Tip: Los Roques, Venezuela

Venezuela is not the most common travel destination because of all the political unrest, but in terms of nature and unspoilt nature it has much to offer. Henk visited Latin America in 2017 and came across Los Roques, an island archipelago with pearly white beaches, which attracts only 50,000 (mainly Venezuelan) visitors annually and lies 160 kilometres north of the coast of Caracas.

Text: Angelique van Os | Photography: Henk Bothof

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The archipelago consists of about 350 islands, of which Gran Roque is the only one inhabited. Approximately 150 families live there. Los Roques is known for its incredible crystal-clear water in various shades of blue and with its 225,000 hectares forms the largest naval park in the Caribbean. By the way, there are mangrove marshes where many life flourishes as well as untouched corals. A unique ecosystem.

Activities

In terms of activities it is also good: you can do island hopping, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, fly fishing or bird watching. On the island of Dos Mosquises you will find a research centre for sea turtles, with a special breeding programme and an information centre for visitors For more information click here.

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