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Morrocoy

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Morrocoy is in the state of Falcón in northwestern Venezuela.

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Flora and fauna[edit]

Coral reefs and tropical fish are abundant in the waters around the cayos. Dolphins, marine turtles and even some coastal caimans live in the remoter mangroves. Birds include pelicans, flamingoes, egrets and the odd scarlet ibis. On the islands, vegetation is sparse and generally adapted to the dry, salty environment.

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Tropical to mid-desertic, the rainy season here is when is dry season to the rest of Venezuela. From november until february it could rain, mostly at night. Sunny with very nice temperature ( 27C average) during the whole year.

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There's not much to do either in Chichiriviche or Tucacas apart from going to the beach and all the activities related with beaches. Local tourists reunite at night in the Chichiriviche Malecon which is the main embankment place where there are plenty of artesans, street food and loud music.

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There's plenty to see in Morrocoy Coral Reef Islands are: Cayo Sal, Cayo Muerto, Cayo Peraza,Cayo Pelon which recently disappeared, Varadero , Cayo Sombrero, Playa Azul, Cayo Norte, Boca Seca, Playuela, Playuelita, Paicla', Cayo Borracho, Mayorquina........and more! The Caves are a very important place for the locals.There's the virgin cave which gets its name from a sight of the virgin Mary and it's a cave where people makes offers, so there's plenty of statues and personal objects of who died.Yuo can only get there by boat. The indigenous cave is a calcareous hole similar to cenotes in Mexico where you can sight petroglyphs carved in the stone dated around 5000 years ago. Chichiriviche and the Cuare Refuge ( Refugio de fauna silvestre de Cuare) is a great place for birdwatching since more than 50% of the volatiles of Venezuela comes here during the year. The mangrove canals are another way to spend your day.You can kayak through those canals or visit them with a boat. The most famous one is the Love Canal where the story tells that local people used it in the past to find some privacy with their loved ones. So thay say : " two will enter the love canal, but three will exit".

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The main islands, or cayos are Borracho, Pelón, Sombrero, Sal, Playuela and Peraza.

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  • Posada Aloe (Chichiriviche), Playa Norte (Av.Leon Jurado), 0058(0)4244249211, [1]. Posada Aloe is a family run small hotel located inside the Morrocoy national park, Chichiriviche; Venezuela. One of the most important for the incredible variety of species, birds in particular.The main attractions are the small coral islands with sandy beaches and cristal clear waters. Just 2 blocks from the carribean sea, Posada Aloe has 6 nicely decorated rooms, swimming pool, restaurant. In Posada Aloe you can rent boats to the islands, rent a boat for the whole day, rent kayaks, book a trip to the desert of Coro, book a diving tour or just relax. 20-40$.  edit

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Camping is allowed on some of the islands, such as Cayo Paiclá, but not all ; a permit should be requested from the Inparques offices in Tucacas or Chichiriviche.

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Stay safe[edit]

Despite the unsafe big cities, Chichiriviche is still a quite safe place. No problems using your camera or going around during the day, but at night is better to take some precautions and follow the advices of the locals which are always very keen to help

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