Los Roques got the blues...
Trip Start Jul 24, 2005
10Trip End Aug 14, 2005
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Our plane landed on the tiny airstrip (check out the air control tower) of Gran Roque, and we headed to Posada Eva for our all inclusive visit to the archipelago!
After lathering on the sunscreen the boat arrived to take us, our snorkel gear, lunch cooler, umbrellas, and beach chairs to the island of our choice. Day one we spent on Francisquises, a whole day of RELAXATION. This is how it is done in Los Roques, relax under the umbrella pouring threw the pages of your book, take a dip in the clear blue water when the mood strikes, and when brave enough to endure the sun you excursion out to a fantastic snorkeling spot! At the end of the day the boat comes to collect you and take you back to the main island
That evening we hiked up the hills of Gran Roque, the only island with any topographical relief in the entire archipelago, to watch the sunset and enjoy the surrounding views. After dinner we played cards and drank cervesas, our day started at 4:30am so we were a tired bunch, sleep came early!
The following day the boat took us to Nordisqui. This island was a little less remote than the previous day, and snorkeling was a bit of a disappointment (although we did see a Caribbean lobster). Regardless, it is incredible how the days pass so quickly when you are just enjoying the sun and the water. After returning from the island we decided to enjoy the happy hour, trying all the fruity drinks the beach-side bar could offer! And after dinner we headed out to survey the night life on Gran Roque - quite hopping to our surprise! We strolled the streets and shops and wound up the night at the "bean bag" bar!
On our last day we wound up back at Francisquises for a half-day before our flight back to the mainland, where the pilots played island reggae and the whole cabin danced in our seats!
Our flights home were early the following day, so we spent the night at a decent little place in Catia La Mar, near the airport. I was excited to be heading home, although I don't yet consider my empty apartment "home" and there are a lot more uncharted waters to come, but the prospects of hearing the familiar voices of friends and family would do. And all the other little things like FREE toilet paper you can actually throw in the bowl and flush!