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 Patagonia and the Falkland Islands 

Combine the best nature and photo journey to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego with a visit to the Falkland Islands.

We’ll spend the first half of this journey exploring the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales, including boat trips to the Chilean Fjords and their striking glaciers, plus in-depth visits to Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, Torres del Paine National Park. The last portion of the trip will be oriented to visit Tierra del Fuego and the only continental-breeding colony of the stunning King Penguin.

We’ll then board a plane and fly east into the South Atlantic to discover the wildlife and natural history of a remarkable and remote group of islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Falklands. The archipelago comprises more than 700 small islands (most of them uninhabited) and is located about 350 miles northwest of Cape Horn, east of mainland South America. The Falklands are simply the most accessible place in the world to observe breeding colonies of sub-Antarctic wildlife such as tame Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper and King Penguins and marine mammals such as Southern Elephant Seals.

14-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile • 6-19 December 2015 by Enrique Couve

 

Patagonia & the Falkland Islands - The Southern Andes and the Galapagos of the South

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!Our goal is that by the end of this journey of discovery, you would become a true connoisseur of the nature and wildlife of these latitudes. We will spend considerable time exploring the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales, including boat trips to the Chilean Fjords and its striking glaciers, plus in-depth visits to Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, Torres del Paine National Park. The focus of this trip is to see as much wildlife as possible and traveling in a small group (up to 6 participants), will also provide the photo enthusiast, of great chances of capturing the grandeur of these awe-inspiring landscapes. Remota Lodge will be our comfortable base during most of this trip; its remarkable architecture and its unique setting are worthwhile exploring and documenting. The last portion of the trip will be oriented to visit Tierra del Fuego and the world's most accessible breeding colony of the stunning King Penguins. A grand finale for a trip of a lifetime.

On this journey we will discover the wildlife and natural history of a remarkable and remote group of islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Falklands. The archipelago comprises more than 700 small islands (most of them uninhabited) and is located about 350 miles northwest of Cape Horn, in mainland South America. The Falklands are simply the most accessible place in the world to observe breeding colonies of sub-Antarctic wildlife such as tame Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper and King Penguins and marine mammals such as Southern Elephant Seals and Orcas.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview


Itinerary in Brief (14 days / 13 nights)

 

Day 1 • Punta ArenasOtway Sound for Magellanic penguinsDrive to Torres del Paine National Park  Torres del Paine (3 nights)

Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector)Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Day 3 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector)Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector)Lago SarmientoMylodon Cave Natural Monument  Puerto Natales (1 night)

Day 5 • Pali Aike roadFerry to Tierra del FuegoUseless Bay for King penguins  Porvenir (1 night)

 

Day 6 • Straits of MagellanFerry to Punta Arenas  Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 7 • Flight to the Falklands – Drive to Port Stanley

Day 8 • Volunteer Point

Day 9 • Flight to Carcass Island

Day 10 • Carcass Island – Optional boat trip to West Point Island

Day 11 • Carcass Island – Flight to Sea Lion Island

Day 12 • Sea Lion Island

Day 13 • Sea Lion Island – Flight to Darwin

Day 14 • Flight to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile

 

Trip Highlights

• Visit to the impressive King Penguin colony of Volunteer Point.

• Up to six penguins species including Rockhopper, Gentoo and Magellanic.

• Great light conditions and wildlife tameness, ideal and highly recommended to serious nature photographers.

• Visit to marine mammal colonies of Elephant Seal and Sea Lions.

• Great wildlife lodges located in remote islands.

• Scenic flights within the archipelago.

• Exclusive nature and photo program designed to explore 'Torres del Paine' & 'Bernardo O'Higgins' National Parks, in Chilean Patagonia.

• Visits to Otway Sound, Mylodon Cave and 'King Penguin' park, the latter in Chilean Tierra del Fuego.

• Great naturalist guides who will introduce you to the natural history and culture of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

• An incredible array of wildlife, ranging from Andean condors to guanacos, from flamingoes to penguins, from pumas to dolphins and sea lions.

• A study of the rich cultural history (and pre-history) of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego; as well as the history of exploration from Magellan onwards.

• Ferry journeys across the mythic Straits of Magellan.

• A remarkable and unique array of flora for the plant enthusiasts, including the Nothofagus beech forests, the southernmost in the world.

• Ideal journey for nature photographers (of all levels) as well as nature enthusiasts.

 

This program is operated as a custom trip (flexible option which runs on a date you choose giving you more privacy) is available upon request for individuals or small private groups.


The Difference of Traveling with Far South Expeditions

• Great accommodation, great cuisine and memorable picnic lunches.

• Small group experience with a maximum group size of 6 participants.

• Spacious vehicles that ensure a window seat to each trip participant.

• ...plus a useful pre-departure information package.

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

(*) We recommend arriving to Punta Arenas one day before the trip, in order to have an early start at Torres del Paine National Park on Day 1.

 

Day 1 • Sunday Punta Arenas – Otway Sound for Magellanic penguins – Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at Punta Arenas, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine National Park. During the journey to the park, you will observe how the strong westerly winds have sculpted the vegetation of the grassy steppes in Patagonia.

We will drive for less than an hour until we reach Otway Sound and its Magellanic penguin rookery. Here, we will have plenty of time in order to photograph and study some of the natural history of this endemic and most common penguin species of Patagonia. Your guide will give you a field talk about their breeding and feeding ecology, plus some remarks about other penguin species occurring in the southern region of South America. There’s a good chance of seeing Chilean Flamingo plus a good selection of Southern waterfowl.

We will often stop along the way for photography and wildlife observation; en route we might spot Andean Condor, Guanaco, southern Grey Fox and Patagonian Skunk while enjoying our first contact with the sub-Antarctic Southern Beech (Nothofagus) Forest, world's southernmost woods. At the picturesque coastal town of Puerto Natales, we’ll enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Chilean fjords with groups of stunning Black-necked Swans feeding along the shoreline. We will have splendid views of the range, and if it’s clear, of the Paine Massif at the distance. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. This evening we can carry out a sunset photo session, either before or after dinner.

Distances: From Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales - approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles, approximately 3-hour drive). From Puerto Natales to Hotel Rio Serrano (south-western side of the park) - approximately 90 kilometers (65 miles, approximately 2.5-hour drive, including many scenic and wildlife stops).

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Dawn at the Los Cuernos (the 'Horns'), Paine Massif, Torres del Paine NP, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Monday Torres del Paine (western sector) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Each day, we will have an early start in order to be in location to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn. We will concentrate on photographing the 'Horns' and Paine Grande peaks, located in the southern face of the Massif.

Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge national park, extending for 600,000 acres (242,000 hectares). The omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock, dominates the landscape. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia named it Paine, meaning, “blue”, presumably referring to the hazy coloration when observed at a distance. We’ll have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or Southern Beech forest and its diversity of plants and animals; we will try for Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and if we are lucky the shy Huemul Deer. The contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests will delight you.

Lake Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colossal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow journey from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and actively calving front of the Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 glaciers that originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world's third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all of Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. The photography is great at this particular spot; we will be treated with a glass of Pisco Sour or Scotch containing hundreds- possibly thousand-year old glacial ice!

This evening we will have again an optional photo outing for sunset and the dramatic cloud formations.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Tuesday • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern side) – Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

Again this morning we will have an early start in order to photograph the Horns with the first light of day. In the right light, the mountain base turns to orange colours and the scene becomes very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast above the peaks.

We’ll explore the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located in the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds and nearly 500 species of plants in the park and we we’ll see a considerable number of them, all very interesting subjects for observation and photography. During the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January), the myriad of flowers that bloom in these magnificent landscapes are an unforgettable sight. After our return to the hotel and enjoying our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds, this time at sunset.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

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Day 4 • Wednesday Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector)  Lago Sarmiento  Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

The lookout from the Eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres, the Towers, the granite spires that name the park. As we move around, you may observe confiding herds of Guanaco, the southernmost camel relative, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and the imposing Andean Condor gliding along the road. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park and enjoy the views of one of Paine River’s impressive waterfalls and if it’s clear, the fabulous Paine Massif from Laguna Amarga.

During the afternoon we will visit Mylodon Cave Nature Reserve. This outstanding natural formation – consisting of a massive cave carved by the waves of an ancient lake in the rock conglomerate – was used as shelter for a large array of long-gone Pleistocene mammal species, including the Giant Ground Sloth or Mylodon, Mylodon darwinii, when most of the surroundings were covered by glaciers. The palaeontology of the area results fascinating and we’ll learn some interesting accounts from our guide, in the field as well as by visiting the interpretation centre of the reserve.

We will have the rare opportunity to explore other minor caves at Benitez Hill; these smaller shelters, fairly easy to explore, were primarily used by pre-Columbian inhabitants, who reached these latitudes several thousand years ago.

The trail goes through Southern beech woods, with great chances of seeing new forest birds as well as raptors and soaring Condors. We will also study the flora of the area; one of the most remarkable and dominant plants is the Chilean Firebush (Embothrium coccineum), a relative to African Protea, whose flowers paint the hillsides in incredible scarlets.

Overnight at Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

South American Gray Fox or Chilla © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 5 • Thursday Pali Aike road  Ferry to Tierra del Fuego (c. 30 minutes)  Useless Bay for King Penguins

We will leave Remota and Puerto Natales, hopefully with many rewarding memories of our explorations and wildlife encounters on this beautiful corner of Patagonia. We will drive east across the vast wind-swept steppes and along the border with Argentina, which here is literally a straight, seemingly endless line.

Pali Aike National Park and its many extinct cinder cones is a place that breaks the uniformity of this vast, big-sky country. Long-gone Indians extensively occupied the area, and it has a very rich archaeology and paleontology. The birdlife of the area is very interesting too, as we may find intriguing species such as Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Chocolate-vented Tyrant and the colourful White-bridled Finch.

We will take a short ferry ride across the narrowest portion of the Magellan Straits, where we expect to see the delightful and local Commerson’s Dolphin.

This time we will drive along the shores of the huge embayment of Bahía Inútil, Useless Bay, to see the recently established King Penguin breeding colony. This is a private nature reserve, which aims to preserve the small numbers of Kings that remain year-round and breed here, attracted by the bounty of the surrounding sea. We will have ample opportunities to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance (maximum approach distance will be given by your guide and must be respected at all times during your visit).

Overnight at Hotel Yendegaia or similar, Porvenir. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

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Day 6 • Friday Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego  Straits of Magellan  Ferry to Punta Arenas

Tierra del Fuego, the 'Land of Fire' is another landmark coined by the skilled navigator, Ferdinand Magellan. In 1520, while crossing the seaway that now honors his name, he and his crew spotted a line of bonfires along the coast of a huge landmass. Tierra del Fuego is now a land of endless wind-swept steppes, rolling hills and lush temperate forests; sheep-farming stations, locally known as estancias, are interspersed amidst these picturesque and colorful landscapes dominated by dramatic skies.

We will enjoy a leisure morning while exploring around the town of Porvenir to photograph and learn about the particular wildlife and history of this remote corner of Patagonia. We will visit its alkaline pools where there are large aggregations of migratory birds such as sandpiper and plovers, and our main goal here will be Chilean Flamingo. Later we will explore the coast to see some of the many shipwrecks that have made these seas infamous over the years. After lunch we will be heading back to Punta Arenas by ferry.

Overnight at Hotel Rey Don Felipe or similar, Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

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Day 7 • Saturday • Flight to Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands – Meet and transfer to Port Stanley

This morning you will take a morning flight from Punta Arenas (PUQ) to Mount Pleasant airport in the Falkland Islands.

On arrival, you will be met by your local host and transferred to Port Stanley, the only town in the archipelago, with a population of approximately 2,000 people. You will have part of the afternoon to visit the very interesting local museum and some free time to make your own independent explorations.

Overnight at Hotel Malvina House, Port Stanley. (In-flight meal, Dinner).

 

Visiting the impressive King Penguin breeding colony of Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 8 • Sunday • Full day trip to Volunteer Point – King Penguin rookery

We will travel to Volunteer Point by 4x4 vehicles with a driver/guide in a journey of approximately 2.5 hours from Stanley. Named after the ship ‘Volunteer’ which called into the islands in 1815, the point is part of the Johnsons Harbour farm, one of the largest privately owned settlements. Volunteer Beach is approximately 2 miles of stunning white sand bordered by high grassy banks leading to large greens.

These wonderful areas provide the perfect habitats for three breeding species of penguin: Gentoo, Magellanic and the regal King penguin, of which there are over 1,000 adults which successfully rear over 200 chicks each year. This is the largest breeding group of Kings within the islands within easy access. King penguin breeding cycle takes longer than one year meaning that any pair rears two chicks in a three year period. The egg is incubated on the feet and should the egg roll off the parent can lose interest and the egg is lost. This is a critical stage in the parenting and visitors need to be vigilant and must not disturb the colony.

Overnight at Hotel Malvina House, Port Stanley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Tour leader and company founder Enrique Couve closely photographing King Penguin chicks at the colony of Volunteer Point © courtesy of guest Alex Macipe

 

Day 9 • Monday • Flight to Carcass Island (c. 45 minutes) – Explore Carcass Island

Today we will fly to Carcass Island and enjoy the hospitality of one of the most comfortable lodges in the whole archipelago. This will the perfect base for the following two nights to explore the island on foot or by land rover, looking for the famous ‘Johnny Rook’ or Striated Caracara among several other avian specialties of the Falklands.

Over 100 years of habitation, Carcass named after the HMS Carcass, has had three environmentally conscious owners who have avoided the introduction of rats and cats. This care and freedom from predation has made a difference that is immediately evident and needs to be experienced rather than described. Magellanic penguins nest around the settlement and a Gentoo colony is only a short walk away. There is also a large number of Striated Caracara (Johnny Rook), most of them residing right outside the windows of the accommodation. Elephant seal, Sea Lion, King cormorants and Night heron are also to be found on the island in addition to the wonderful endemic Cobb’s Wren and other small bird species on this cat and rat free island.  Your hosts are outstanding and offer a home away from home in the refurbished house.

Overnight at Carcass Lodge, Carcass Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Southern Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis), Falkland Islands © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 10 • Tuesday • Carcass Island – Optional boat trip to West Point Island – Black-browed Albatross colony

The surroundings of Carcass Island are just phenomenal for wildlife encounters. We will be transferred by land rover to the wildlife sites, crossing moorlands and tussock grasslands with superb views of the coast and surrounding islands. We’ll use the morning to photograph the Elephant Seals visiting the beaches and maybe even see Orcas off the headlands. A variety of coastal birds including Magellanic and Blackish Oystercatchers, Crested Ducks, Kelp Goose and delicate Dolphin Gulls will be great subject for our wildlife photography. The lodge offers fantastic home-made cooking and simple and great facilities to relax after our photo and wildlife excursions.

If you are interested in photographing Albatross at their colonies we suggest you to consider the optional boat trip to West Point Island (weather permitting). The 2-hour crossing can be productive for the birders and photographers as we have great chances to see Thin-billed Prion, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and up to two dolphin species, including Commerson's and Peale's. The main goal of the trip is to approach a nesting colony of Black-browed Albatrosses, where we will learn the fascinating details of their ecology and breeding cycles.

Overnight at Carcass Lodge, Carcass Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Photographing albatrosses at West Point Island © courtesy of guest Alex Macipe


Day 11 • Wednesday • Carcass Island – Flight to Sea Lion Island (c. 45 minutes) – Sea Lion Island

‘Sea Lion’ is a ‘must’ in any Falkland Islands tour as this fantastic island is truly is a paradise for wildlife. Here we will see three penguin species, huge cormorant colonies and a large Elephant Seal rookery. This place is simply fantastic for nature photography, with birds, marine mammals and plants, great views and comfortable accommodations. Sea Lion Lodge will be our base for two nights.

Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge, Sea Lion Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Our guest Gert Huijzers, keen nature photographer and birder at Sea Lion Island, the Falklands, during one of our photo safaris to this remarkable archipelago of the South Atlantic © Courtesy Stieneke Huijzers

 

Day 12 • Thursday • Full day exploring Sea Lion Island – Visit to penguin and elephant seal colonies

Sea Lion Island, the most southerly inhabited island of the Falklands group, is five miles long and just over a mile wide at its widest point, just the right size for exploring. Beautiful stands of spectacular tussock grass cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the islands' varied fauna and wildlife, including Elephant seal (the largest population on the Islands, with up to 1,800 seals) and Southern Sea Lion. Besides the tussock, there are dazzling white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and fresh water ponds.

The different bird species, which can be seen on the island, include four species of penguin and birds of prey such as Striated Caracara, one of the rarest raptors in the world. At certain times of the year, pods of killer whale circle the island in pursuit of Elephant Seal pups which can be found in the crystal clear nursery pools only a few minutes walk from the lodge’s front door! Sea Lion, a remarkable wildlife reserve where nature can really be experienced, to later share experiences and memories in the cosiness of your lodge.

Overnight at Sea Lion Lodge, Sea Lion Island. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua), Sea Lion Island © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 13 • Friday • Sea Lion Island – Flight to Darwin (c. 40 minutes)

By noontime we will fly to the Darwin settlement. Darwin, Goose Green and San Carlos are probably best known today for the parts they played during the 1982 conflict between the British and Argentines.  All locations have memorials to those fallen and Darwin is the site of the Argentine cemetery and San Carlos that of the British cemetery and small museum and Bomb Alley.Darwin was once the largest settlement after Stanley, with almost 200 workers on the farm payroll. The settlement, named after Charles Darwin, who spent some time here during his travels, was established in 1859 as a centre first for cattle ranching, and later for sheep farming.  Today, the number of residents is much fewer but remains a large working settlement which offers superb full board accommodation in the form of Darwin House.

Overnight at Darwin House, Darwin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

A great small group adventure in the wilderness of the Falklands Islands © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 14 • Saturday • Darwin settlement – Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport – Flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile

You will have a leisure morning. After breakfast, you will have some time to explore the surroundings of the settlement and watch the common wildlife. We will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon to take our flight to Santiago where our trip will conclude.

(Breakfast)

 

DATES & PRICING

Dates for 2015/2016 Departures

 

Patagonia & the Falkland Islands
 Trip Code PAT09
 2015 Dates 6-19 December by Enrique Couve
 2016 Dates 4-17 December by Enrique Couve
 Price per person $6,998
 Single Supplement $1,250

Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum group size of 6 participants.

 

Custom private departures are available from January to March 2015 & September 2015 through April 2016. Departures from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile.

• The above rates are per person in USD, based on double occupancy. Single supplement charge is indicated.

• Departure tax from the Falklands (£22 - payable locally, not included)

 

Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago or Punta Arenas to the Falklands?

We can provide a competitive quote for your flight tickets (Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas - Mount Pleasant, Falklands - Punta Arenas / Santiago de Chile).

Duration of the flight: From Santiago de Chile (c. 6-7 hours); from Punta Arenas (c. 2 hours).

 

What the trip includes/excludes

Single supplement will be added if requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary, boat trips to Grey Lake, ferry fares to Tierra del Fuego, domestic flight for scheduled departures (Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego - Punta Arenas - one way) and park entrance fees, all internal flights using FIGAS, and full day tour to Volunteer Point with drive/guides.

The trip price excludes: Flights Punta Arenas - Falkland Islands, departure tax from the Falklands (£22 - payable locally), tipping, travel insurance, excess baggage charges (20kg personal allowance, excess charged at £1 per kilo per flight thereafter), hotels in Santiago or Punta Arenas, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Tour Registration

To register for this tour, complete the online registration form and return it (by fax or email) with a deposit of US$ 750 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

GUIDES

Tour Leaders

 

Enrique Couve, Far South ExpeditionsEnrique Couve is an Industrial Engineer by profession, although a field naturalist by true passion. One of the two founders and original driving forces behind the Far South Expeditions concept and company, he has been birding and studying the natural history of Chile for more than 45 years.

He is co-author of more than 20 publications on the natural heritage of Chile and Patagonia, and among his published works is the praised 'Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula'. Enrique is a very gifted field spotter, and he uses this skill on his nature photography work, as he has one of the most complete and extensive files on the flora and fauna of the country.

Enrique has extensively travelled throughout Chile and South America, its oceanic islands and Antarctica. He is the main author of an upcoming and long-awaited Field Guide to the Birds of Chile, now in its final completing stages. He is a skilled puma tracker and a pioneer of puma trips in Patagonia.

He is founding partner and manager of Far South Expeditions and lives in Punta Arenas with his wife Cecilia.

 

LODGES

The Lodges

 

Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Chile

The hotel gets its name after the sinuous Serrano River, which originates in the waters of Toro Lake and flows into the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Its unique location, facing the astonishing Torres del Paine Massif, provides the perfect amalgam of design, quality and comfort, keeping in mind the fragile ecosystem.

The hotel has 95 rooms. They have been designed to provide that unique homy atmosphere. Wood and stone make the perfect blend, that together with a fireplace set scene of pure relaxation.

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Rio Serrano. Click here.

Hotel Rio Serrano Website

 

Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Patagonia - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales, Chile

This remarkable lodge brings out the perfect balance combining its striking and award-winning architecture, a cozy and truly comfortable atmosphere plus kind and highly trained local staff. We guarantee you that your stay here will be a memorable one, as this place is the perfect choice for our goals in terms of wildlife discoveries and traveling in comfort.

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Remota. Click here.

Hotel Remota Website

 

 

Hosteria Yendegaia, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

This delightful guest house is located at Porvenir, largest town of the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego. This old and well-preserved private, patrimonial home, was built by Croatian pioners in 1925, and keeps its authentic athmosphere, being the ideal base for your explorations of the remote areas of the island. This guest house has 7 fully equiped rooms, with private facilities, central heating, an excellent restaurant and free wi-fi access.

Check out our photo gallery of Hosteria Yendegaia. Click here.

Hosteria Yendegaia Website

 

Hosteria Yendegaia, Porvenir - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas, Chile

At just two blocks from the main square and close to historic buildings and palaces, museums, pier and many other sites of attraction. Hotel Rey Don Felipe offers a modern building with an architectural design inspired by the traditions and history of Magallanes province, guests will find cozy and comfortable interior areas with not only charm but varied services, technology and small details that make it an ideal place for a suitable staying for families and tourist groups.

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Rey Don Felipe. Click here.

Hotel Rey Don Felipe Website

 

 

Malvina House

Malvina House Hotel, in the heart of Stanley, capital of The Falkland Islands, overlooks the natural harbour and is only a few minutes’ walk from shops, pubs and historic sites and monuments, a haven of peace in one of the most fantastic locations on the planet where nature is still very much in charge.

The Hotel combines the convenience and comforts that you would expect in any capital city whilst encompassing a small town atmosphere.

Originally built in the 1880s by John James Felton, who had arrived in the Falklands in 1849 at the age of eight when his father, Sergeant-Major Henry Felton of the Life Guards, accompanied a detachment of military pensioners sent as settlers to the infant colony, it still occupies the same original grounds.

Malvina House Website

 

Malvina House Hotel, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

 

Carcass Island Lodge

Carcass is one of the most beautiful of the Falklands islands, full of wildlife in the form of penguins, caracaras, albatrosses and other seabirds and marine mammals like elephant seals, sea lions and dolphins.

Carcass Island Lodge is the perfect base from where you can visit seabird colonies, beautiful beaches and neighbouring islands.

Rob and Lorraine McGill are the owners of the Island and the original farmhouse, sheltered by trees and now converted into a comfortable lodge, with cosy accommodations, friendly staff and great cuisine.

 

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Sea Lion Island Lodge

Here you will find an insight into the unique experience that is Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve. You will discover how the sheer beauty and solitude of the island makes it a paradise for wildlife and visitors alike, and why both return year after year. Since 2009 Sea Lion Island has officially been declared a National Nature Reserve, with no introduced livestock living on the island. All fences have now been removed, enabling easier access to all parts of the island and its native wildlife.

Sea Lion Lodge is a 3 star hotel and the most Southerly British Lodge Hotel in the world. The accommodation is welcoming, homely and very comfortable.

Built in 1986, it is managed by Carol Peck, and she and her staff ensure that their guests are superbly looked after throughout their stay. The lodge and settlement were completely upgraded during 2008.

Sea Lion Lodge is the only hotel on the island, so visitors are assured of their privacy and security wherever their daily adventures take them. A wealth of wildlife and dedicated services make Sea Lion Island the most spectacular place to visit in the Falklands.

Sea Lion Island Website

 

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Photo Gallery

 

Check out our photo gallery with images from recent nature and photo trips to Patagonia & the Falkland Islands.


Check out our photo gallery with images from recent nature and photo trips to Patagonia & the Falkland Islands.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 16:21