Catamaran to La Isla de Coche
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We had set our alarm at 07:00, because a bus picks us up at 07:30. Because hotel breakfast only starts at 07:30 we donâ€™t eat, only have quickly two cakes and drink a coffee. The bus arrives on time and brings us to the harbor of Porlamar. We are personally welcomed by Suzanna and Daniel; two very sympathetic people. We wait for 20 minutes on the last buses and enter the catamaran with 56 persons. We receive a briefing, introduction of the crew ( a gang of madman) and safety instructions, always laid back and with a funny twist. They give us orange juice and Venezuelan Christmas bread, very good. We sit inside the cabin, but it smells there and there is a lot of running around, so we go and sit outside, in the sun, we need to use plenty of sun oil, so we wonâ€™t get burnt. The crew plays tricks on everyone and there even is 1 guy who films the trip â€“ of course to sell the DVD afterwards. With all the funny stuff, time flies and before we realize we arrive at Coche. We talk with a German couple, from the ex DDR and they even lived during communism, they even spoke Russian. We arrive on Coche and this is really Caribbean, waving palm trees, beautiful blue water and a sandy beach white as snow. Just splendid. That is why you come to the Caribbean of course! We choose two sun beds with a parasol so we can sit in the shadow, because it is hot like hell and there is a breeze, so that is dangerous. They improvise a beach bar and we can drink everything, just like on the boat, very well arranged. The crossing apparently took a while, because itâ€™s already time to lunch. It is a buffet in a house a bit down the beach and we have tomato, cucumber, cabbage and carrots and a piece of fish with rice. The German couple sits with us at the table and we talk about one thing and another. After lunch we try to see some fish during snorkeling, but there is nothing to see. We swim to a pier with a dozen of pelicans, but apart from some mussels we see nothing. So we rest on the beach, doing nothing, thatâ€™s nice too. At 14:00 the crew calls everybody to join to the Salinas: salt mines. We walk a minute and arrive at the deserted salt mine; here are mountains of almost petrified, crystallized salt. Behind that there is a rose-purple lake; that is a beautiful sight. There is a part of the lake with really black mud, it seems that itâ€™s good for the skin, but it stinks unbelievably hard. A few of our group rub it on their skin and even plunge in the mud. Not us. We solely watch and enjoy the surroundings. As the first ones we go back to the sun beds, rest another 30 minutes and drink a beer. At 15:00 itâ€™s time to start the journey back. We arrive at La Isleta and the same bus as this morning brings us back to the hotel. Just outside the harbor Timo sees a caracara fly over the road, yes; that bird was still on the list to be spotted. At 17:30 weâ€™re back at the hotel, rinse our gear, take a shower and then itâ€™s back to caipiriÃ±a time at the bar. All inclusive does have some good sides too. We are hungry and are tired, that is surprising, but you know, we always are outside in the plain air, you get tired of that. We eat pasta with cold vegetables and fish from the buffet. After dinner we take another caipiriÃ±a to our room and drink it there. Already 12 candles, Jesus, our time her is becoming short. Das ist Schade! We fall asleep like rocks and itâ€™s only 21:30.