ECO-TIPS

1. No garbage cans: Marine ecosystems are some of the most difficult to preserve. The avoidance of waste during the visit in both Gran Roque and the islands to visit is the best eco-advice we can transmit.

2. Make good use of water: The fresh water we use comes from a desalination process carried out by a single desalination plant in the Gran Roque. Po being so vital we must be sustainable in its use guaranteeing the resource for future visitors. Use just what is necessary for your personal hygiene

3. Minimize energy consumption: Turn off air and lights when leaving the room. The electricity we use comes from a single local emergency plant, which does not provide power 24 hours a day. To avoid its overload and guarantee the electrical well-being of all visitors, we ask that we be thrifty with energy. Use the necessary energy

4. Do not throw cigarette butts: A cigarette butt causes the contamination of eight liters of water. The filters are not biodegradable, they are made with cellulose acetate, which takes more than a hundred years to degrade naturally. But the basic problem does not lie in the time these residues last, but in the toxicity they accumulate. The filter of cigarette butts is designed to accumulate the components of tobacco, including the most harmful chemicals, which are released in contact with water.

5. Do not step on, mistreat, take the corals: Leave them in their place Corals contain microscopic plants called zooxanthellae that color their tissues and provide food through photosynthesis - the same biological process by which plants generate food from the light. Without these tiny plants, corals can not survive or depose the large amounts of limestone that their skeletons contain. When corals are stressed, zooxanthellae are the first elements that come out. Stressed corals expel zooxanthellae, and turn white or lighter. If the zooxanthellae do not return to the coral tissues, the coral dies. So our consideration in order to preserve marine ecosystems is not to step on, grab, take, mistreat corals inside and outside the archipelago.

6. Respect the zoning of the park: The division of this archipelago was aimed at establishing an adequate zoning of uses compatible with the nature and vulnerability of ecosystems. Since 1991, Los Roques has a land use and regulation plan in which seven management zones are delimited:

? Managed Natural Environment Zone: Take boat rides, sail or motor by the indicated routes, practice sport fishing and observe or photograph nature.

? Marine Primitive Zone: In addition to the above activities, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking through demarcated trails and observing nature in groups of no more than 15 people are allowed.

? Recreation area, Services Zone: In addition to the activities mentioned above, camping is also allowed, practicing water sports such as sailing, skiing, etc.

? Special Use Zone: The Dos Mosquises Marine Biology Station is located, where research programs have been developed over the past 30 years. One of the projects carried out by the Station is the rearing and repopulation of sea turtles, and today it is possible to visit the hatchery located in Dos Mosquises Sur, with prior authorization from the National Parks Institute.

? Comprehensive Protection Zone: Due to its fragility, it is only allowed to enter except for research activities duly authorized by the National Park Superintendence. This zoning since 1991 is responsible for the reefs of our archipelago are one of the best preserved in the Caribbean.

7. Do not feed the birds: For many, giving bread to the birds in the parks and beaches is a memory of precious childhood, one that they recreate with their children and grandchildren. Sadly, thousands of birds die annually due to a condition caused by those who do not know that this precious activity can be deadly. Wild animals in general have a diet that considers their need within the habitat in which they develop. The birds, Guanaguanares, in the case of the Los Roques archipelago, do not escape this reality. Taking into account that changing the food modus of the birds could affect their mating by the mere fact of introducing an activity different from their daily life (being fed by humans), in addition to the sizes of the food are not the right size could cause death by drowning, we recommend not feeding the birds during their stay.

8. Do not eat a closed species: Veda is the action and effect of banning (prohibit something by law or mandate). The term is also used to name the time frame in which hunting and fishing are prohibited. In this sense, the ban is usually applied to avoid the depredation of natural resources and to allow the reproduction (and, therefore, the subsistence) of the animals. The period of the lobster ban in the archipelago according to INSOPESCA extends from February 1st to September 30th. The Botuto is 25 years old in Veda and there are no signs that he has recovered.

9. Do not disturb your neighbors: Rest tourism is one that provides tourists a brief moment of relaxation, in addition to providing and releasing stress, practiced by the person who wants to relax, escape, escape, with no other pretension than be the "relax". We invite you to respect the space and rest of our fellow tourists when it comes to enjoying our beaches.