Chile & Falkland Islands30th Nov 2024
In one of the most exciting holiday packages that Brightwater Holidays has ever offered, we combine Chile, that amazing ‘land of contrasts’ with snow-capped volcanoes, towering glaciers and spectacular flora and fauna, with the unique thrill of travelling to the remote Falkland Islands.
We begin in the Chilean capital, Santiago, a huge city of shining skyscrapers and beautiful parks. We tour the National Park of La Campana (in the footsteps of Charles Darwin) before flying south to Punta Arenas and the Torres del Paine National Park. Two full days are set aside to do justice to the extraordinary range of plants, birds and animals to be found here in the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, and we have also included a boat trip to Lake Grey and the Grey Glacier.
We then fly from Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands, situated 400 miles off the coast of South America in the South Atlantic Ocean. The Falklands offer fresh air, big skies and an abundance of wildlife, much of which is very tame and approachable – we will discover that the penguins have no hesitation in coming up to investigate visitors! There are also elephant seals, sea lions and albatross amongst other birds and animals and in the course of our stay we will visit several different islands providing endless photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience of life on these unspoilt and proudly British islands.
Our tour is led by Colin Crosbie, who considers Chile and the Falkland Islands among his top destinations for botanising.
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What to Expect
- Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in La Camapna National Park
- Stunning scenery and striking plant species in Torres del Paine National Park
- Boat trip to see the Grey Glacier
- Discovering native wildflowers on Bleaker Island
- Close encounters with penguins and other wildlife at Volunteer point
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from London on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Regional flight connections, flight upgrades and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request – please ask for a quotation.