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Must See Los Roques





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  • Location: In the Caribbean Sea 80 miles north of Caracas
  • Attraction Type: Natural heritage:
  • Significance: The widest variety of marine life in Caribbean Sea
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Visiting Hours: Daytime
  • How to Reach: By chartered flights or boats from Caracas
  • Nearest International Airport: Caracas Maiquetia International Airport
Los Roques is a great travel destination for both adventure tourists as well as people who want to spend some time in rest and relaxation. The sea-bed grasses and the beautiful corals make it ideal for diving, while the great fishing opportunity makes it an equally attractive destination for the more restful type of visitors.

Los Roques is an archipelago consisting of coral reefs at an estimated distance of 80 miles north of Caracas in Venezuela. In 1972, Los Roques Archipelago National Park was set up as the largest Caribbean Sea marine park to protect an exceptional ecosystem consisting of mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds. The seagrass is particularly useful for providing shelter to young fishes. The coral reefs are endowed with the most fascinating marine flora and fauna. The park with lovely white beaches, and crystal clear multi-colored waters makes this national park an outstanding place for fishing, sailing, and diving.

History

Los Roques in Venezuela was historically a prawn farming area which produced nearly 90% of the country's lobster consumption. From the middle of 20th century Venezuelan fisherman started inhabiting Los Roques archipelago permanently. Most of them came from Margarita Island and settled in Gran Roque, Cayo Pirata, Esparqui, Carenero, Isla Fernando, Crasqui, Prestonqui, and Domusqui.

Significance

Venezuela Los Roques National Park protects one of the most diversified marine lives in our world. With more than 60 species of highest quality corals, mollusks of 140 species, 280 fish species, 45 species of echinoderms, crustaceans of nearly 200 species, and sponges of 60 species, underwater life is truly variegated. Eretmochelys imbricate, an endangered turtle species nests in this archipelago. After 1990, tourism has become an important activity in this Venezuelan National Park with more than 50,000 tourists visiting annually. In 1996, Venezuela Los Roques National Park was declared a Ramsar Site for its significant bio-diversity.

Activities

Go scuba diving to explore the myriads of tropical fishes among seagrass beds. These seagrass beds are also home to numerous colorful corals. With the abundance of fishes in the waters, fishing is an interesting activity while visiting Los Roques. The water of this park is tempting enough for trying windsurfing or swimming. Sailing is the crystal clear turquoise waters is an ethereal experience.

Accommodation and Dining

Staying in 'pasodas' or fishermen's homes are specialties of Los Roques. Many of these 'pasodas' provide sun shades, beach chairs, and snorkeling equipments. You might also stay in sail boats or camps. Los Roques Pasoda Lagunita, Posada Movida Los Roques, and El Pelicano Los Roques Resort are the notable places to put on. Food is also served in the 'pasodas'.

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