Laguna de La Restinga National Park
area is a vast and varied ecosystem containing the of the largest mangrove forest in Venezuela.
Throughout the forest are brackish “lakes” whose waters are a mix of “sweet” fresh water and salt water. This is part of what makes La Restinga so special. These lakes, surrounded by mangroves, are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, wood storks, spoonbills, ospreys, flamingos and a gamut of fishes. This is where the La Restinga transitions from freshwater to saltwater and a wonderful place to experience.
Interconnecting these lakes are narrow, flowing tidal creeks. The mangrove forest grows to the very edge and even over the tops of these creeks forming a canopy or a tunnel. The sunlight (or moonlight) shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself, make for a surreal and mystical experience in the tunnels. The dense canopy regulates moisture and humidity allowing orchids, mosses and bromeliads to thrive.
Osprey Expeditions recommends this remarkable experience.
“This Kayak tour is simply one of the best things you can do in Isla Margarita: you would never expect such an eco experience in a touristy spot led by serious nature lovers. I took my whole family and still want to do it again. From the very first second I did this tour I knew my customers would love it”
Ben Rodriguez, Osprey Expeditions Director