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Los Roques, Los Aves and Bonaire

Los Roques, Los Aves and Bonaire

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
102 Los Roques and Bonaire Nov 21 - Dec 1, 2012 10
Easily one of the best itineraries that can be done in not just the Caribbean- but the Atlantic, if not the world. We'll begin this journey in Los Roques, which is discussed on trip #101. A perfect time of year for solid trade winds, long downwinders, and lagoon kiting that will blow your mind. Oysters, lobster, beaches and a couple trips to Gran Roque to listen to sublime rhythms in a couple of the coolest beach bars you've ever seen. From Los Roques we'll sail an easy 90 miles downwind to Los Aves. Owners Thomas and Adrienna Scheuring, who traveled with us for all five years of The Best Odyssey (and will be again on The Cabrinha Quest) said that Los Aves was their favorite stop of the entire expedition. Uninhabited, idyllic, wild, and just silly beautiful, it truly is magical. We'll spend the majority of the trip exploring this incredible area before sailing a further 50 miles downwind to Bonnaire, famous for its scuba diving, pink flamencos and very intact ecosystem as there has been a progressive campaign for over 40 years to preserve the islands' unique biodiversity.

For more information on traveling in Venezuela: Lonely planet / Wikitravel

For more information on Los Roques: losroques.org / Wikitravel

For more information on Tortuga: wikipedia / Wikitravel

For more information on local conditions (wind and waves):Windguru

Getting there: International flights to Caracas "Simon Bolivar Airport" are regular and available from most major airlines, from Caracas take a one way flight to Gran Roque, Los Roques (book in advance) on the return take a one way flight from Bonaire to connect with your on bound booking.

Visas: Most visitors from Western countries don't need a visa, (Make sure to double check) just a tarjeta de ingreso (tourist card), officially known as DEX-2, which is free and will be provided upon entry to the country. More information: visa hq

Medical: Hepatitis A and B, and Yellow Fever vaccinations are highly recommended, along with some form of malaria prevention. Proof of measles vaccination is sometimes required prior to entry / departure from Venezuela.

Safety: When traveling through Caracas and Venezuela take care to dress casually, only take official taxis, and do not go out alone at night. Caracas is regarded as one of the most dangerous cities in South America, but be smart and you'll have no problems.

Pluses
  • Amazing underwater scenery
  • AWESOME flatwater
  • Great downwind sailing
  • Island hopping
  • Perfect climate
  • Trade winds
  • Uninhabited Los Aves
  • Variety of spots
Minuses
  • Different inbound and outbound ports
  • Lack of waves
  • Venezuelan Bureaucracy
Conditions
Air22C/72F - 29C/84F
Water26C / 79F
Mean Avg Wind11-15 Knots 86%
Miles90

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedReserved
Cabin 1 - Craig Pryor - Guests: Michael Payne
Cabin 3 - Konstantin Othmer - Guests: Henrik Rosen
Cabin 4 - Fred Clark - Guests: Holly Villiger


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