CARIBBEAN COASTAL AREAS

CARACAS

Caracas - Metropolitan City…. Shopping..gold jewellery and leather goods, international cuisine
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With a population around 4 million, Caracas is the capital and most populated city in Venezuela. It is located close to the Coast (La Guaira Port), but at an altitude of 800 meters (2400 feet), which gives it an unique cool climate.

Caracas is located under the Avila, a mountain range of 2600 meters (7800 ft.) high, which you can reach by cable car. Definitely for tourists because of the beautiful view and  cool climate. If you like hiking you can also make a three to four hour excursion up to the summit  and return by cable car (or walking).

Caracas is also a cultural centre. The museum of modern art, is one of the most important in South America and you can appreciate high quality works.

Caracas is known for the quality of its restaurants, where you can have meals from all over the world. It also has several shopping centres, modern and luxurious that make shopping an interesting activity. Among the most popular buys for the tourists are gold jewellry, shoes and leather goods.
 
 


                                                                                                                                         COLONIA TOVAR
 

Typical Bavarian German Village…. When you leave Caracas to the west, about 60 kilometres  through the Macarao National Park, you will find one of the most charming  places in Venezuela. It is a small part of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) of Germany’s south west, but in Venezuelan . In fact, the first habitants came to Venezuela, after an agreement between the governments of Germany and Venezuela, and established in these beautiful mountains in 1843. They came from little towns like Wyhl, Edingen and Oberbergen of Kaiserstuhl. For many years they remained isolated from the rest of the country, and for that reason, they were able to keep many of their ancestral traditions for many generations. As an example, they kept their language, the badischen (a dialect from Baden), their food, their dressing and also their typical dances. Now all of these descendants from those pioneers speak Spanish and are completely incorporated to the country.

A visit to the Colonia Tovar, not only recreates our view - given its spectacular landscapes, its privileged weather with an annual average of 16º centigrade (61 Fahrenheit), due to the altitude of around 2000 meters above the sea level - but also will be enjoyed thanks to its excellent restaurants, where you will be able to appreciate the typical German cuisine, with an excellent local beer, and with its candies, marmalades and the typical strawberries with cream.

 

                                    





 CHORONI

Beaches, rainforest, birdwatching...

The traditional village of Choroni, one hour by car from Maracay via the cloud forest of Henri Pittier National Park and 5 minutes from the Caribbean Coast. Choroni is one of the oldest places on the central coast of Venezuela. At the beginning of the 17th century the village was found by Spanish captains who were attracted by the fertile soil. For many years, Choroni was one of the leading producers of cacao in the world and even today, you’ll find traditional cacao plantations.

 

Many trips can be made to the Henri Pittier National Park for a cloud forest hike to observe the unique flora and fauna and take refreshing dips in remote majestic waterfalls. Visits to sugar cane and cacao plantations with their colonial architecture are also a highlight. Of course days at the nearby beaches like Playa Grande in Puerto Colombia. You have the option of taking a small fisherboat ("peñero") to visit the neighboring bays like Chuao where you can walk through an old cacao plantation or Cepe, a beautiful, tranquil palm beach with excellent snorkeling. Additionally, taking a fisherboat to Valle Seco is a great opportunity for snorkeling. If you prefer solitude, you can walk or take a boat to the Beaches just west of Choroni. 

The Park provides a unique opportunity for worldclass birding tours among the many attractive features are  the Andrews Field Ecological Path at the Ranch Grande Biological Station or the Portachuelo Pass, a natural migratory route for birds and insects, we offer a Henri Pittier customized birding trip.  At night, travel down to the beach, so you can listen to the drums called Tambores played by the locals and enjoy the Caribbean drinks such as Guarapita (passion fruit).

  

                                                                                          LOS ROQUES

 

Los Roques - sand,sea and surf

Caribbean Island and beaches.Los Roques is an archipelago located in the Caribbean Sea, at 168 Km (100 miles) north of Caracas For its beauty and ecological importance it was declared national park in 1972. The archipelago has more than 50 islands. The most important, El Gran Roque (The great rock) is the only one populated and is where the airport is located. The other important islands are  Francisqui, Nordisqui, Madrisqui y Crasqui.

One of the biggest National Marine Parks of the Caribbean, with a very special flora and fauna, white beaches and crystal clear turquoise warm water, Los Roques  is a huge extension of  lagoons, small islands and beaches with white coral sand.

 

Scuba diving....  Diving in the Los Roques archipelago is the very essence of a diving adventure. This is the kind of diving once found in the Caribbean 20 years ago, yet almost non-existent today. It is a paradise of secluded and, until now, unknown reefs, alive with the wilderness of nature. Huge amounts of marine life, walls of soft corals and sea whips descend to more than 200 ft. through a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Along the flanks of submerged mountains, snappers, groupers and jacks gaze while barracudas cruise in precise formation and stingrays lurk on the sandy bottom. A wide variety of dive sites: shallow reefs, perpendicular drop-offs, pinnacles, caves that harbour sharks and crustaceans of every type, hide in cervices among forests of sponges, all sites reminiscent of everything from the Galapagos to Bonaire. Los Roques indeed provides the most unique, remote and greatest of all Caribbean underwater adventures.

 

FishingVenezuela is one of the most frequented destinations for sport fishing in the world. This activity maybe practiced all through the year and it represents  a great challenge for every good fan. The abundance of species such as Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sail Fish, Wahoo, Tuna, Barracuda, make of this area a true paradise. Fishing zones are only 30 minutes off shore cruising at normal speed.

 

 

 


                                                                                          MORROCOY

 

Morrocoy National Park

Mangrove, diving,bird watching,..Carribbean beaches.In the northwest of Venezuela, between the villages of Tucacas and Chichiriviche, is located Morrocoy National Park. This park, which is located part in land and part in the sea (Golfo Triste), has a large number of small islands or keys .

Impressive mangrove formations, surrounded by reefs, barriers and coralline shallow bases, all these inside a wonderful scenic mark dominated by the Chichiriviche Hill.  (Cerro Chichiriviche), is a large promontory of coral rock filled with caves. It's home to a variety of animals, ranging from howler monkeys to panthers. On the north side of the promontory is a wall covered with petroglyphs called Cueva de los Indios (Bird watchers can access the park via the road to Chichiriviche, which passes through Cuare Wildlife Refuge. The refuge's shallow waters are feeding grounds for some 20,000 flamingos and other water birds (as the sea earwig or frigate, the red corocora, the white, grey and rosy palette herons) that make it a paradise for the environmentalists.

 








                                                                                           


 MARGARITA

 
 
Caribbean island…beaches, windsurfing, sailing ….Margarita is a Caribbean island of Venezuela, located to the Northeast of Caracas  within a 35 minute flight, or a couple of hours by ferry from Puerto La Cruz or Cumana. It is one of the most touristic places in Venezuela. The resort-rich eastern part of the island has been called "Cancun South," but even that popular Mexican getaway must envy Margarita’s amazing collection of white-sand beaches (more than 50 of them), world-class windsurfing (at El Yaque), and some of the best diving in the southern Caribbean.

Duty-free shopping has long been  here for Venezuelans, who favour the imported cheeses, perfumes, and liquors. (Foreign visitors tend to search out buys in handicrafts such as hammocks and pottery.) Charter a deep-sea fishing boat, Ride a horse on one of those majestic beaches. . One of Margarita's best attractions is, with no doubt, the Lagoon of La Restinga National Park. You ride in a boat through the mangroves and reach a very long secluded beach.


DUTY FREE SHOPPING…..The city that has grown the most in the island is Porlamar. The centre of the city is formed by small streets with shops on both sides. That is where you will find the best prices. The most elegant stores are located in the avenues Santiago Mariño and 4 de Mayo (4th of May).

SAILING…. More than 300 islands are scattered across Venezuelan waters, and Margarita is the perfect hub for a sailing adventure. To the south lies a pair of islands a half-day’s sail away: Coche (quiet getaway with empty beaches and a couple of small hotels) and Cubagua (good diving). To the northeast, Los Frailes is a group of rocky islets popular with Margarita dive shops and the tropical Los Testigos, home to a community of fishermen still living a traditional life-style who strictly control the number of visitors.

WINDSURFING…. A long sandy beach, steady side shore winds (about 25 knots plus), and a shallow, waist-deep lagoon with water temps in the 80s. Welcome to El Yaque, one of the great year-round windsurfing spots in the world. Beginners can choose from several windsurfing schools, expert sailors can train for the international regattas held here in early summer – or take up the newest rush, kite-surfing. After the sun goes down? Well, think of an energetic beach-bar-and-restaurant scene geared to the same windsurfing set.

 

                                                                                                        

 
 

Mochima

Beaches, diving, kayaking,…..Occupying virtually 1000sq km of Eastern Venezuela, Parque Nacional Mochima encompasses an endless parade of white-sand, palm-fringed Caribbean beaches, 32 islands and a significant portion of the adjacent coastal mountain ranges with elevations up to 1000 meters. Its name in the native language means 'abundant waters'. Inland of the park offers a great diversity of landscapes from thick lush forests to a dry impenetrable forest of cactus. Various picturesque fishing villages are scattered along the coast.

The waters of The Mochima National park are of great delight for those who scuba or snorkel. In nearly all its bays and coves you can find hundreds of types of reefs, where marine life varies dramatically the deeper one descends. Extensive forests of coral of various sizes, shapes and colors cover almost every inch of exposed rock in this underwater world. Sea birds such as pelicans, terns, boobies, and magnificent frigates often feed alongside the dolphins as they bring
sardines and other small fish to the surface.

There are trips to the offshore islands are from the beach . There's excellent kayaking and sailing opportunities and virtually a guarantee of interacting with dolphins and on occasions pilot whales. You'll discover many secluded coves and private beaches that can only be reached from the sea.
On the islands there's some interesting hiking where you'll easily spot large iguana's and hikes to the top of the islands are rewarded with excellent views of the park. There are also a few sunken vessels to explore in Isla Chimanas Grande and Las Islas Caracas. The wreckage of ships sunk decades ago have helped form a diverse ecosystem and rich coralline reefs which provide refuge and food to a great variety of fish such as swordfish, various tuna, striped mullet and sea bass. In the lower depths you can observe red snappers, groupers, grunt and reef sharks. The inlets are rich in crustaceans and mollusks. Inland, abundant waterfalls, natural springs, caves and a tranquil traditional pace of life. Year-round air temperatures are in the mid 80's and for swimmers currents are virtually non-existent.