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A Day At The Beach With Royalty
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Travel by 4x4 to a remote beachside nature preserve to observe and walk among a colony of King penguins, Gentoo penguins and Magellanic penguins.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a scenic two and one-half hour’s drive north to Johnson’s Harbour and then on to Volunteer Point via a 4x4 vehicle. Along the way, you may spot remnants of the 1982 Falklands War, the result of the Argentine invasion of the British-owned islands. Still, it is the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of this rugged landscape that are most impressive.
Birds in particular are the attraction at Volunteer Point, a nature preserve that supports the largest concentration of King penguins in the islands. Volunteer Point is also home to a multitude of Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins and dozens of other avian species.
As you walk along the beach, you will observe these birds interacting in their native habitat. At up to three feet tall, king penguins look regal even waddling about. Their size and bright orange coloring on their heads and beaks make them easy to distinguish from the other penguins.
Gentoo penguins are smaller and sport white feather caps, while Magellanic penguins feature two distinct black stripes across their chests and often bray like donkeys. You may also see ruddy-headed geese, black-throated finches and peregrine falcons, which can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per mile.
Before rejoining your vehicle and traveling back to Stanley, you will be provided a boxed lunch.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking over uneven, natural and sandy surfaces. Travel in the 4x4 vehicle is mainly off-road over rough tracks and the ride can be bumpy. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women, or those who suffer with back, neck or hip problems. Warm layered clothing; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. The tour is operated by a driver/guide. Prevailing road conditions may impact the tour’s operation.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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