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Nearby islands – Francisquí and Madrisquí

transparent seawater

white sand and blue sky


Francisquí and Madrisquí are the islands near Gran Roque, many hotels offer transport as part of the accommodation fee. Madrisquí I visited in one of the stops of a dive. We spent some time in the island enjoying the place and chatting. The sea is gorgeous, as anywhere here. There are many tourists that spend the day on the island. They bring their cooler with food, chair and umbrellas to sleep under the shade. The peace and silence are incredible, difficult to imagine when comparing to the beaches in Salvador, that are noisy and looks like people have a competition to see who has the loudest music.

Francisqui was my chosen place to “do nothing”. I spent two days laying down the sand, going for a few walks, reading and enjoying the sandbanks to be “soaking” in the water at midday.

Path to the natural pool

Natural Pool

self-portrait with sardines

The island is near Gran Roque, only a few minutes by boat...

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First day of diving in Los Roques

A little bit of the underwater feeling on the first day of diving in Los Roques. Dive sites were La Buceadora and El Morrito. And for the ones who like a bar anywhere, here in the depths of the sea we found a table with some bottles.

Mergulho/Dive 1a – Los Roques, Venezuela from Karla Brunet on Vimeo.

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Pablo and Otto – divemaster in Los Roques

My guides for the dives in Los Roques. Divemasters at Ecobuzos.

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Interview with Carlos Quintana

Carlos is a traveler… has worked on cruise ships and traveled around the world. Nowadays he chose Los Roques to live and works in one of the cafés in Gran Roque. The place where I had been a few times for a beer sitting on a puff on the beach. The place is magic, specially by the end of the day with the Caribbean lights and starred sky.

Here Carlos Quintana talks a bit about Los Roques.

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Time Zone in Venezuela

The time zone in Venezuela is considered one of the Chávez’s whims. Here the time zone is -4:30 hours (UTC/GMT). I asked many people about the reasons for having a 30 minute time difference. They all answered me: “I don’t know, it is Chavez idea”. It is incredible to think of an eccentric president that one day wakes up and decided to change the time of the whole country to 30 minutes earlier…

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Venezuela: the arrival

The arrival in Venezuela was “errant”. I got at the airport in Caracas having no idea where I was going to stay. I just knew I had a reservation for an air ticket to Los Roques for next day, 3pm. But event that flight, I hadn’t received the confirmation ticket.

As almost everywhere in South America, arriving in a city we are harassed by a great number of men trying to sell transport and money exchange. Passing through them it is an accomplishment.

The first thing I did was to check my flight with Chapi Air. I had to get my luggage and walk to the domestic terminal. Getting there I found out my they were closed until next day 2 hours prior boarding time.

My second action was to decided where to sleep. So, I went to tourist information desk and tried to get a room. The one they recommended me was full, so I got a taxi driver recommended by them and he took me to a hotel. My only request was to have wifi and, of course, not to be so expensive. He took me to a place in Playa Grande...

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