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This is a magnificent tour. Get out to Volunteer Point if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands.
Our only drawback on this tour was the misleading information provided by Viator on their trip voucher. The voucher said the tour supplier would be Indoor America - Top Private Tours. In reality, the tour provider was Jimmy Curtis Touring. Furthermore, the voucher specifically stated ... Please get ashore quickly after the ship anchors. We will be waiting for you as you come through the security gate with a large blue flag saying 'EXCURSIONS'. This also was not correct since the only tour company with a large blue flag was not Jimmy Curtis Touring. Since each tender coming into the dock contained 100 persons, there was total confusion once you got on shore.
Eventually we got everything straightened out and we on our way to a most memorable day with the Jimmy Curtis touring company. I strongly recommend this group since they are very professional, they provide a very good lunch and, most importantly, they cost a lot less than the same tour offered by the cruise line. In our case, we paid 130 U.S. less per person than what we would have paid on the ship.
Although most of the 2 hour 4X4 trip to Volunteer Point is over very rugged terrain mud, hills, high grasses, creeks, across metal planks placed over ditches, etc., it is one you will never forget. On our trip, two of the seven 4X4's in our caravan got stuck in either the mud or a ditch and had to be extracted with a winch -- a typical day at the office in the Falkland Islands.
Once we got to Volunteer Point, we certainly were not disappointed since we literally saw 1,000's of penguins among 3 different species King, Gentoo and Magellanic. Both the King and Gentoo live in colonies but the Magellanic live in burrows buried in the ground. In addition to the inland breeding colonies, you can also walk down to the Atlantic Ocean to see the penguins going to and from the sea. We were most fortunate on the day we were there January 9, 2018 in that there was plenty of activity on the shore. At one time, I videoed approximately 50 Gentoo penguins coming out of the sea all at the same time most incredible.
If you take this tour, make sure you wear many layers of clothing since the Point can be both cold and windy. Although the temperature was in the 50's when we were there 10 degrees Celsius, the very windy conditions will wear you down over the 2hours you are on land.
I've attached some pictures from the tour. Note the one picture I took from our 4X4 of the extremely steep hill top left side of the picture we had to go up on our way back to Stanley. This hill, in my opinion, may have been as steep as 40 degrees.
The tour was wonderful from the riding in the 4x4s to the penguins we saw. We had a problem in locating our tour. Instructions were to look for someone in yellow with a yellow sign with my name on it. That was not the case. After spending 15 minutes waiting for someone with a yellow sign, we began to ask the other tour operators if they had my name. Jimmy had my name on his list. This should have not happened and was very disconcerting.
What an awesome trip. Although the off road trip to get to the penguins was very bumpy it was worth it as a truly memorable experience seeing all the penguins.
Absolutely amazing tour - crossing the challenging tundra to reach the three species of thousands of penguins was well worth the journey. Beautiful beaches just added to the adventure...
If you want adventure, here you get it. The 4x4 wheel drive was truly off-road. No roads there, driving was cross country for very long stretches. I have been driving a Jeep all my life and did not know, what these vehicles can do and the punishment they can take. People with back- or neck problems should definitely avoid this rough trip. But it was rewarding, the sights, the animals, the countryside. The guide was great and a good driver. They go in groups which is good, so they can and do help each other when one gets stuck. A fantastic trip, the only downside was the lunch they offered. Terrible.
Off-road driving, the king penguins, and the coastal scenery were unforgettable memories. Our driver Kurt is very experienced. This is a must do in Falkland.
Brilliant trip, really enjoyed a great tour, definitely recommend. Falklands was so interesting, and talking and meeting the people who live in Stanley was fascinating. This is a tour that is unmissable if you are planning to visit the Falklands, of course the penguins help as well.
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to South America. Expert local guide who took us to the most amazing beach literally packed with Penguins. Not to be missed
Everyone should see. Thanks
Met at the ship by a GREAT guide -- sixth generation Falkland's resident. In addition to guiding, her family owned a small 14000 acre sheep ranch. Learned about the Falkland's, sheep raising, the war -- everything one could ask. Penguins were an experience beyond description. Could not recommend more highly.
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