MARCH 2023: FALKLAND LOST ARCHIPELAGO PART 2
04 -11 March 2023
2 SPACES AVAILABLE
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 Albatrosses. We will fly over the archipelago 3 times on board small airplanes, the relatively low altitude 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.
04 – 07 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 Pebble Island where we will spend the next 3 days. Pebble Island is one of the larger outlying islands, and the landscape varies greatly from large ponds and moorland, to long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. This diverse countryside offers shelter and protection to an equally wide-ranging breeding population of birds and mammals. Many thousands of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins breed each summer along with raucous congregations of Southern Sea Lions. The deep 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. The 2 full days of guided tour in 4×4 vehicle offers ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery further afield from the settlement, as well as hunting for the semiprecious stones that give the island its name. Pebble also has something for the historian with some 1982 conflict debris and the memorial to HMS Coventry. Your accommodation on Pebble Island will be at Pebble Lodge, previously the farm manager’s house and situated in the centre of the farm settlement. Now, although ideally adapted to the needs of the visitor, it retains the warm and friendly atmosphere of a large farmhouse
08 – 09 March
Transfer by FIGAS to Bleaker Island. Characterized by wide sandy bays and sheltered coves this low-lying island is a popular destination offering modern comfortable accommodation with a scene of isolation. The low silhouette of Bleaker makes it easy to explore on foot and it may also account for its rich maritime history. In the early part of the 20th century five ships were lost at Bleaker Island including the French barque Cassard wrecked in 1906. The long sandy beaches and open country of Bleaker Island offer some great hiking opportunities during which visitors should look out for some of the local flora such as the Yellow Orchid, the Dog Orchid and the endemic Lay’s Slipper. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of wildlife in a very compact area. One highlight of the island is the Rockhopper Penguin colony of some 750 pairs situated only a short walk from the cottages, sometimes some single Macaroni Penguin can be seen among the Rockhopper. Even closer is a large colony of King Cormorants totaling 8,000 breeding pairs. Further north, a Gentoo Penguin colony and scattering of Magellanic Penguins can be found. Long Gulch, a deep fissure in the cliffs east of the settlement, is fringed with tussac grass which attracts many small birds such as Tussac Birds, Grass and Cobb’s Wren. Big Pond, in the centre of the island is an excellent place to view waterfowl including the White-tufted and Silvery Grebe, Black-necked Swans, Chiloë Wigeon, Speckled and Silver Teal, and the endemic Falkland Flying Steamer Duck. Peregrine Falcons and Red-back Hawks plus Crested and Striated Caracaras are also resident, whilst Southern Sea Lions and Elephant Seals are regular visitors from nearby Sea Lion Island or the small offshore Tussac Islands.
In the afternoon of March 09 we will fly to Stanley and overnight at Malvina House Hotel.
Overnights at Bleaker Island Lodge.
After breakfast departure on a guided excursion in 4×4 vehicles to Volunteer Point – a 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.
Overnight at Malvina House Hotel
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 4800,00
TOUR RATE Leg 1 + Leg 2 Euro 7900,00
*Exchange Rate 1 GBP = 1,10 Euro