Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport in the early afternoon and transfer by private vehicle to Darwin, a drive of approximately 35 minutes.
A half day tour takes you to San Carlos and nearby Goose Green for a whistle stop battlefield and general interest tour. Darwin, named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who visited the Islands in the 1830s, provides its visitors with a selection of Falklands history. There is plenty to see from the 1982 conflict, and then going back some 200 years remnants of the gauchos’ occupation in the 1800’s.
After breakfast, transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Port Howard, where you spend the next two days. The relatively low-level flying provides passengers with stunning views of the Falklands' coastlines and inland scenery.
In the afternoon, visit one of the Falklands' few remaining large--and one of the most picturesque--working farms. A guided walking tour of the settlement includes stops at the shearing shed where the farm's 47,000 sheep are shorn, the 1982 war museum, the local school room, and the harbor, where you may have the chance to see a local pod of dolphins.
On Day 3 travel by Land Rover to the Fox Bay settlement, with a stop at Hawksnest Pond for a picnic lunch. While eating, be on the lookout for some 18 species of freshwater fowl, including the black-necked swan. Included in this full-day excursion are a peat cutting demonstration, a visit to two 1982 aircraft crash sites, and one of the Falklands' richest fossil beds.
Morning transfer by FIGAS to wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island.
Sea Lion Island is the most southerly inhabited island and one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, but it is still a prime destination due to the sheer abundance of wildlife found in such a small area.
Upon arrival, a 2-hour orientation tour by vehicle acquaints you with the principle areas of interest. During the rest of your time on the island, you can explore on foot, as most of the sites are within walking distance of the lodge.
Forty-seven different species of breeding birds make their home on Sea Lion Island, including the endangered Striated caracara, Antarctic skuas, southern giant petrels, and a host of passerines. But birds aren’t the only wildlife here! Southern sea lions play in the waters around East Loafers, and the elephant seals bask on the white sandy beach at the aptly named Elephant Corner. The latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! If you keep your eyes open, you may be fortunate enough to see a killer whale off shore as well.
Morning transfer by FIGAS to Stanley on East Falkland.
Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to your arrival at your hotel, a city tour takes in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and the Magellanic penguin colony at Gypsy Cove.
Today, you have two options to choose from to explore Stanley.
A full-day guided battlefield tour takes you around some of the Stanley Mountains such as Tumbledown, Two Sisters, Mt. Harriet, Sappers Hill – some of the places that became household names during the 74-day conflict in 1982 between Argentina and England over the sovereignty of the Falklands. Experienced guides really bring these events to life.
A full-day guided excursion in 4x4 vehicle to Volunteer Point is a highlight of this trip. With the white sandy beach and turquoise waters this destination has a Caribbeanesque feel to it, but the king and gentoo penguins bring you back to the 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.
This afternoon, transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Your route takes you past many of the 1982 battlefields, and more historic relics from the gaucho era of the 1800s. Return to Chile and continue home or on to further South American adventures.
$265 single supplement
Rates based on current exchange rate GBP/US dollars.
Travelers can also fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, or from Rio Gallegos, Argentina, to get to the Falkland Islands.