LOS ROQUES "The
national Park of the Caribbean"
places on the planet can offer human eyes such an extraordinary
and singular beauty as that of Archipelago Los Roques National
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. There are no mild or stumped transitions. Over the sandy
bottom the crystal clear transparency of the water is very
bright, over the vegetable prairies it is opaque, dark.
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. The archipelago is
protected by two reef barriers: One that goes from north to
south by some 24 kilometers and protects the archipelago from
eastern currents and a second barrier that runs some 32
kilometers from east to west.
Los Roques is
similar in size to that of the complete Northern Caribbean Virgin Islands.
Roques is located 156 kilometers north of Venezuela's central
coast, between 11°43’ and 11°58’ latitude north and 66° 53’ and
66° 57’ longitude west. The entire park has an area 2.251 KM2
spreading 46 kilometers from east to west and 26.6 kilometers
from north to south. Los Roques is similar to coral atolls of
the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 75 keys of old coral origin,
and thousands sand bars, all peacefully arranged in a oval shape around a
shallow central lagoon.