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Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

In the South Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles (500km) east of Argentine Patagonia, the Falkland Islands consist of two large islands and many smaller ones. (In this chapter, the islands will be referred to as Falkland islands, as they are internationally recognized.

It should be noted, however, that the official Argentine name is Islas Malvinas.) Bays, inlets, estuaries and beaches create a tortuous, attractive coastline that is home to abundant wildlife, Indeed, the islands' variety of breeding birds is one of the main visitor attractions. The main town on these desolate islands is Stanley, a stretch of metal clad houses with brightly painted corrugated metal roofs and large kitchen gardens, contrasting with the surrounding moorland.

Outside of Stanley is 'camp' as the rest of the Falklands is so fondly called. Camp settlements began as company towns (hamlets near sheltered harbors where coastal shipping could collect wool). Most of camp on Fast Falkland is accessible by road, as is most of West Falkland, while more remote corners, and the numerous smaller islands, can be reached only by expensive Rights. Such isolated places teem with wildlife and offer some incredible adventures, which can be enjoyed while staying at lodges or farmhouse style B&Bs, or roughing it in cargo like lodging.

Falklanders often welcome strangers for 'Smoko,' the traditional midmorning tea or coffee break, or for a drink. Bringing along a small gift (rum is a favorite) is a warmly welcomed way to thank the people for their hospitality.

Falklands War
Stanley
East Falkland
West Falkland

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