Wild Nature of Argentina & The Falklands

Wild Nature of Argentina & The Falklands

Prices From £7,250pp
February to March | 15 nights

Wild Nature of Argentina & The Falklands

Aboard: L'Austral

Immerse yourself in the magical wildlife and natural wonders of the Falklands Islands, Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Chubut province as you embark upon this special adventure cruise aboard a luxury expedition vessel. Sailing from Ushuaia, you will chart a course for the legendary Cape Horn and the fascinating Isla de los Estados, before enjoying five unforgettable days of exploration in the magnificent Falkland Islands where enigmatic wildlife and wonderful scenery will fill every day with unforgettable experiences. And if that wasn’t enough adventure for one trip, you will then sail on to the magical Chubut Province where the wildlife sanctuary of the Valdes Peninsula will simply captivate, before your journey concludes in the bustling city of Buenos Aires.

Various departures available. Please enquire for full dates and rates.

Highlights

  • Discover the unique and unspoiled fauna and flora of the Falklands Islands, Tierra del Fuego and Argentina’s Chubut province
  • Spend 5 unforgettable days in the Falkland Islands discovering the archipelago’s unique ecosystem, enigmatic wildlife and scenic landscapes
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valdes Peninsula where captivating landscapes and unrivalled biodiversity combine to create unforgettable wildlife and scenic experiences
  • Visit the famous albatross sculpture at the legendary Cape Horn and enjoy a sail past Isla de los Estados
  • Observe abundant wildlife such as gentoo, king and Magellanic penguins, sea lions, seals, orcas, whales, dolphins, guanacos and myriad birdlife including huge colonies of black-browed albatross
  • Enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises and guided shore visits throughout
  • Kayaking options available (fees may apply)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
  • One night's accommodation in Buenos Aires pre-voyage with breakfast included
  • Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia pre-voyage
  • Transfers between hotel, airport and ship
  • Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
  • Entertainment and expert lecture programme
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Expedition parka

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Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
1 - 2Days

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Your adventure will start in Buenos Aires where after having arrived independently you will join your transfer to your hotel for your included overnight stay. An early check-in is available and the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure, giving you time to sample some of this incredible city. A group dinner will be arranged for the evening.

After breakfast the following morning your transfer will take you to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia in southern Argentina. The flight will take approximately 3.5 hours and upon arrival you will be transferred to the port to begin embarkation. As you settle in to your luxury ship, we will set sail through the scenic Beagle Channel where some time on deck should reward in multiple seabird sightings.

Cape Horn
3Day

Cape Horn

Our first adventure will see us, if weather conditions allow, head for South America’s southernmost tip as we visit the famous Cape Horn in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Known as the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, we will hope to disembark here to enjoy a walk to the Horn’s iconic albatross monument and take in the spectacular views from this 425-metre high cliff.

Sailing along Isla de los Estados
4Day

Sailing along Isla de los Estados

We now turn north to begin our journey towards the Falklands and along the way we will sail past the mountainous and rugged Isla de los Estados where we will hope to be able to see the lighthouse that inspired Jules Verne’s Lighthouse at the End of the World. This tiny Argentinean island in the extreme far-east of the Tierra del Fuego is a real nature sanctuary and as we sail we will hope for sightings of the Commerson’s dolphins and Magellanic penguins that are often seen here.

Bleaker Island & Port Stanley, Falklands
5Day

Bleaker Island & Port Stanley, Falklands

Today we will arrive along the southeast coast of the Falkland Islands and will prepare to begin our exploration of this remote and remarkable archipelago. Our first stop is likely to bring us to beautiful Bleaker Island to discover its rugged cliffs and vast beaches of white sand or pebbles. The island is, in part, a National Nature Reserve and as we explore by Zodiac dinghy or on foot, we will hope for some wildlife sightings here including gentoo and king penguins, sheep and over 50 bird species including blackish oystercatchers and large colonies of imperial shags.

Later this afternoon we will make our way to Port Stanley, the vibrant capital of the Falklands where we will go ashore to sample the town’s uniquely British feel. Discover the brightly coloured houses, beautiful waterfront, quirky pubs, museum and church of this remote and fascinating town.

Barren Island & Falkland Sound
6Day

Barren Island & Falkland Sound

We now make our way westwards towards the Falkland Sound where we will stop at the southern entrance to the sound to discover the coves and coastline of Barren Island. As we reach the island by Zodiac, we are likely to be greeted by the sight of seals and sea lions basking along the shore, an abundant colony of gentoo penguins and large colonies of giant petrels flying overhead, all surrounded by truly unspoiled and majestic scenery.

We will then cruise through the Falkland Sound, a first for expedition cruising, between the two main islands of the Falkland Islands, West Falkland and East Falkland. Admire as the deep blue of the water merges with the distinctive green of the peat-covered moors and soak up the beauty of the peaceful prairie landscape punctuated by coves and bays which you will discover as you sail along.

Saunders Island & Carcass Island
7Day

Saunders Island & Carcass Island

We now arrive at The Neck, a narrow stretch of land connecting the two sides of Saunders Island, where you will join your naturalist guides for a walk around these blustery surroundings where a veritable paradise of endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters creates a most spectacular sight. This stunning location is also home to several bird species including black-browed albatross and Magellanic, king and southern rockhopper penguins.

On Carcass Island, more scenic wonders await as we soak up the island’s landscape of steep rocks, sheer cliffs, wild expanses and white-sand beaches where, thanks to being one of the few islands where no predators have been introduced, an abundant number of birds live, breed and are born in total serenity. Royal and southern rockhopper penguins are also likely to be spotted here.

Grave Cove & New Island
8Day

Grave Cove & New Island

Next up we will make our way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove where, as we step on to the wide sandy beach, we may be accompanied by some of the Commerson's dolphins that are regularly sighted here. More wildlife awaits as we make our way across the grassy dunes to one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area that resides here alongside the famous Falkland Islands sheep. We may also have good chances of spotting sea lions here.

On the distinctive jagged landmass of New Island, we will make land to enjoy a walk across the golden sand of the flower-lined beaches to discover more of this remote natural paradise. A short walk through the typical Falkland moorlands will see you reach a colony of southern rockhopper penguins. In this location we will also have the opportunity to observe large colonies of imperial shags and the mighty black-browed albatross as they swoop majestically from the cliffs to the waves.

Steeple Jason Island
9Day

Steeple Jason Island

Your last stop in the Falklands will bring you to the spectacular Steeple Jason Island on the extreme north-west corner of the archipelago. Home to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, birders and photographers alike will delight in witnessing these magnificent birds as they perform their endless ballet and soar majestically across the beautiful coastline. Caracaras, gentoo penguins and Magellanic penguins are also in abundance here…the perfect way to round off your Falklands adventure.

At Sea
10Day

At Sea

After more than a week of exciting adventures, it’s time for some well-deserved relaxation as we spend the day sailing back towards the Argentina mainland. Treat yourself with a relaxing visit to the spa, chill out in the bar with your new-found friends, join some of the onboard lectures and presentations delivered by your team of destination experts, or spend some time on deck searching for sightings of marine mammals and seabirds.

Camarones
11Day

Camarones

As we reach southern Argentina’s enchanting Chubut province, we will make land at the small town of Camarones which is noted for its wealth of geological and paleontological features. As we explore along its lengthy unspoiled coastline we will hope for more wildlife sightings and scenic wonders.

Puerto Madryn
12 - 13Days

Puerto Madryn

Your final adventure will see you discover the city of Puerto Madryn which is nestled in the Golfo Nuevo and is surrounded by wild and abundant nature. We will spend 2 days here exploring, with a highlight being a visit to the Valdes Peninsula nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we are likely to spot a wealth of wildlife on land and at sea, including southern right whales, southern elephant seals, southern sea lions and orcas, alongside Magellanic penguins, guanacos and Patagonian maras.

At Sea
14 - 15Days

At Sea

As your journey nears its conclusion, we will spend 2 days relaxing at sea as we sail towards the bustling city of Buenos Aires, a stark contrast to the remote lands you will have discovered on your adventure.

Buenos Aires
16Day

Buenos Aires

Your Argentina and Falklands expedition concludes back in vibrant Buenos Aires where it will be time to disembark and make your way homewards or onwards.

A view from Above

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L'Austral
Luxury vessel

L'Austral

L'Austral is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambience with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, I-pod docks, WiFi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii and slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hammam and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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