Happy couple playing in the surf.
Another ship trip led us to another amazing guide and experience. We left it up to Mom to take most of the pictures, so again, head on over to FishAtHeart’s blog to see us in the rainforest.
We left the ship with our LARGE group. Once again, I thought “oh-no, a crowded experience”, but again, I was pleasantly mistaken. We climbed into open air 4WD vehicles holding 4 - 6 people each, not a big ol’ bus, THANK GOODNESS! As luck would have it, our guide Daniel Caro (I have contact info if you’re heading there, so message me. He was someone that would be fun to sit and have a drink with. He was lively and a LOT of fun. And he traveled in our vehicle. We laughed, learned about the island, and told jokes the entire trip. We drove around Porlamar before heading into the rainforest.
We had to put the top up on the jeep because a downpour decided to move in. When we arrived in the rainforest, it was drizzly, chilly, and cloudy. The biggest purpose of coming to this location was to overlook the city below, be we were literally in a cloud and saw nothing… until… about 10 minutes of Daniel trying his very best to explain what we should see, talking to us about our route, and explaining the empanadas the wonderful local woman was making for us for only $1, the rain moved out, weather cleared up, sun came out, and view was breathtaking. The rest of the day was hot and sunny! J The empanada was great. I am going to snitch one of Mom’s pictures (the one of me with the cook.) What a glorious start to the day.
Just before being bowled over my a giant wave.
After some relaxing time in the forest, we came down out of the mountains to La Asuncion (Sorry, I know that’s incorrect, but I haven’t figured out accents on my English keyboard yet) to visit the third oldest cathedral in South America and do some local craft shopping.
. Bolivar square was small but very well kept and beautiful. We learned a good deal of history about Venezuela.
Restaurants along the Parguito Beach.
Time to board the jeeps again and off to Parguito Beach. WOW! It’s on the north side of the island so the waves are strong and surfable. Dan and I had a great time playing around in the strong surf. I negotiated the cost of a simple pearl strand from a beach vendor from $120 USD to $10 USD. Not bad, huh? He probably still made a heck of a profit.
Included in the tour at this time was an open bar and local fresh fruit. *sigh* Two hours of bliss. Remember that evil sunburn mentioned in the description of this blog? Compliments of Parguito Beach. If you’re looking for a nice restaurant and one of the cleanest beaches ever, head there! The sand was well manicured and spotlessly clean. I was sad when Daniel told us we needed to head back. We had a pleasant hour drive back to the port area.
Me with our cabin number.
At the end of the drive when we were gathering our possessions, I realized that my very favorite pair of sandals was still relaxing back on Parguito Beach. CRUD! I had a short walk over hot blacktop to the shopping area where my husband bought me a pair of flip-flops so I didn’t continue to burn my tootsies and I could shop for a bit.
There was a large craft market with a great selection and a few places to catch a bite and drink especially for the cruise passengers. This is where I picked up a nativity, coffee, beads, and a nice beach dress (made in Taiwan <hey, it’s an island, too>, but it was a heck of a deal and matched my new $7 plastic flip flops. *rolling eyes*) I was telling my husband before the cruise that I needed a new pair because these were about ready to retire. Hey, if I had the choice, I'd retire on a beach in Venezuela, too!
I have salt water up my nose.
When on a cruise, I’m always thinking about islands I would come back to and stay for a longer vacation. This one is a definite winner (especially if we call Daniel and have a drink or two!) Between Isle de Margarita and Grenada, I have two new favorite Caribbean locations. I have a life “To-Do” list (now called a bucket list thanks to the movie) in which is written: “Visit at least 5 continents”. This stop made #3! J Only two to go.
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