Chile and the Falklands Wildlife Holiday
Overview & Highlights
Visit the Falklands Islands in the South Atlantic and the peaks and glaciers of Chilean Patagonia. The landscapes are wild, sculpted by ferocious winds and relentless glaciers, populated by hardy wildlife. But human communities thrive: meet sheep-farming Falkland Islanders and welcoming Chileans.
- Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
- Excursions to observe wildlife and visit sites of historical interest in the Falklands Islands
- Patagonia: Guided excursions from your hotel
Most travellers to the Falklands visit for only a day or two as part of a cruise. Our holiday includes a whole week discovering the highlights of the islands. We’ll take you to Port Stanley, the capital, which looks like a small English town fifty years ago. The remains of ships abandoned 100 years ago are still to be seen in the coves, testament to an era when the islands were a safe haven when all ships passed this way before the Panama Canal opened. You’ll also travel to rural outposts by road and light aircraft.
The Falkland Islands lie off the coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic. However, very few people know about the wilderness beauty of this remote island archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean. The islands have an unpolluted environment with vast open spaces and white sand beaches. A huge variety of wildlife has adopted the Falkland Islands as their home: the bird and animal population (sheep, and penguins) outnumber the human inhabitants by 10-1. At least 5 species of penguin are found on the Falkland Islands and elephant seals, sea-lions and seals, an abundance of birds and minke and killer whales can be spotted here. The islanders remain British in outlook and descent, adhering to British laws and buying British goods.
The holiday also features a few days in Chilean Patagonia the vicinity of Torres del Paine National Park, exploring this true wilderness where just a few rough roads cut through a frost-bitten landscape of glaciers, luminous lagoons, icy pinnacles and wind-strafed steppe.
Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to hotel in the capital.
Guided excursion to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.
Fly to the Falklands Islands, transfer to Darwin; visit war sites.
Fly to Pebble Island, home to huge penguin colonies.
Fly to tiny Sea-Lion Island, famed for its abundant wildlife.
Fly to Mount Pleasant and continue to Port Stanley.
Visit Volunteer Point.
Fly to Punta Arenas in Patagonia, by road to Puerto Natales.
Excursions from the hotel, including to Torres del Paine National Park.
Transfer to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago.
Transfer to airport for international flight home.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
I could not fault the restaurants recommended by Sally, our tour leader. The Central Market in Santiago, Restaurant Bota Salvavidas in Valparaiso, Broccolinos in Punta Arenas, La Tablita in El Calafate (Patagonian Lamb to die for!), La Casa de Mariscos in Ushsuaia for excellent crab and the eclectic Ramos Generales and in Buenos Aires, El Establo – an excellent parilla.RP, Buckinghamshire
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