The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) are a remote South Atlantic archipelago. With rugged terrain and cliff-lined coasts, its hundreds of islands and islets are home to sheep farms and abundant birdlife. The capital, Stanley, sits on East Falkland, the largest island. The town's Falkland Islands Museum has themed galleries devoted to maritime exploration, natural history, the 1982 Falklands War and other subjects.
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Volunteer Point Tour
Delight in the playful antics of King Penguins during a half-day tour to Volunteer Point from Stanley in the Falkland Islands. With a professional guide, get acquainted with a variety of penguin species and listen to illuminating commentary as you see Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Scour the sandy beach for lurking sea lions; ride in a powerful 4x4 jeep; and enjoy the intimate atmosphere of this small-group tour, limited to four people.
Located on East Island, Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It's also the island's major population center, and is home to more than 2,000 people.
Built on a north-facing slope to maximize exposure to the sun, many of the city's quaint wood clad homes are painted bright colors, with corrugated iron roofs, and overlook picturesque Stanley Harbour. Visitors particularly enjoy the very English flavor of Stanley, which boasts iconic red phone boxes and a handful of old inns.
A pleasant day can be spent exploring the streets on foot, taking in such sights as the many marine and military monuments, many of them dedicated to the Falkland War (Stanley was the scene of fighting between British and Argentine troops in 1982).
Christ Church Cathedral and Whalebone Arch
Pretty little Christ Church Cathedral, the world's southernmost Anglican cathedral, was consecrated in 1892. A visit here should top your list of things to do when in Stanley. Designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield, it's one of the few stone buildings in the Falkland Islands.
The cathedral grounds are where you'll find the unique Whalebone Arch. Made from the jaws of two massive blue whales in 1933, it was designed to commemorate the centenary of British rule. Standing beneath these impressive bones is certainly a humbling experience - and an ideal Falklands selfie opportunity.
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