Falkland Islands

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These remote South Atlantic outposts, where there are more penguins than people, are the only part of South America where the British monarch's head appears on the stamps. Windswept they may be, but the islands are a haven for wildlife and a paradise for those who wish to see it: albatross nest in the tussac grass, sea lions breed on the beaches and dolphins cruise off the coast. About 640 km (400 miles) east of the South American mainland, the Falklands Islands/Islas Malvinas are made up of two large islands and over 748 smaller ones. The islands' remoteness adds to the charm of being able to see elephant seals, dolphins, whales, albatross, cormorants, geese and, above all, penguins at close range.

Based on 2005/2006 census figures from Falklands Conservation, there are 385,824 breeding pairs of five species of penguin (king, magellanic, gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni) in the Islands. This constitutes 156 penguins per person (the Islands' human population in the 2006 census was 2,478). The capital, Stanley, is a small, modern town, with reminders of its seafaring past in the hulks of sailing ships in the Harbour. To visit the camp, as the land outside Stanley is known, 4WD vehicles make tours and you can fly to farming and island outposts for warm hospitality, huge skies and unparalleled nature watching.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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