - direct booking systems with the airlines -, the experience (more than 16 years in the market) and the reputation for offering very competitive rates and quality in services.