GEN­ERAL IN­FOR­MA­TION

Excelencias from the Caribbean & the Americas - - Los Roques. Venezuela -

SUR­FACE. 221 mil 120 ha.

AC­CESS. Daily flights leave from Mai­que­tia and Isla de Mar­garita to the Gran

Roque. By sea, you can get to the dif­fer­ent keys in pri­vate or rented boats.

WEATHER. Tem­per­a­tures are ex­treme and days are long and sunny, with an an­nual av­er­age of 28.9 Cel­sius de­grees, be­ing Septem­ber thru Oc­to­ber the hottest months. How­ever, with their reg­u­lat­ing ef­fect, the trade winds are quite re­fresh­ing, it is im­por­tant though to bring a good sun pro­tect­ing lo­tion.

MAIN OP­TIONS. Boat rides, sail­ing in sail boats or mo­tor boats (in au­tho­rized ar­eas), swim­ming, snor­kel­ing, div­ing, na­ture watch­ing and hik­ing tours in groups no larger than 15 peo­ple, vis­its to the tur­tle hatch­ery of Dos Mosquises Sur.

SER­VICES AND FA­CIL­I­TIES. El Gran Roque has a land­ing strip, an In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter where visi­tors can ob­tain in­for­ma­tion and per­mis­sions, INPARQUES su­per­vi­sion of­fice, the Of­fice of the Unique Author­ity Of­fice of the Area, a Na­tional Guard out­post, a Coast­guards sta­tion, a Fish­ing In­spec­tion Of­fice and po­lice sta­tion; small mar­kets; one clinic, pub­lic phones and div­ing cen­ters for train­ing and rent­ing of div­ing equip­ment. There are also mod­est but com­fort­able rooms run by com­pa­nies from the ma­jor Venezue­lan cities that of­fer ex­cur­sion and lodg­ing pack­ages. Pre­vi­ous au­tho­riza­tion is re­quired to camp in camp­ing ar­eas and trav­el­ers must bring their own gear and tents.

TAR­IFFS AND PER­MIS­SIONS. The Park’s Unique Author­ity charges na­tional and in­ter­na­tional visi­tors a tar­iff to get in. Spe­cial per­mis­sions are re­quired for cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties such as camp­ing, an­chor­ing, scuba div­ing in all of its vari­ants and sport fish­ing

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