Monday, February 20, 2017

Morrocoy National Park

Morrocoy National Park is a protected island and marine preserve on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. It's about a 4 hour drive from Caracas. Part of Falcón state, it’s known for its mangroves, island beaches and cays like Cayo Sombrero. It was one of the two cays (really small islands) we relaxed on over the holiday weekend, along with the even smaller Cayo Pescadores.

We stayed in a really nice posada (lodging) in the park with their own docks. Breakfast and dinner were served outside by the docks. The facilities at La Ardileña Posada were great but there were some typically Venezuelan things going on. A little later in the morning they'd shut off the water to the rooms to conserve their water tank. The electricity suddenly went out at the end of dinner on our last night for about 5 minutes. We could see the stars fairly clearly until they got the generator started and restored the lights. We're starting to get used to electricity not always being available or the water not being available and/or clear so it wasn't anything unusual to us now.




  
 




all secure in the posada


The posada took us by boat each day out to a cay and left us with chairs, umbrellas, and coolers. There were annoying sellers walking up and down the beach but we could tune them out after a while. The ice cream sellers were a little more annoying with ringing bells since they thought they were ice cream trucks. Boats parked on the shore and sometimes played their music loudly and competitively. It was a cacophony of noise when the tempos were out of sync.
































The posada provided a little bit of lunch but we bought some real lunches on the cays. The first day we bought fresh grilled fish and fried shrimp. The second day was really cool with boiled lobster served cold along with seafood ceviche chopped up by a guy in a little boat. They even had a punto (card reader) to charge the meal on this little island. There was barely any cell signal for it but it worked. There were two other guys wading around with a cooler on styrofoam selling ceviche and oysters. Ahhhh, it's good to get away from the city!










Sunday, January 29, 2017

Caracas City Tour

We had to take a secure guided tour to see the heart of downtown Caracas with government buildings, churches, and museums. We normally can't go to these areas so this was a rare treat to visit some of the local national treasures! Click on the pictures for bigger versions.

Asamblea Nacional (National Assembly)












San Francisco










Top of the Miraflores Presidential Palace



Views from El Calvario Park






Chavez eyes in the outfield of a ballpark










Around the Streets









 



Panteón Nacional y Mausoleo del Libertador Simón Bolívar







































Catedral de Caracas













Plaza Bolívar and Simón Bolívar Birthplace House