For the wildlife enthusiast, this tour to the Falkland Islands will not leave you disappointed. Visit Sea Lion Island where you may see the internationally endangered Striated Caracara, Antartic Skuas or Southern Great Petrels as well as Elephant Seals at Elephant Corner or Southern Sea Lions at East Loafers.
Pebble Island offers a varied landscape with long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, large ponds and moorland and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Many thousands of Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins breed here in the summer. The ponds are home to Chiloe Wigeons, Black-necked Swans, and many other wading birds.
Visit Volunteer Point where you may find the majestic King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins.
Day 1 Depart the UK for your overnight flight, via Madrid to Santiago in Chile.
Day 2 On arrival transfer to your hotel, Cumbres Lastarria located in the bohemian area of Lastarria. Relax after the long flight and explore the modern city of Santiago. We recommend the leafy area of Lastarria with its cafes, markets and open spaces. The Santiago Metropolitan Park is a great option for scenic views over the metropolis and towards the Andes mountains in the background.
Day 3 Fly from Santiago, via Punta Arenas, to Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. Transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) to Sea Lion Island which takes approximately 25 minutes. Flying low you will experience exceptional views of the coastline and landscape. Accommodation for the next three nights is Sea Lion Lodge, the only purpose built lodge in the archipelago. Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest, most southerly and inhabited islands and a prime destination for its sheer abundance of wildlife. On arrival, take a short introductory orientation tour which will showcase the main areas. You can easily explore the area directly from the lodge with wildlife including Striated Caracara, Antarctic Skuas, Southern Giant Petrels, and a host of passerines. Watch out for the Southern Sea Lions at East Loafers, and the Elephant Seals which bask on the white sandy beach at the appropriately named Elephant Corner. The elephant seals are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar.
Day 6 Take a short flight with FIGAS to Pebble Island staying at Pebble Lodge, a comfortable converted farmhouse with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Pebble Island is one of the largest outlying islands with a hugely diverse landscape from large ponds and moorlands along with the one of the longest sandy beaches in the Falklands. Explore the island and the wide range of birds and mammals. This area is home to many thousands of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins.The ponds on the east of the island, many of which are within walking distance of the lodge, are home to Chiloe Wigeon, Grebes, Black-necked Swans and a multitude of other wildfowl and wading birds. During your stay there will be a full day guided tour by 4x4 vehicle with ample opportunity allowing exploration further afield from the settlement.
Day 8 Short flight with FIGAS to Stanley Airport and transfer to the Malvina House Hotel located in the heart of the main town. The hotel has lovely views over the natural harbour. Explore the town with your local guide taking in the historic and modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and picturesque Gypsy Cove.
Day 9 Full day guided excursion in 4x4 vehicle to Volunteer Point with the largest breeding colony of King penguins along with . Magellanic & Gentoo species. The white sandy beach and turquoise waters give the area a tropical feeling but the King and Gentoo Penguins will bring you back to the remote Falklands. There is a host of other wildlife to be seen along the beach and on the lagoons, as well as spectacular scenery as you traverse the north of East Falkland.
Day 10 Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle for your return flight to Santiago in Chile. Take this opportunity to spot more wildlife in this remote wilderness and enjoy the landscape from the air. Arrival in the evening and transfer to your hotel, as before.
Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK with special memories of the wild and remote Falkland Islands.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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