Photographer's Note

I found this one while I was digging the scans archives. I am aware that it's nothing special, but it serves as a pretext to put another orange spot on the map of my intro page.

The place looked like a seaside tourist resort, with at least two big hotels (this one and a Sheraton just beside it) near a marina, a golf course and some wealthy villas blocks. I got the impression that the area had seen better days, perhaps in the 1970's and early 1980's, as it was quite deserted and many parts were in a decaying state, namely an heliport and some demolished quarters. The area was very scenic, with tall green mountains just near the sea. While I was looking for its location in Google Earth I discovered that there are many peaks surpassing 2000/2400 meters (6500/8000 ft) less than 8 Km (5 mi) away from the sea. We could appreciate that from the airplane that brought us from Portugal, as it flew for more than half an hour following the coastline until it landed on the Caracas airport, which is also on the coast, less than 20 Km (12 mi) away from the POV. I use to say that we can have an idea of the disparate unevenness of wealth distribution in Venezuela just by looking at the airplane window while flying here, as we see lots of good looking condoms by the sea with gardens and swimming pools, surrounded by tall walls and lots of modest little homes and slums scattered on the slopes.

In December 1999 the area made the headlines of the TV news world wide when heavy rains provoked massive floods and landslides [te post] made 200,000 homeless and killed nearly 30,000 people, who submerged in mud or were dragged to the sea.

The region is very poorly represented in TE. Incidentally, the only panoramique view of the coast and the mountains is from someone who seems to be a Portuguese immigrant in Venezuela or at least Portuguese descendant, considering his name (Jos de Sousa) and his posts of Portugal. There are many Portuguese immigrants in Venezuela, maybe between 300,000 and 500,000, who came mainly from the Madeira island and Aveiro region. There were some Portuguese among the victims of the 1999 catastrophe, as the area is home to many Portuguese immigrants.

Location (latitude, longitude): 10.6166,-66.8384

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