The only habitable island in Los Roques is Gran Roque and it's only habitable due to the fact that it's one of the few islands that's not flooded during high tide. So, unless you have your own boat, your base of operations will undoubtedly be Gran Roque. In any case, you only need to take a 20 or 30 minute boat ride to arrive at the fabulous, virgin key islands. Francisqui and Madrisqui were my favorite islands...the color of the water and sand will take your breath away. There are all kinds of daily excursions that leave from Gran Roque, ranging from simple motor boats to large group catamarans that hold 30 people. Honestly, the catamarans are more comfortable (and stable) but going with large groups tends to rob some of the magic from being in Los Roques. The best bet, in my opinion, is "getting lost" on one of these desert islands. Have someone drop you off with a sun umbrella and a well-stocked cooler and pick you up in four or five hours.
Caracas impresses with its size, its location - near the sea and surrounded by the mountains of Avila- and its ranches that are perched on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. Luckily Avila is in a protected National Park, the lungs of the city. It's interesting to leave town walking with hiking boots and in 5 minutes you are in the middle of vegetation with tough climbs, some of which you have to do backwards. The mountain has several peaks called the Western, Eastern and Naiguatá, and the highest being 2700 meters. It rewards you from the top with a glimpse of the sea on one side, Caracas on the other, and the splendid park of Avila. You should be in good shape to attempt the high peaks. It is no coincidence that there is a place there called "Don't worry."
The always open resort of Ávila Mágica and Hotel Humboldt, found at the top of Àvila and connected to Caracas by cableway, were expropriated by the Chavez government. It's worth the 20 minute trip from Caracas to the top for a stunning view of the city if the day is not cloudy.
In this cultural center people are constantly presenting plays, monologues, musical performances, photography exhibitions, painting, etc ... Almost every weekend they have some type of show, music performance or festival, and free entrance! An interesting choice for leisure, and it is also in a pretty quiet place and accessible from the city ...
Built in 1680, this is a Spanish colonial house with several courtyards. It has one main entrance and another in the back. It is surrounded by the kitchen and other rooms, has a water source for horses and the stable next door. In the central courtyard you can view the baptismal font where Bolivar was baptized, which was originally located at the Cathedral of Caracas.
I stayed on floor 17 of the Palace Hotel. From the window, you can see the park and the airport. When the traffic's busy, you seen nothing but an endless chain of cars. Gasoline in Venezuela costs less than a bottle of water, so everyone drives everywhere.
At the entrance of the Lagunita urbanization, El Hatillo Municipality, you will come across the Romanian Orthodox Church of St. Constantine and Helena: A beautiful handcrafted one made exclusively of oak and fir wood brought from Romania and assembled without any hardware used by Romanian artisans. It has a bell tower that is more than 30 meters high which is accessed from a beautiful staircase carved from a single trunk. There are only 15 temples of its kind that exist in the world and only 2 of them are outside the country of Romania.
The Cayo is the most spectacular in Los Roques. It's a hasty statement, because of all the many islands, islets and sand banks that make up the archipelago of Los Roques. But the Cayo de Agua is the closest thing to the "perfect beach" I've seen in my life. It is ranked as one of the top 5 best beaches .... The best thing is how little the area is exploited. Even in high season (Easter) our experience in Los Roques was to "choose your little island, put your umbrella in and enjoy the Caribbean". The sand comes from coral and is so white that sunglasses are needed to walk around. The sea is a clean turquoise. Perhaps it needs a palm tree or two to protect against the relentless Caribbean sun. But you can not have everything in life ...
The small town of Gran Roque was a big surprise for us. Accustomed, as we are, to Caribbean mega-resorts and all inclusive holidays, by contrast in Gran Roque there are only small inns, a restaurant and no club. The streets of the village are sandy, and you get an idea that the pace of life here is anything but frantic. The houses are charming, painted in such bright colors that they look hard under the strong Caribbean sun. A very interesting visit in Gran Roque is to climb the lighthouse on the island ( it is the highest point in the archipelago) and enjoy the fantastic sunset from there.
We decided as a whole family to go for a walk along the Paseo Caracas starting The Paseo of the Heroes, and I had a very interesting experience. The place attracted many people to walk, jog, exercise or walk with family, and it's worth it. I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged when you come to Caracas to visit this beautiful place. Edgar Rodriguez Carmona
In downtown Caracas you can find the "House of Study of History Lorenzo Mendoza of Venezuela", which serves as a library, museum and study center. It is a model of a typical Caracas house from yesteryears with its architecture and its great exhibited furniture. It has a consultation center and a study that documents he history of Venezuela. It was founded in 1761 as a school, and has been designed for various purposes: Income Headquarters of Snuff, Casa Real de la Moneda, the seat of the school of Juan Vicente González "El Salvador del Mundo" and the Santa Maria. In 1893 the house was acquired by the Mendoza family and became the residence of his descendants. I recommend you visit this beautiful house, where you can enjoy the central courtyard, the gallery that houses furniture, the library, the excavation (an interesting 10 meter deep pit that was dug just five years ago), and the gardens. Its floors and ceilings, all memories from the past. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
This is one of the best places to go for Venezuelan nightlife, with live music from the latest bands almost every night and stand-up comedy on Mondays. A perfect place to see beautiful people. It has private parking opposite, maximum security where you are frisked at the entrance and varied music with good sound quality.
When researching the Internet looking for information on Los Roques, it's easy to find pictures of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear pool-like waters. These photos are of the small island of Madrisqui, one of the closest to Gran Roque and probably the most photographed beach in the archipelago. Although it is rather touristy, it's just a few meters away from the landing site of the catamarans and there's an amazingly relaxing beach sport. I'd really, really recommend it.
It's a great shame to leave a place like Los Roques, but it is what it is. It seems that the days spent in paradise must be very few, to not become to accustomed to it. If something is positive about departure it is at least the possibility to admire the archipelago from the air. Roques airport has local connections to Margarita Island (60 minutes) and Caracas (45 minutes). There are several airlines which fly from there (see attached link), although it should be noted that Venezuela airlines come and go with some frequency. You should check your flight and its existence before your flight.... The facilities have that Caribbean air in the rest of the town. You shouldn't miss the waiting room (I wish Barajas T4 had views of the Caribbean).
This doesn´t pop up on any typical tourist recommendation site or book and, in fact, to see a tourist with camera in hand here is very rare, but this city is a box full of surprises. Its historic area, the impressive city Ávila, or its university, is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was designed by the great architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva. It is a wonderful place that I recommend. Nature is able to create a beautiful space of communion. They say that macaws are official residents of the Chaguaramas.
The surroundings of the Plaza Altamira are always congested - the metro with its four exits, cars passing in various directions, pedestrians always in a hurry. One of the nearby houses, however, offers a place of tranquility that limits the outside chaos. A green door opens to give us a very large space with flower gardens, walkways, tall trees and long grass to pass the day in. I walked into this place with a book in hand, seeking the shade of a tree. I sat down and no one said anything to me. Children were playing with a ball, others, further down, were also reading. It was a weekday and from where I was, I could see the house perfectly, which was once a major farm in the city that opened its doors to host some exhibits. You can tour the house, but not take pictures in order to preserve it since it is private. In the gardens though, there is no limit to the camera flash. In this Arts Center, curious musicians, bohemians and travellers meet. The weekends are different though, it fills up with concerts, food and becomes a perfect retreat. It opens its doors every day, free of charge.
You'll find a variety of animals and vegetation. It's a petting zoo, since you can touch and even feed the animals. The park has special meal packages available for animals and so visitors can feed without giving inappropriate food. The park is in excellent condition. It is kept very clean. The animals look very healthy. There is an educational and recreational center founded for people with special needs, giving them an environment conducive to their integration into society. The main function of the institution is special education of people with mild and moderate mental retardation, and Downs syndrome. One area of expansion is the Expanzoo zoo, which offers its services to the public and in turn incorporates young people with special needs in the various tasks performed, such as hosts, general cleanup, food and gardening work. They are very attentive and great hosts. Tuft White Cockatoo, Macaws, Parrots, Ostrich, Tortoise Ranger, Zebra, Llama and Alpacas, Porcupine, Camel, Pony, Danta, Grey Kangaroo and Wallabies, Miniature Donkey, Capuchin monkey, sheep, pygmy goat, white-tailed deer... just some of the species that you will see in Expanzoo.
Avila is the mountain range that gives Caracas its climate and stands between the Caribbean and the city, cooling it down in the summer. It is a national park and has lots of places to go hiking, one of the most recommended is an hour away but is peaceful and quiet and you can see the Guaira and the Caribbean all its glory.