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8 Adventures In The Falklands (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/17/2012 7:00 am

Visiting the Falklands is all about taking in the wildlife. On the surface, this seemingly barren archipelago in the South Atlantic, 300 miles east of the tip of South America, is a cross between Scotland's Outer Hebrides and the rocky interior of Iceland. But then you add five species of penguin, sea lions, and albatross and you know you're someplace special. The Falklands is made up of two main islands then hundreds of smaller ones scattered across an area the size of Connecticut. An overseas territory of Great Britain, the human population of the Falklands is about 3,000. There are very few roads in the Falklands and the way to travel between islands is by FIGAS, the local air service that island hops on an as-needed basis.

8. Go To The Beach With King Penguins
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Tony Smith of Discovery Falklands takes people from Stanley on a five-hour round trip visit to Volunteer Point. Most of the driving is done off-road through the peat and diddle-dee (a heather-like plant), which can be pretty exciting at times. Volunteer Point is a three-mile-long white sand beach with three species of penguin nesting in the area (magellanic, king, and gentoo). I was the only one there the day I visited and I sat on the beach and watched the penguins walk to and from the sea. At the king penguin colony I watched as two foot-high young penguins that looked like brown fuzzy teddy bears, had a slap fight with their flippers until two adults had to intervene. Tony has been running these tours since 1991 and knows everything about the history and natural history of the islands.
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