Clear blue waves rolling in on an endless white sandy beach. A gaggle
of penguins waddle over to you with mild curiosity. Later, on a wind
swept mountain top, marks of respect to those who lost lives here
fill every crevice and niche. A glance out to sea, a black fin disappears
under the waves as a sea lion breaks the water and is gone. Hunter
and hunted. Nature raw in tooth and claw.
We fly from London to Santiago in Chile with a quick sightsee
around the city and overnight before continuing via Punta Arenas,
1,300 miles south and onwards to the Falklands.
We have a week here to take in the best of the wild country
and wildlife spotting. We’ll see four species of penguins, sea lions
and fur seals and innumerable kinds of sea birds. Here, wildlife often
comes close to you, so the photo opportunities are endless. We are
based in Stanley and have much to see: the sites of the conflict of
1982, the remains of the field kitchens and gun emplacements on
Mt Tumbledown behind Stanley, a site of some fierce fighting during the campaign, is another important location and well known to
many of us.
We fly to Sea Lion Island for two nights, one of the best places in
the world to get away from it all. Other than hotel staff and the huge
diversity of wildlife, we will have the island to ourselves. Look out for
orcas off shore.
Our walking will take us to beaches deserted except for the
penguins and over open moorland. From the hills and particularly the
inter island flights we can enjoy fantastic views across the islands. This
is a land of big skies and wide horizons. The Falkland Islands will stay
in your memory long after you have left.
Travelling back to Chile and Santiago we have a bonus day in the
mountains before our flight home.