Bienvenido en Panama!

The most well-known symbols of the small Latin American country of Panama are unquestionably the Panama Canal and the Panama hat; however, guests must know that although these are the first connotations in mind, they are certainly not the only ones that visitors are left with after a relaxing holiday in this thriving central land. The sun-kissed country sporting a wealth of landmarks and a rich culture is a gentle blend of swaying palm trees, shiny powdery beaches and sapphire waters- an irreproachable sailing ground for luxury charter mega yachts, luxury charter catamarans, luxury charter powerboats and luxury charter sailing yachts.

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Under Venezuelan Spell

Venezuela is a fairly new destination on the world charter circuit, deserving nonetheless attention among yachtsmen visiting the southern Caribbean region. From the moment that guests reach Venezuela, they will be astounded by the magical ambiance of the country, a true cradle of Amerindian and Spanish culture, where tradition is intertwined with modernism and where generations celebrate lively music, dance and succulent food. This undiscovered tourist destination boasts irregular bluffs rimming the northern coastline with magnificent stretching beaches, deep turquoise waters and sunny days all year round.

And is there any better way of discovering Venezuela’s shoreline than aboard a luxury charter yacht with Sunreef Yachts Charter?

Heaven on Earth

Every guest visiting Venezuela can literally expect the unexpected. Not only are there plenty of historical monuments to visit in Venezuela, but every corner has plush flora and fauna to discover as well as breathtaking panoramas to admire. Venezuelan grounds are abundant in coco beans from which top-quality chocolate is later produced, and year-round pleasant temperatures beckon for lounging around in the sun aboard your luxury charter yacht comfortably docked off one of the country’s Caribbean islands.

Land of rich biodiversity

What each visitor in Venezuela should know is that the country is home to an extraordinarily high number of national parks. Topping at 43, these protected areas cover slightly over 21% of the country’s territory. The Henri Pittier National Park was the first one- created in 1937 and initially baptized Rancho Grande, only to be renamed nearly 20 years later in homage of Henri Pittier, a Swiss scientist who sacrificed many years on studying the fauna and flora of the region. The park covers an astounding area of over 1000 km2 where visitors can admire both mountainous and coastal regions, the latter boasting magnificent bays and beaches to visit on your luxury charter mega yacht or luxury charter catamaran. Anchor off Bahia de Cata, Playa Cuyaguya, La Cienaga de Octumare or Playa Choroni and soak in one-of-a-kind panoramas of the south American continent.

While there is more than you can imagine that pleases the eye in Venezuela, magnificent landscapes are not the only feature contributing to the country’s magic. All of the national parks in Venezuela are home to unique bird species endemic to the area making the territory a dream charter destination for all amateur ornithologists. The Henri Pittier National Park alone is the natural habitat for more than 580 species such as the peregrine falcon or the helmeted curassow, to name a couple.

Nineteen times higher than Niagara

Charter guests wishing to visit inland and willing to spare some time to do so, should not miss the chance to see the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls. Reaching 3,212 feet, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the heart of the Canaima National Park and is nineteen times higher than North America’s fabled Niagara Falls. Dropping over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain and rushing into the Rio Gauya, the falls are an astounding cascade pumping daily hectoliters of water and promising unparalleled acoustic and visual sensations.

Isla de Margarita

Margarita Island is the largest island in the Venezuelan Caribbean state of Nueva Esparta located on the northeastern coast of the country. When Christopher Columbus arrived on the island in 1498, he was the first European to discover the coast abounding in pearls which later became a primary source of wealth for the Spanish Crown.

The coast of Margarita Island is lined with many quaint and remote anchorages for your luxury charter catamaran, luxury charter mega yacht or luxury charter powerboat, as well as trendy towns with all the amenities and luxuries that you will need during your stay. The island’s main city is Porlamar with two municipal beaches, whose population rises considerably during the summer. Porlamar is a free-port, a genuine Mecca for tourists visiting trendy boutiques and top-notch restaurants rimming the city’s avenues. Only a few miles northeast of the city lies another principal hub, Pampatar, an ancient fortified city dating back to the 16th century. The town offers not only ruins of colonial fortifications against pirates but also wide beaches, warm sparkling waters, towering verdant palm trees as well as high-end shopping just like in the neighboring city of Porlamar.

Beaches on Isla de Margarita

Clearly, one of the main reasons why tourists from all over the country and the region visit the island are its premium beaches. The most celebrated beach destination on Margarita Island is Playa El Agua, the island’s longest, widest and busiest beaches, a perfect stop for charter guests who are looking both for a fun and playful destination as well as ample local flavor. This stretch of land is bordered with humongous plush palm trees that shelter restaurants, cafes, boutiques and resorts. After a day of swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing and snorkeling, visit one of the waterfront bars for an evening drink or stop by a quaint restaurant for a typical island dinner.

Playa El Yaque is topping the list of Venezuela’s busiest tourist attractions and not without a reason. Shallow water and favorable winds make this destination popular among wind and kite surfers who visit this destination in large numbers. Pick-nicking is a must when you visit Playa El Yaque so let your expert charter crew pack a delicious lunch and join the locals in celebrating each moment spent among friends or family.

Isla de Coche

Located at the southern tip of Isla de Margarita is a smaller, yet no less original island of Coche. Just like her sister-island, Isla de Coche was discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century and later settled by colonizers who soon abandoned the island after the neighboring Cubagua was devastated by a tropical storm. The next successful settlement of Coche took place in the 19th century and the island rests inhabited from this point on.

Isla de Coche is ideal for mooring off one of the beaches and plunging directly into warm transparent waters of the Caribbean Sea. Charter guests will be pleased to visit some of the world’s premium beaches- wide stretches of white and gold sands almost seamlessly merging into the water.

Remote and mysterious Cubagua

Welcome to the smallest island comprising the state of Nueva Esparta. This flat-topped island is rather rigid due to its dry climate and lack of verdant vegetation but Cubagua’s remoteness and unpopularity among tourists are the exact reasons why this location is unparalleled for kicking back and relaxing. The island is even deprived of streets and roads so the only way of moving around is by ferry or luxury charter yacht or catamaran, a dream solution for guests chartering with Sunreef Yachts Charter.

Los Roques

No luxury charter vacation in Venezuela is complete without a visit to the Los Roques archipelago. Located 100 miles north of the country’s mainland, Los Roques is best to view from aboard your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter mega yacht. The sailing conditions in Los Roques are flawless and with clear skies and more than enough sunshine to caress your skin, it is not surprising that this Venezuelan destination is a favorite among visitors. Consisting of more than 350 islands, islets and cays, this immaculate archipelago is a maze of untouched corals gladly visited by experienced yachtsmen from all over the world.

Los Roques is an utter paradise for all avid fishermen who can expect to catch bonefish, barracuda, tarpon and Spanish mackerel, to name a few. Water sports are also popular among visitors to the region so take out your snorkeling, diving or surfing gear from the toy chest aboard your luxury charter yacht and enjoy everything that Los Roques has to offer!

Thriving Cities

While the Caribbean islands of Venezuela are a wonderful sailing ground for all luxury charter vessels, there are many more locations to visit in the country, including plush cities lining the mainland’s coast. One of these destinations best to be reached aboard a luxury charter yacht is Puerto La Cruz in the north-central part of the country. This bustling city boasts a population of close to half a million inhabitants and lives primarily off oil production thanks to one of the country’s biggest oil refineries situated there. On the other hand is the Mochima National Park surrounding the city with many beautiful beaches not to miss, such as Playa Conoma or Playa Arapito.

La Guaira, the gateway to the capital

La Guaira is a city located 20 miles north of Caracas and the country’s chief port. It was founded in 1577 and to this day it continues to export Venezuela’s main products being coffee, cocoa beans and tobacco. Throughout its history, the city was attacked many times by buccaneers and foreign armadas so it became necessary to transform it into a walled city.

La Guaira boasts a varied landscape of elegant powdery beaches lining the coast, marinas for luxury yachts and harbors for large ships, an elevated skyline of modern constructions but also mazes of colonial houses bordering the historic city center. Colorful facades and window sills as well as narrow cobblestone streets of the old town create a magical Old World ambiance that left strong footprints on local people.

Santa Ana de Coro, the region’s oldest city

In western Venezuela lies the city of Coro and its Port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The capital of the Falcón State is the oldest city of this Venezuelan district and it dates back to 1527. The city is worth a detour with a wide cultural tradition resulting from it being the first urban settlement founded by Spanish conquistadors who later pushed inland. Santa Ana de Coro was also the first German colony on the American continents, at the time named Neu-Augsburg, under the Welser dynasty.

Quaintly situated between the country’s coastal range and the Cordillera de Merida mountain range, this Heritage Site is a melting pot of cultures which is why there are so many historic monuments scattered around the city, including churches, cathedrals, colonial houses, streets, plazas and cemeteries. The omnipresent remarkable architecture carries both Andalusian and Dutch influence, brought to the city from nearby colonies of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Visit Santa Ana de Coro for the day and you will not be disappointed with the time spent there. While your luxury yacht is comfortably docked on the coast with your expert crew preparing dinner in time for when you return onboard, only a short trip inland will separate you from Santa Ana de Coro, one of Venezuela’s true jewels.

Paradise for Lovers of Food

It could not have turned out otherwise but for Venezuela to become a true culinary melting pot thanks to the country’s enormous diversity from one region to another. Venezuelan cuisine is both traditional and modern and is influenced by indigenous inhabitants, Old World ancestors, African roots and more modern North American culture. Venezuelan meals are based on corn, rice, yams, plantains, beans and several types of meats, including beef, goat, rabbit, lamb or chicken.

Venezuelans are known for consuming large numbers of vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, squashes and zucchini. Charter guests will discover all of these flavors during their luxury charter vacation either aboard the yacht through meals freshly prepared by their Chef, or in many traditional restaurants scattered about the country. Some of the staple dishes of the Venezuelan cuisine include cachapa (maize pancake), pasticho (a type of lasagna), pabellón criollo (Creole pavilion, a National dish) or torta de plátano (plantain cake). Apart from a wide assortment of local cheeses to choose from, the dessert menu is equally rich offering, among others, dulce de leche, quesillo (caramel flan), brazo gitano (type of rolled cake), torta tres leches (cake made from three types of milk) or torta de queso (local cheese cake).

Lively rhythms

One way to know the culture of a country is to listen in to its rhythms and what better way to do so than during your luxury charter vacation with Sunreef Yachts Charter? Music in Venezuela is a great example of expression of the country’s culture with music genres ranging from one region to another. There are many different types of music in Venezuela, both traditional and modern, and the musical expression is a perfect blend of African, indigenous, colonial, American as well as Caribbean influences.

Latino rhythms in Venezuela include salsa and meringue that in no time spread to other Caribbean neighborhoods, but probably the most typical music that originated in Venezuela is joropo, a rural musical style of African and European roots that resembles the European waltz. At the end of the 19th century, joropo became the country’s national dance. Joropo is of course not the only music genre in Venezuela as there is also folk, pop and rock, Caribbean as well as classical music.

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Galápagos Islands Luxury Yacht Charter: 8-Days of Unforgettable Adventures

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DAY 1: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station

Embark on your private luxury yacht charter through the magical Galapagos Islands from Puerto Ayora. Home to both the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park, Puerto Ayora is the center of the Galápagos conservation efforts. After checking in on your private, luxury charter yacht, take an excursion to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn the history of the islands and future conservation plans. The Research Station offers an excellent opportunity to appreciate closely the giant  sea turtles, land iguanas and other ancient creatures.

DAY 2: Suarez Point and Garner Bay

Española Island is known as one of the oldest islands in the Archipelago, with an estimated age of 3.3 million years. The Galápagos albatrosses and marine iguana are just two of the species considered endemic to this island. In addition to unique wildlife, located on a cliff is the amazing blowhole named  El Soplador, cpabale of shooting water 20 to 25 feet high, depending on the intensity of the waves.Garner Bay features a wide open beach located on the north coast of Española Island, home to a large colony of sea lions and a great photo opportunity to catch these endearing animals at play.

DAY 3: Santa Fe and South Plaza Island

Also called Barrington Island, is located in the central part of the Galápagos archipelago. The ascending trail takes visitors to the peak of a cliff where the Santa Fe species of land iguana can be seen. After a long hike, there is nothing better than a swim in the calm waters of the bay or snorkeling in the company of sea lions at the base of the rocks. South Plaza Island is off the east end of Santa Cruz Island. Here about 1,000 sea lions and land iguanas are everywhere. South Plaza Island features a breathtaking perimeter trail through that is easy to follow.

DAY 4: North Seymour, Bartolome Island, Pinnacle Rock

Located north of Baltra is a two-mile trail through low level bush that hosts the largest nesting colony of Great Frigate birds in Galápagos. Blue footed boobies nest along the trail and land iguanas can be viewed in their natural environment. This is also an excellent spot for snorkeling.

Probably the most emblematic visiting sites in The Galápagos are Bartolome Island  and Pinnacle Rock due to the dazzling natural beauty and spectacular landscape. Majestic sea turtles and Galápagos penguins favor this location as a nesting site. Visitors can climb all the way to the highest point on the island by means of a wooden stairway that culminates in a breathtaking view. Here too, snorkeling in the bay is an awesome experience.

DAY 5: Punta Espinoza and Urbina Bay

On the northeastern tip of Fernandina Island a narrow ledge of lava and sand dramatically stretches from the base of the volcano into the sea. Punta Espinoza is famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas. The teaming shoreline is also home to hawks, Galápagos snakes, and many other species. For botany enthusiasts, this is an ideal place to observe the lava cactus (Brachycerus nesioticus) overtaking the lava rocks.

Urbina Bay is located at the eastern base of the Alcedo volcano. The yacht will make a wet landing and guests will disembark to hike a fascinating trail that runs through sand substrates, pumice rock, lava, coral and exotic formations of vegetation including brightly colored cactus.

DAY 6: Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno

Located on Isabela Island`s west shore, the marine life found here is extremely interesting. The site is considered one of the best places to observe Galapagos penguins perched on rocky coastal formations. A small mangrove-lined canal emerges into a hidden cove where sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and small sharks are abundant. Punta Moreno is located on the sensational north coast of Isabela Island with a panoramic view of three volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul on Isabela Island and La Cumbre on Fernandina Island is truly spectacular. There are many species that use the lagoons as a nursery site that often makes viewing especially charming.

DAY 7: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Devils Crown

This historic site recalls the days of the buccaneers, whalers, and the first human settlement in the Galápagos.  Legend has it that in the 18th century a whaling boat captain placed a barrel for mail drop off and and delivery.  Spelunkers will be interested in the cave reached via a lava tunnel.  Cormorant Point is located on the north Coast of Floreana Island. A trail leads up to a viewing site overlooking a lagoon that is home to a large colony of flamingos. Continue back down along the path to a white sand beach that is a nesting area for sea turtles and attracts many rays and sea turtles visible just offshore. Devils Crown is renowned for the plentiful varieties of marine life. Located off the coast of Floreana Island, this hollow crater offers amazing snorkeling around and inside the inner part of the crater.

DAY 8: Santa Cruz Highlands

The final day guests must bid farewell to new friends, their splendid yacht and fantastic crew. For those guests who have extended their charter vacation with a land segment, the 40 minute drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz from Puerto Ayora offers an opportunity to view astonishing transitions in vegetation according to altitude. Or simply take a short stroll from the town center to capture final photos of iguanas, birds, crabs, whitetip reef sharks and gigantic turtles.

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