Araya – Venezuela’s Secret Flat Water Kitesurf Spot

We booked the trip with Araya Kitesafari. Departure time from El Yaque was 6am arriving in Araya 1,5 hours later. We checked in to our posada and were served breakfast almost immediately. Around 11am we took the boat to the kitespot. The wind was very strong this time and we barely did unhooked tricks. But the water was flat as usual and everybody had a great time boosting big jumps and old school tricks. Around 5pm the girls decided to kite back to the posada followed by the boat with the rest of the group. Arriving at the beach in front of the posada, we did jumps and tricks impressing the locals so much that they wanted to take photos with us once we landed our kites. It was a great first day.

The second day we decided to skip breakfast at the posada and eat at the kitespot so that we would get there earlier and be able to do some freestyle before the wind would get strong again. The plan was excellent. We did unhooked tricks in the morning and once the wind picked up we went back to old school tricks. Almost at the end of the day we were able to kite with dolphins which was amazing.

We enjoyed the sunset at the beach with beer and snacks and then went back to the posada to have dinner.

After dinner we decided to get some ice cream in town and then did a night excursion to the castle. We were the only ones at the castle and really had a fun little adventure.

The next morning our boat driver was late which ended up being to our advantage as we got an extra breakfast. The boat driver finally arrived and we were back in El Yaque around 10am.

Additional Information:

The peninsula of Araya is located in the state of Sucre, north from Cumana. Araya is world famous for its salt mines and has a great tourism potential with its beautiful beaches. The beach where we kite is called Playa de los Muertos.

The Castle of Santiago de Araya was built in 1625 by the Spanish Monarchy to protect the rich salt found there from the constant raids by the Dutch and English. The Araya castle is considered one of the best forts in America and was the most important and costly construction made in Venezuela during the colonial era. “El Castillo de Araya” was declared a national historical monument in 1960.

Tour operator: Araya Kitesafaris (Contacto: Mary +58 0412.3526582)

Price: 200$ All inclusive (2 nights, boat transfer from El Yaque, Posada with A/C, breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks at the beach, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, rescue-boat, IKO instructor)

Accomodation: Posada Araya Mar, Address: Sector Lisboa, Calle El Castillo, Araya, phone: (0293) 437.1382

The Hotel (Posada) Araya Mar is owned by Yudith Hernandez and is the best Posada in town. The rooms are simple but clean and they all have A/C and a TV. Since just recently the Posada also has wifi. They have a restaurant where they usually prepare fresh local fish for dinner. For breakfast I always have a vegetarian omelette. You can also chose scrambled or sunny-side-up eggs. Everything comes with toast and Arepas. 

 

We booked the trip with Araya Kitesafari. Departure time from El Yaque was 6am arriving in Araya 1,5 hours later. We checked in to our posada and were served breakfast almost immediately. Around 11am we took the boat to the kitespot. The wind was very strong this time and we barely did unhooked tricks. But the water was flat as usual and everybody had a great time boosting big jumps and old school tricks. Around 5pm the girls decided to kite back to the posada followed by the boat with the rest of the group. Arriving at the beach in front of the posada, we did jumps and tricks impressing the locals so much that they wanted to take photos with us once we landed our kites. It was a great first day.

The second day we decided to skip breakfast at the posada and eat at the kitespot so that we would get there earlier and be able to do some freestyle before the wind would get strong again. The plan was excellent. We did unhooked tricks in the morning and once the wind picked up we went back to old school tricks. Almost at the end of the day we were able to kite with dolphins which was amazing.

We enjoyed the sunset at the beach with beer and snacks and then went back to the posada to have dinner.

After dinner we decided to get some ice cream in town and then did a night excursion to the castle. We were the only ones at the castle and really had a fun little adventure.

The next morning our boat driver was late which ended up being to our advantage as we got an extra breakfast. The boat driver finally arrived and we were back in El Yaque around 10am.

Additional Information:

The peninsula of Araya is located in the state of Sucre, north from Cumana. Araya is world famous for its salt mines and has a great tourism potential with its beautiful beaches. The beach where we kite is called Playa de los Muertos.

The Castle of Santiago de Araya was built in 1625 by the Spanish Monarchy to protect the rich salt found there from the constant raids by the Dutch and English. The Araya castle is considered one of the best forts in America and was the most important and costly construction made in Venezuela during the colonial era. “El Castillo de Araya” was declared a national historical monument in 1960.

Tour operator: Araya Kitesafaris (Contacto: Mary +58 0412.3526582)

Price: 200$ All inclusive (2 nights, boat transfer from El Yaque, Posada with A/C, breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks at the beach, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, rescue-boat, IKO instructor)

Accomodation: Posada Araya Mar, Address: Sector Lisboa, Calle El Castillo, Araya, phone: (0293) 437.1382

The Hotel (Posada) Araya Mar is owned by Yudith Hernandez and is the best Posada in town. The rooms are simple but clean and they all have A/C and a TV. Since just recently the Posada also has wifi. They have a restaurant where they usually prepare fresh local fish for dinner. For breakfast I always have a vegetarian omelette. You can also chose scrambled or sunny-side-up eggs. Everything comes with toast and Arepas. 

 

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