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Los Roques and Tortuga Radness

Los Roques and Tortuga Radness

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
100 Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and Los Roques Oct 26 - Nov 5, 2012 10
BIG CHANGE TO THE SCHEDULE for the Quest Eco Challenge! We've just added Los Roques and Tortuga to the itinerary as these two spots were easily my (Gavin's) favorite stops during our first year of The Best Odyssey, and we've determined that Barbados just can't match up. Reliable winds, uninhabited islands that belong in the Pacific, incredible coral reefs. We were concerned about running a trip here initially due to reports that Chavez had locked it down a bit, but we've just discovered Los Roques is still fair game.

We'll begin with an overnight sail to Tortuga. This flat desert island is uninhabited except for a fishing camp. We had the coolest full moon sessions of the expedition there in a little bay with perfect white sand around its rim and the most turquoise water you can imagine. Lobster the size of your forearm anyone? How about a dozen? Done. Another overnight sail and we'll carefully wind in through the protected outer reef of the Los Roques archipelago. Several reef wrecks give this place a feel that is distinctly non-Caribbean. The only town, on the main island of Gran Roque does not allow vehicles. The sand streets are lined with quaint and sexy luxury posadas that draw in Europe's most posh travelers, but just 15 minutes away by sail and you have one island after another all to yourself. Stunning doesn't begin to describe Los Roques. If you've had a tropical island paradise dream floating around in your imagination, Los Roques beats it.

We have one cabin available to non-members of the expedition. Cost is $6800 USD for the cabin (two person occupancy), all inclusive except getting to and from the boat. Other expenses include top shelf wine and spirits (table wine and beer is included). If you are interested, please contact us immediately.

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 Barcelona (book in advance) and then an official taxi to Puerto la Cruz on the return take a one way flight from Grand Roque to Caracas 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 not go out alone at night. Caracas is regarded as one of the most dangerous cities in South America.

Pluses
  • Chilled out atmosphere
  • Contant trade winds
  • Gorgeous Los Roques
  • Incredible kiting
  • Insane beaches and coral
  • Uninhabited Tortuga
  • Variety of spots
Minuses
  • Dealing with Caracas
  • Two overnight sails
Special Guests
  • Reo Stevens

Conditions
Air22C/72F - 29C/84F
Water26C / 79F
Mean Avg Wind11-15 Knots 86%
Miles160

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedReserved
Cabin 4 - Guest - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - Mike Hutchings - Guests: Guest
Cabin 1 - Yancy Wright - Guests: Andrew Olive


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