Monday, March 16, 2009


Photo by Mark Watson.
Moving north from El Palmar toward the Paria Peninsula, we encountered the Carnival boys and girls. The boys, painted blue or black from head to toe, extracted a payment of coins to allow passage.
Photo by Mark Watson
Although they look serious, it was all in good fun. By evening, the Zocalo (city center) was packed, often forcing us to detour around the community to reach our lodging. The festivities went on until the wee hours of the morning, at about the same time as all the roosters woke up. The birding team became ever more sleep deprived.
Photo by Mark Watson
A not-so-enjoyable Carnival costume. Fortunately, this one was on the side of the road and didn't manage to collect a toll from our bus.

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