Travel to Falkland Islands
The eco-tourist in all of us would travel to Falkland Islands in a heartbeat. This collection of islands near Argentina is known worldwide for its fantastic wildlife: many species of bird call these islands home, including the albatross, flightless steamer duck, petrel, and several varieties of penguin. The surrounding waters are replete with seals, dolphins, porpoises, and the occasional whale. The only heavily settled point on the island is the capital of Stanley, with the remainder of the landmass providing ideal camping. Even the 'town' of Port Howard is deceptively depopulated: it is, in fact, a 200,000 acre sheep farm.
It can be difficult to get onto the Falklands, as the only international flights come in from Chile, Argentina, and the UK (who lay claim to the Falklands). Other than coming from those locales, travelers are restricted to coming in via chartered prop planes or docking at Port Stanley, on a cruise ship usually.
Because the Falklands are UK-owned, travelers must exchange currency to either the Falkland or British pound. The British roots of the Falklands mean that food and culture are largely the same as they would be in the UK. Fish and chips, mutton, and tea are very common, and because there is no tax on alcohol in the Falklands, pub culture thrives.
Travelers should note that politeness is strictly adhered to in the Falklands. Littering, vandalism of private property or natural landforms, and disruption of wildlife are frowned upon. However, crime is almost unknown on the islands, so a respectful visitor is almost guaranteed a fun and safe stay.
Currency: Falkland Islands pound (FKP)
Electricity Voltage: 240V
Calling Code: 500
Popular Travel Destinations:
- Falkland Islands Museum
- Pebble Island
- Port San Carlos
Official Website: www.falklandislands.com/
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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.