We have arrived at the capital of the Falkland Islands, also known as Port Stanley. This quaint city is home to a small population; when our ship arrived the island’s population doubled! But, we were very lucky to make this stop. A few times a year ships have missed this port due to weather. We were told the day before we had a 50/50 chance! Luckily we made it because this turned out to be one of our most enjoyable stops!
We started by taking a quick shuttle that brought us to our convoy of Land Rover Defenders. With no marked trails we headed to Bluff Cove Lagoon over some fun and bumpy terrain.
As soon as we got there we could see the Gentoo penguins; huddled up in little colonies. You were able to get pretty close. We got to spend a good amount of time taking pictures and watching these guys do there thing. They were pretty active and mischievous stealing each other’s rocks, sticks and chasing one another around.
As we explored some of the other groups we found King penguins tucked in the middle. And quite a few had chicks! Which was a complete surprise!
After lots of pics we headed to the Sea Cabbage Café for high noon tea. This charming place is ran by the family that also owns the cove and by far had some of the best scones we have ever had!
After a few move pictures we loaded up into the conveys and worked our way back into town. There were a few restaurants, shops, a museum and church to check out. Growing up in New England it reminded me a bit of Maine and being back home.
After a short tour it was time to head back to the ship. We didn’t get to stay in the port as long as usual due to the gusty winds! But we were extremely happy we got to visit this gem! If you book a South American cruise I would look for this port and be sure to book an excursion. It was well worth it.
Next stop is the last of the penguins as we head to Puerto Madryn.