Next Stop - Isla Margarita, Venezuela
Isla Margarita Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
Good Heavens - Another rainy morning! According to our guide, today has been and continues to be very rainy. Quite unusual for this time of the year! And everything stops for the rain! Schools can delay, work can be delayed, traffic slows to a crawl, most people would like to just stay inside! But not us! Thus begins a new day on Margarita Island, Venezuela!
We decided on a ship tour - a 4x4 island adventure to the highest point of the island and the promise of a wonderful beach. Our 4x4 is a jeep with the top missing. Due to the rain, a tarp is pulled over the opening, and off we go. As luck would have it, Daniel, our guide, rode in our jeep (there were 5 or 6 Jeeps total).
Our first stop was the highest point on Margarita - up in the rainforest. Due to the rain and drizzle, the view from the overlook was closed. There was nothing to see except fog. While there, a local woman was making empanadas - a favorite of the area for breakfast. She would pat out some dough, fill it with cheese, chicken, or fish, deep fry to a golden brown (you don't want this delicacy dark in color), and selling each one for just $1 USD.
Leaving this area, we drove through many towns and housing areas. We stopped at Simon Bolivar Park which lies in the center of town. There a large statue of Simon Bolivar marking the importance of his discoveries in the area. Also, the third oldest cathedral was just steps away. We were allowed a look inside where beautiful wood working adorned the altar, ceiling, and trim of this very old church.
After shopping for a short time, it was load up the Jeep for a trip to the beach! Parguito Beach is on the windward side of the island, thus producing big waves! Many were surfing, or at least trying to hone their skills. With the waves crashing in with force, we were given instructions on how to "play" in the surf.
Once again, Daniel provided us information, entertainment, and always was eager to learn something new from us. We arrived back at the port with plenty of time to shop in the marketplace along side the pier. While on the ride back, Daniel pointed out the view of mainland Venezuela.
My husband and I finished the day shopping at the marketplace. There locals set up shop selling most anything you could think of from jewelry to coffee to windchimes, clothing, and the traditional shot glasses, Christmas ornaments, and magnets! Prices were very reasonable where you could do a little negotiating on the purchase.
Reflections of Margarita Island - the people are so friendly and funny. They love to make jokes! And no one is in a hurry, life is so carefree! This island was much flatter than the others we visited. Even cactus plants were growing in the wild. The beach was absolutely beautiful, and the rainforest provided such a contrast. There is growth pertaining to the tourist industry with new resorts being built. One person related that visitors from the mainland come to Margarita to relax, and I can definitely see why!
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