Off-Roading AND Penguins
Volunteer Point in Falkland Islands | mar 2020
Five stars are not nearly enough for this spectacular day visiting the penguins at Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands. For all of us, this day was absolutely tops!!!
The visit started as we climbed into 2 very tall Land Rovers, one driven by the tour provider, Jimmy Curtis; the other by Corey. We were soon to learn why the vehicles needed to be so tall. The terrain we traversed on the drive to our destination would have swallowed an average 4- wheel drive car. We also quickly appreciated the skill and knowledge of our drivers in being able to successfully negotiate the rugged and vast landscape. Along the way, Jimmy and Corey answered our questions, and informed us about the history and geology of the land over which we were traveling. It was a ride like no other — so much fun, so exciting — the journey alone would have been a very worthwhile adventure ….
But the best was still to come…. Penguins!!! Thousands of penguins in their natural habitat! Gentoo, Magellanic, and a very impressive colony of breeding King penguins! And baby penguins, too! We were able to walk amongst these incredible creatures as long as we didn’t get too close, including staying outside a perimeter around the King breeding colony, or interfere with their passage to or from the beach. Periodically, we would squat down to take a photo and a penguin (often a juvenile) would inquisitively approach us, which was quite special. We were also able walk down to the beautiful, pristine beach where penguins would come and go from the water.
It was a day like no other on what had already been a spectacular vacation – the true highlight of our trip. Jimmy’s professionalism and expertise were appreciated by our entire group. The schedule was planned to perfection, and there were no issues returning to our cruise ship on time. While vehicles of various tours do get stuck from time to time, Jimmy’s team traveled in caravan and experienced no issues coming or going. Finally, Jimmy accommodated our dietary restrictions with a nice boxed lunch for our return, and the communication leading up to, and during, our excursion was excellent.
We enthusiastically and unequivocally recommend this Viator excursion and think Jimmy and his crew are exceptional!
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