Photographer's Note

The Morrocoy National Park is located in the Falcón state. It is one of the country's principal coastal tourist destinations. Morrocoy is one of the most spectacular littoral environments on Venezuela's coast.

Morrocoy national park comprises a strip of the coast and the offshore area dotted with islands, islets and cays, many islands skirted with white-sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs. The waters around the islands offer marvelous opportunities for snorkeling, diving, windsurf, etc.

The park is a popular destinations for the Venezuelan tourists, who come in masse on holidays and weekends. Maybe, the fragile island environment is beginning to suffer from human interference.

This park is located between the towns of Tucacas and Chichiriviche, which are its main gateways. Both these towns have well organised boat services to the islands, as well as an array of places to stay and eat. The tourists can use then as a springboard for day trips to the islands.

The most popular of the islands is Cayo Sombrero, which has fine coral reefs and some of the best beaches. Other places good for snorkeling include Cayo Borracho, Cayo Peraza, Playa Mero y Playuela.

The park is also well known for its variety of wading and water birds including ibis, pelicans, flamingos, ducks, etc. They inhabit, either permanently or seasonally, some of the islands and coastal mangroves, especially the Golfete de Cuare, which has been declared a wildlife refuge.

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