Trip reference number: ITN-FLK005
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
With its windswept islands, long white sandy beaches, coves, cliffs and an intriguing history, this remote Southern Atlantic archipelago is really one of a kind. For the wildlife enthusiast, this tour to the Falkland Islands will not leave you disappointed, spot abundant bird life from the internationally endangered Striated Caracara, Antarctic Skuas or Southern Great Petrels, to Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Magellanic Penguins. Share the beaches with Elephant seals, sea lions and spot Minke and Killer whales from shore or your boat. Taking in some of the Falklands' highlights, this is just a suggested itinerary we know works well. Please discuss your interests with our specialists to create a tailormade itinerary personalised for you.
Please note, the Falklands can be reached via scheduled flights from Chile, LATAM fly once a week (Saturdays) from Santiago via Punta Arenas to Mount Pleasant, alternatively there is a direct charter flight from RAF Brize Norton.
Travelling within the Falklands is much more than just a mode of transport, it is a big part of the adventure. The light aircraft, inter-island flights are known as FIGAS (Falkland Islands Government Air Services) flights and FIGAS passengers will experience sublime views. Locals and tourists alike use the five Britten-Norman BN-2B Islander planes just like local buses – a means to an end to get to their final destination. Please be aware there is a luggage allowance of 20kg on FIGAS flights.
Day 1 Today you will fly from Santiago to Mount Pleasant in the Falklands, via Punta Arenas. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Darwin House for 1 night. Named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who visited the Islands in the 1830s, Darwin provides its visitors with an insight into the Falkland’s history. There is plenty to see from the 1982 conflict, and going back some 200 years’ remnants of the gauchos’ occupation in the 1800’s. Darwin House is a beautifully renovated farmhouse with views over Choiseul Sound and the picturesque settlement. The waterfront setting makes it a fantastic place to start your wildlife watching – Night herons, Ruddy-headed Geese and Blackish Oystercatchers are almost often spotted. Approximately 3km from the lodge, Goose Green can be explored independently on foot. Breakfast and dinner
Day 2 Today fly to Carcass Island for a 2-night stay. This is one of the most picturesque outer-lying islands, with well-established hedges and trees attracting many small birds such as the Cobb’s wren, Black-chinned siskins and Falkland’s thrush to nest around the settlement buildings. The picturesque sandy beaches, rolling hills and low cliffs are superb platforms from which to view the multitude of sea and shore birds that either breed or feed on and around Carcass Island. From here, enjoy the settlement gardens, which have almost a tropical feel with their Monterey cypress trees, New Zealand cabbage palms and flax and colourful array of flowers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 Today enjoy spectacular sea-views on a full day boat excursion to West Point Island. Black-browed Albatross and magnificent cliff scenery on one of the Falklands most picturesque islands are the main attractions. The boat transfer can be extended to include whale and dolphin spotting as well as a circumnavigation around West Point Island, weather permitting. With around 500 pairs of rockhopper penguins, and nearly 2,000 breeding pairs of black browed albatross this area is a nature lover’s haven. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 Fly to Pebble Island for 2 nights 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 moorlands, large ponds and one of the longest beaches in the archipelago. 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, head out on a full day guided tour by 4x4 vehicle with plenty of opportunity allowing exploration further afield from the settlement. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 Today take a flight to Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. Before being taken to your hotel, a city tour takes in both the modern parts of this small, remote town as well as the historic parts and a visit to the local museum. Breakfast
Day 7 Today is a guided excursion in 4x4 vehicle to Volunteer Point, home to 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. Many other wildlife species can be spotted along the beach and on the lagoons, as well as spectacular scenery as you traverse the north of East Falkland. Today includes a packed lunch and fees into the reserve. Breakfast & packed lunch
Day 8 Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle for your return flight to Santiago in Chile, via Punta Arenas. Take this opportunity to spot more wildlife in this remote wilderness, keep an eye out for Red-backed buzzards en route! Breakfast
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