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South America » Venezuela » Nueva Esparta » Isla de Margarita February 18th 2013

For our Carnival week, Erin, Allison, Dereek, and I headed to Margarita Island. Only a 3 hour ferry trip (if everything is working properly - needless to say, it was not) from the mainland, Margarita seemed almost like a different country. It was clean (the garbage was picked up), the taxi cabs were marked with actual signs and they all charged about the same rate, and there were a lot more imports - I actually saw Hersey's Kisses and a kind of cookie that I bought in Kosovo and was pretty sure was from Turkey. Needless to say, we loved it from the moment we got there. Add to that the fact that we were staying at an all-inclusive hotel on the beach and we were in heaven. Our plan was to do nothing but lounge ... read more
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South America » Venezuela » Nueva Esparta March 15th 2011

This morning we arrived in Isla Margarita, a small island which belongs to Venezuela. Together with its neighbouring island, Isla Margarita (means pearl) forms the state of Nueva Esparta or New Sparta. We took a small trip all around the island and drove along the beaches but also into the cities and through the wilderness in the center of the island. We visited a museum which showed us the history of the island itself, we went to a beautiful church which is a pilgrimage place and saw the oldest church on the Isla. We went up to La Galera, a spanish colonial fort and from there we could see all of La Ascuncion, the capital of the island. Later we visited the Santa Rosa Fortress where Luisa Caceres de Arismendi, a heroine of the Venezuelan War ... read more
View from the fort with parts of La Ascuncion in the background
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Inside a church




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