FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020: FALKLAND LOST ARCHIPELAGO PART 2
28 February – 07 March 2020
Exclusive departure for our group, 10 persons max. During this adventure we will have the rare opportunity of observing 4 different penguin species (if we are lucky even 5, sometimes Macaroni breed among Rockhopper) and among them the King Penguin, as well as Sea Lions and Elephant Seals, Cormorants and Albatros. We will fly over the archipelago 3 times on board small airplanes, the relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. All this in the comfort of the local Lodges. Piero Bosco will guide this expedition.
28 February – 02 March
Meet at Punta Arenas airport and flight Punta Arenas – Mount Pleasant.
Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon, transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Sea Lion Island with a flight time of approximately 25 minutes. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. Your accommodation for the next 3 days is at Sea Lion Lodge, the only purpose built lodge in the Falkland Islands, and just minutes walk from a rich variety of wildlife. Sea Lion Island is one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, and the most southerly inhabited island, but is still the prime destination with the sheer abundance of wildlife in such a small area making it a must on any Falklands itinerary. An introductory and orientation tour by vehicle upon arrival will point out the principle areas of interest, however everything is in easy walking distance of the lodge – a map and guidelines for safe wildlife viewing are given out on arrival. The internationally endangered Striated Caracara, Antarctic Skuas, Southern Giant Petrels, and a host of passerines can all be seen on this island. Not to be missed are 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 latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! Keep an eye open and there is the odd Killer Whale to be spotted off shore as well.
Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge.
* THOSE CONTINUING FROM PART 1 ARRIVE IN SEA LION ON FEBRUARY 27 WHERE THEY WILL HAVE AN EXTRA DAY FOR EXCURSIONS.
03 – 05 March
Transfer by FIGAS to Carcass Island where we will spend the next 3 days. This is one of the most picturesque outer-lying islands, with the luxuriant, well-established hedges and trees attracting many small birds such as the Cobb’s Wren, Black-Chinned Siskins and Falklands Thrush to nest around the settlement buildings. The 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. This destination gives you the opportunity to explore completely at your own leisure, as there are no guided excursions on this small island. From here you will also be able to 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. Your accommodation on Carcass Island will be in the Managers House giving you a great opportunity to mingle with genuine Falkland Islanders, and sample their organic vegetables, meat and dairy products prepared into typical Falklands ‘camp style’ fare.
Explore one of the most sought after destinations in the Falklands with a day excursion by boat to West Point Island. Black-Browed Albatross and magnificent cliff scenery on one of the Falklands most picturesque islands are the main attractions of this trip, but weather permitting the transfer between the two islands can be extended to include Whale and Dolphin spotting as well as a circumnavigation around West Point Island.
Transfer by FIGAS to Stanley in the morning. On arrival in Stanley, depart on a guided excursion in 4×4 vehicles to Volunteer Point an highlight of this trip. With the white sandy beach and turquoise waters this destination has a Caribbeanesque feel to it, but the King, Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins will 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. Arrival back in Stanley at approximately 7.00 p.m. Packed lunch is included.
* ALTERNATIVELY YOU MAY CONTINUE THE JOURNEY WITH PART 3 AND VISIT OTHER ISLANDS (SEE PROGRAM FALKLAND 3), TODAY INSTEAD TO BE TRANSFERRED TO STANLEY YOU WILL MOVE TO SAUNDERS WHERE YOU WILL HAVE AN EXTRA DAY FOR EXCURSIONS THERE.
Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Keep your eyes open for Red-Backed Hawks en route!
Flight Mount Pleasant – Punta Arenas.
PRICE PER PERSON
TOUR RATE Leg 2 – Euro 4500,00
TOUR RATE Leg 1 + Leg 2 or Leg 2 + Leg 3 – Euro 7500,00
*Exchange Rate 1 GBP = 1,10 Euro