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Another rainy start to our day - this time on Margarita Island

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).

Locals fixing breakfast for us at the highest point on the island
  Having Daniel along provided us with so much more information about the island and their way of life.  It was through Daniel on this trek we learned of "rain delays" including the only main highway on the island.  Life on Margarita moves at a slow pace.  Everything that can be done tomorrow, will be!  And so on..........

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.

Our guide explaining the surrounding area
  Also served were drinks.  I chose cheese, and it is very good!  Daniel also gave us information about the rainforest, and by the end of his talk, the overlook view had cleared.  The sights were amazing stretching out before us!  Valleys and hills led down to the cities and the coast.  So beautiful, and boy was I glad the weather cleared.  Hopefully, the rain was gone!

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.

A statue of Simon Bolicar in a park bearing his name. An important person in the history of the island.
  The exterior was that of just block and cement, but the interior was very open, spacious, and so beautiful!  After a little quiet time, just across the street appeared to be just another block building.  Inside were several small shops and a coffee shop.  These shops surrounded a small open courtyard where tourists and locals mingled.  What a nice little surprise!  We learned the island was noted for their pearls, and one of the shops offered very reasonable pearl jewelry, and other souveniers. 

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.

Windward side of the island
  With temperatures in the high 80s, the sun shining, and a warm breeze blowing, one could relax under a beach umbrella, sip something cool to drink, and doze off to the sound of the waves!  Locals would bring the shopping to you!  While relaxing, each one would stop by with their wares.  These people would negotiate prices.  My daughter purchased a pearl necklace for just $10 (it started at $120).  We were allowed almost 2 hours there before heading back to the ship.

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.

Mainland (Venezuela) in the Distance
  One could ferry over with or without vehicle. 

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!

Next stop - Oranjestad, Aruba 

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Another rainy start to our day - t…
Another rainy start to our day - …
Locals fixing breakfast for us at …
Locals fixing breakfast for us at…
Our guide explaining the surroundi…
Our guide explaining the surround…
A statue of Simon Bolicar in a par…
A statue of Simon Bolicar in a pa…
Windward side of the island
Windward side of the island
Mainland (Venezuela) in the Distan…
Mainland (Venezuela) in the Dista…
The view from the top!
The view from the top!
Another angle!
Another angle!
Ha - caught you with your mouth fu…
Ha - caught you with your mouth f…
Left - a very old Catholic Cathedr…
Left - a very old Catholic Cathed…
The altar in the church
The altar in the church
The beautiful sanctuary
The beautiful sanctuary
The ceiling of the church
The ceiling of the church
A lobby inside the building housin…
A lobby inside the building housi…
More of the shopping area
More of the shopping area
Beach chairs, umbrellas, warm bree…
Beach chairs, umbrellas, warm bre…
Playing in the surf
Playing in the surf
From a higher vantage point
From a higher vantage point
Lesley, Dan, and our guide
Lesley, Dan, and our guide
Margarita Island
Margarita Island
Isla Margarita
photo by: maka77