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La Roqueta

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Right in front of the Caleta and Caletilla beaches is La Roqueta, an island that was used by pirates (who besieged the old Nao de China) as a hiding place. Later it was declared Protected Natural Reserve and now is a nest for a large variety of birds.

The most popular way to get to La Roqueta is on board the the traditional glass bottom boats. The trek starts by coasting all over Caleta beach to admire the luxurious houses of famous peolpe. The lancheros (boatsmen) also usually make a stop to jump to the sea and capture erizos (urchin fish) and baby octupus for you to hold them with your bare hands and take pictures with them, and then release 'em back to the sea.

Suddenly, the boat stops in the middle of the sea to admire through the glass bottom floor, a replica of the statue of “La Virgen de los Mares” (mother of the seas) submerged 16 feet under the water. If the currents are calm and clean you can see the religious statue in its entirety, otherwise you´ll see only the crown of the statue. The original statue was pulled out of the sea 44 years ago and placed over a rock.

Just before the boat arrives to the island, again, the lancheros jump into the sea to attract fish for you to admire them through the glass bottom floor, you´ll learn from the lancheros the breathing technique they use to dive several minutes under the water without equipment.

Finally, when we arrive to La Roqueta, we just pick a spot in the virgin beach, lay down, and take a sun bath. If you wish, most of the boats have snorkel equipment for you to use and enjoy.
Right in front of the Caleta and Caletilla beaches is La Roqueta, an island that was used by pirates (who besieged the old Nao de China) as a hiding place. Later it was declared Protected Natural Reserve and now is a nest for a large variety of birds.

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The most popular way to get to La Roqueta is on board the the traditional glass bottom boats. The trek starts by coasting all over Caleta beach to admire the luxurious houses of famous peolpe. The lancheros (boatsmen) also usually make a stop to jump to the sea and capture erizos (urchin fish) and baby octupus for you to hold them with your bare hands and take pictures with them, and then release 'em back to the sea.

Suddenly, the boat stops in the middle of the sea to admire through the glass bottom floor, a replica of the statue of “La Virgen de los Mares” (mother of the seas) submerged 16 feet under the water. If the currents are calm and clean you can see the religious statue in its entirety, otherwise you´ll see only the crown of the statue. The original statue was pulled out of the sea 44 years ago and placed over a rock.

Just before the boat arrives to the island, again, the lancheros jump into the sea to attract fish for you to admire them through the glass bottom floor, you´ll learn from the lancheros the breathing technique they use to dive several minutes under the water without equipment.

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