The Falkland Islands are a cluster of wave-sculpted isles 350 kilometers east of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. Bathed by cold fertile waters, the Falklands are a mecca for nature lovers. A recent tourism brochure justifiably boasts that the Falkland Islands is a destination “where nature is still in charge”. One of the most remarkable features of the islands is the inspiring array of wildlife – gargantuan elephant seals, quarrelsome sea lions, unruly penguin colonies, sleek Commerson’s dolphins, and pods of predatory killer whales to name just a few. The greatest delight in visiting the Falklands is that the wildlife is extremely tame and easy to observe. Where else can you walk to within a few meters of raucous penguins, elegant albatrosses and super-sized seal pups without them moving away. In fact, some of the animals, including the penguins, will even investigate you as a harmless curiosity.
We have included four days in Chile’s Parque National Torres del Paine in the southern Andes with its breathtaking mountain scenery, herds of wild guanacos, and predatory pumas and you have a nature traveller’s ultimate destination.