Los Roques

Los Roques archipelago is a federal dependency of Venezuela consisting of approximately 350 islands, cays, and islets in a total area of 40.61 square kilometers. The archipelago is located 128 kilometers (80 mi) directly north of the port of La Guaira. The islands coral reef attracts many wealthy visitors, mostly from Europe, some of whom come in their own yachts and anchor in the inner, protected shallow waters. Because of the wide variety of seabirds and rich aquatic life, the Venezuelan government declared Los Roques a National Park in 1972.

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Few places on the planet can offer human eyes such an extraordinary beauty as that of Archipelago Los Roques National Park.

An air view allows us to enjoy the varied range of blue tonalities of its crystal clear waters, only altered by the white sands and the deep green of the mangrove swamps which are present in the keys. Under the water the contrast of white sand with the green of the marine herbs and the various colors and shapes of the coral reef can be easily seen. Los Roques is describes quite well with this singular setting pointing out that: The factor which gives Los Roques its characteristic seal is the brightness. The second one is the clarity of the blending of colors: the intense and pure blue of its deep waters; the blinding white of sand beaches; the intense green of mangrove swamps. The sandy bottom beneath the crystal clear water is very bright.

The existence of numerous keys provides a variety of marine settings which go from sand beaches, rock beaches with strong surf, bays with still water, coastal reef or barrier, mangrove swamp areas, lagoons and salt mines, among others. There is no doubt that the marine setting of Los Roques is one of the most beautiful and special of the Caribbean and of the world and that its coral reefs are among the best preserved.

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