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Old 11-02-2019, 23:23   #16
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Re: Cruising Venezuela 2019

The offshore islands from Tortuga westwards including Los Roques are not frequented by the pirates. They operate in small open boats from the coastal towns and the islands are too far out for them to reach.


If you have an American flag or passport you need a visa and you could run into deep caca from the authorities - even detention and confiscation of vessel.



You are supposed to check in at the Guard post on Gran Roque when visiting Roques and have to pay a park visiting permit. However it is a large archipelago, easy to get lost in and the natives are friendly. There is no water, fuel, or supplies to be had, but plenty of fish and lobster.
Cash dollars are very acceptable everywhere.


Las Aves atolls are great. There is nobody on Barlovento and only a small friendly guard post on Sotavento.


The situation on the mainland is very tense right now but but there could very likely be a major improvement in the near future, so don't rule it out if you are not in a hurry.



For a description of a couple of recent trips in the area read "Desperate Deliveries" by Cris Robinson available on Amazon e-books and paperbacks.
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