FALKLANDS ADVENTURE

ITINERARY

Day 1                        Arrive in The Falklands

Arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport via LATAM. Transfer overland to Stanley and with a population of around 2,000 (most of the population) it is the smallest and most remote capital city in the world.

 

After you check into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to relax or explore on your own.  Explore the Historic Dockyard Museum, Christ Church Cathedral and its iconic Whalebone Arch.  Around Stanley you can see the hilltop memorials from the last battles fought in the 1982 war between Britain and Argentina.
 

Enjoy a self-guided Maritime History trail - Stanley is the greatest graveyard of 19th century shipping in the world. Along the seven mile harbor front you’ll see the hulks of some twenty ships that were beaten into submission by Cape Horn and never left the Falklands. A sign-posted walk points out many of the wrecks including the East Indiaman "Jhelum" (built in 1839) and the North Atlantic packet ship "Charles Cooper" (the last US sailing packet to sail out of New York harbor and in the Islands since 1866). At the east end of the harbor lies the iron "Lady Elizabeth", 228 feet long with three masts still standing.

 

Overnight at Malvina House Hotel.

 

Day 2                     Stanley/Pebble Island

This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Pebble Island, where you’ll spend 2 nights. Pebble island, named after the translucent semi-precious pebbles found on some of the beaches, is located in the north-west of the Falklands’ archipelago. It offers visitors a huge variety of birdlife, great hiking opportunities and fascinating war history. It is home to Elephant beach, which, at 4 miles, is the longest beach in the Falklands.

 

It is home to the largest concentrations of black-necked swans. You’ll also see Black-crowned night-herons, imperial cormorants. Rockhopper, macaroni, gentoo and Magellanic penguins inhabit the coast. Peregrine falcons have been recorded. You’ll also see sea lions on Cape Tamar.

 

Overnight at Pebble Island Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 3                      Pebble Island

Overnight at Pebble Island Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 4                      Pebble Island/Sea Lion Island

Today you’ll fly to Sea Lion Island, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights. Located in the south-east of the Falklands’ group, this beautiful island is prime wildlife habitat and wildlife is easily accessible on foot. As its name suggests, Sea Lion Island is home to sea lions, which are generally seen seen at the foot of the cliffs or swimming offshore Sea Lion Island has the world’s largest colony of elephant seals, with almost two thousand individuals at the height

of the breeding season in October. This is also one of the best places to look for orcas which hunt offshore, in the summer months.

You can explore the island at your leisure or we can include an introductory tour.
 

Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 5                      Sea Lion Island

Explore the island on your own.Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 6                      Sea Lion Island/Stanley

This morning you’ll fly back to Stanley. You’ll have the remainder of the day free to relax or explore the town. 

 

Overnight at Malvina House Hotel (B)

 

Day 7                      Stanley/Volunteer Point

Today you’ll enjoy an exciting 4x4 adventure to Volunteer Point, home to the largest colony of king penguins on the Islands.
 

This is a “must-see” wildlife site and has a beautiful long white sand beach as well as a fantastic range of birdlife.

 

Alternative options are tours to Cape Bougainville or Cape Dolphin.

 

Overnight at Malvina House Hotel (B)

 

Day 8                     Stanley/Depart

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

End of trip
(Code: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

 

 

Land cost from: $2,450 pp (based on two travelers)

 

Alternative islands to visit (or additional):

 

Saunders Island

This island in the north-west of the archipelago has some of the most iconic landscapes of the Falklands. Dramatic sweeping shorelines and long stretches of white sandy beaches. The area is crowded with birds. Magellanic penguins make their way ashore, gentoos congregate and there is a small colony of king penguins.

It’s also one of a few places where visitors can see black-browed albatross. Rockhopper Penguins are another birdwatching favorite.

Other birds to watch for are cormorants and the striated caracara. These birds are unusually tame and are quite the scavengers, so keep an eye on your belongings. There are also many walking opportunities with the highest point, Mount Richards 457 metres (1,462 feet) providing great views across this incredible island.

Carcass Island

Carcass Island is another gem in the north-west of the Falklands. Enjoy breathtaking views from the tiny settlement, which nestles in a sheltered harbor.

The island is perfectly sized for self-exploration. Rocky ridges and steep hills, gentle slopes and stunning beaches will tempt avid hikers and casual walkers alike. Great walks head out in every direction. Walks to locations such as Leopard Beach and Stanley hill offer both amazing scenery and fantastic wildlife and photographic oppurtunities.

Carcass Island has been a sheep farm for more than a century but, due to careful management, it is rich in wildlife with songbirds, waterfowl, penguins and elephant seals. Sea lions and dolphins are often seen. Fur seals can occasionally be found in the tall tussac grass.

Here you’ll also see Striated and Southern caracara, the endemic Cobb’s wren, long-tailed meadowlarks and the tussac bird will. Penguins are here too, Magellanic burrows are close the settlement and gentoo are further away.

Optional tour from Carcass Island: A full day tour to West Point Island can be arranged. Take to the seas on “Seaquest” for approximately a 1 hour crossing. Explore Devil’s Nose, where Black Browed Albatross and Rockhopper penguins can be seen, explore Mount Ararat and if the weather is favourable, it may be possible to circumnavigate the island. The trip is approximately 8 hours in duration and includes a “smoko” and packed lunch.

Included 

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • all transfers 

  • all touring as mentioned in itinerary with English speaking guide

  • meals as mentioned in itinerary

Excluded

  • international flight costs

  • visas if applicable

  • travel insurance

  • items of a personal nature

  • all meals not mentioned

  • gratuities

A percentage of each booking  cost goes to a charity of your (or our) choice.

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