Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted

Black Brows and Long Whiskers (12 days)

Ladatco Tours

Miami, FL, United States To Miami, FL, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Miami, FL United States
None None

Depart Miami: Evening departure for overnight flight south to Chile.

Day 2
Santiago, Chile
Singular Santiago Breakfast

Arrive Santiago: Morning arrival and meeting and transfer to the Singular Santiago. Afternoon visit to the main points of interest in Santiago including the Pre-Columbian Museum and a drive up Cerro San Cristobal for a bird's-eye panoramic view of the city.

Day 3
Santiago, Chile
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Sea Lion Island Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santiago - Falkland Islands: Early morning pickup at your hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight via Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands. Upon arrival at Mount Pleasant Airport on East Falkland Island, meeting & assistance with obtaining the local FIGAS flight.

GETTING AROUND THE ISLANDS: FIGAS (Falkland Island Government Air Service) is the way to get around. FIGAS flies Islander aircraft - twin engine 9-seater aircraft with wings above the windows for excellent viewing at an average altitude of 500-1000 feet. There are weight restrictions of only 14 kilos (28 pounds) of luggage. If you are over that it may be left behind. You will also be weighed and seats in the aircraft will be assigned based on weight distribution.

NOTE: Excess luggage over the 1 kilos can be stores with your Mount Pleasant hosts until you return to Stanley.

Flight schedules & passengers' names are announced on the radio following the news report. Generally the hotel or lodge where you are staying will be paying attention to the flight announcements as it is their responsibility not only to pick you up or take you to the airstrip, but also to act as airstrip managers.

Mount Pleasant - Sea Lion Island: Travel by FIGAS from Mount Pleasant to Sea Lion Island where your host will meet you at the airstrip for the short ride to Sea Lion Island Lodge. Once settled, you will enjoy a visit of the island. (B/L/D)

ABOUT SEA LION ISLAND: Sea Lion is the most isolated of the Falkland's inhabited islands & boasts a resident population of only two persons but more than forty species of birds, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions. Measuring 1 x 5 miles, it is a flat island with spectacular beaches & rocky coastline. Over 40 species of birds visit & nest on the island including one of the rarest birds of prey on earth, the Striated Caracara, 4 species of penguins including Gentoos, Rockhoppers, Magellanic and occasionally the Macaroni; the beaches are frequented by a variety of ducks, marine birds, and several varieties of seals & sea lions. The beaches are patrolled by Orca killer whales.

ABOUT SEA LION LODGE: Sea Lion Lodge is the only "purpose-built" lodge in the Falklands. Built in 1986, it's one of the world's most southerly hotels & one of the most remote. There is a comfortable lounge-TV room with library of reference books, magazines & videos; a well-stocked bar-lounge & a dining room.

Day 4
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Sea Lion Island Lodge Lunch, Dinner

Sea Lion Island: Today you will have plenty of time to explore the beaches or the inland lagoon for wildlife viewing.

Day 5
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Pebble Island Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sea Lion Island - Pebble island: At the appropriate time your local host will take you back to the air strip to catch your FIGAS flight to Pebble Island. Upon landing at Pebble Island airstrip, you'll be met by your local hosts from the Pebble Island Lodge and transferred to the lodge. In the afternoon enjoy an introductory tour of the island with your local hosts.

ABOUT PEBBLE ISLAND: Pebble Island is 25 miles long with large expanses of marshland and inland fresh water ponds with some of the best conditions to view a great variety of fauna. Wild duck, grebe and black-necked swans are easily viewed. Colonies of southern sea lions are often seen along the beaches and rocky coast, as are four types of penguins: Gentoo, Magellanic, Rockhopper and in summer the Macaroni. The island has long sandy beaches, well suited to beach combing. The island is named for the semi-precious stones which are found along its coast - you can walk from one cove to another turning over pebbles, occasionally finding yellow or red stones polished by the endless action of the waves. Just a short walk from the hotel is Elephant Bay, one of the longest white sand beaches in the Islands, which serves as the airstrip during winter.

ABOUT PEBBLE ISLAND HOTEL: The hotel is situated in the settlement of the 22,000 acre farm and was originally the farm manager's house. It has been totally renovated and has 6 twin rooms and 1 single room, each with private bath. There is a large living room with peat burning fireplace and well stocked honesty bar. There is a dining room with meals featuring the fresh produce grown in their own gardens. There is also a gift-shop table with small collection of hats, t-shirts, sweat shirts and other souvenirs.

Day 6
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Pebble Island Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pebble Island: Today you will explore this island and it's wildlife. You may also have time to walk to Elephant Bay or explore the small community.

Day 7
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Managers House on Caracass Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pebble Island - Carcass Island: At the appropriate time your local host will transfer you to the airstrip for your flight on FIGAS to Carcass Island. Upon landing, meeting by your local hosts and transfer to the Managers House, your accommodations for the next two nights. (B/L/D)

ABOUT CARCASS ISLAND: Lying to the northwest of the Falklands archipelago, this is one of the most picturesque outer-lying islands. It is named after the sloop HMS Carcass that arrived in 1766 with the fleet sent to establish the first British settlement at Port Egmont. In its 100+ years of habitation this island has had only three owners, all environmentally conscious, and an absence of cats and rats, making the luxuriant, well-established hedges and trees an attractive home to many small birds such as the Cobb’s wren, Black-chinned siskins and Falklands thrush. The sandy beaches, rolling hills and low cliffs are superb platforms from which to view the multitude of sea and shore birds that either breed or feed on and around Carcass Island. These include gentoo and Magellanic penguins, yellow-billed pintail and flightless steamer ducks, Magellanic oysetcatchers, striated caracara and red-backed hawk.

Both the north and south of the island provide great hiking opportunities, taking in interesting flora, beaches (some good beachcombing), penguin colonies and sheltered dunes which make great picnic spots.

This destination gives you the opportunity to explore completely at your own leisure, as there are no guided excursions on this small island.

ABOUT THE MANAGERS HOUSE ON CARCASS ISLAND: The Managers House can accommodate up to 8 persons total in one double and three twin bedded rooms all of which have en suite bathroom facilities. From here you will also be able to enjoy the settlement gardens which have almost a tropical feel with their Monterey cypress trees, New Zealand cabbage palms and flax and colourful array of flowers. The island is self-sufficient in organic vegetables, meat and dairy products, all of which you will be able to sample as it is prepared into typical Falkalnds "camp style" fare. There is also an honesty bar and tea/coffee making facilities

Day 8
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Managers House on Carcass Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Carcass Island: A full day excursion by boat to nearby West Point Island provides the opportunity to see amazing colonies of black-browed albatross and rockhoppers. The motorlaunch takes about one hour each way. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to visit the feeding grounds and view the stunning cliffs of West Point, including the Devil's Nose,. Whale and dolphin spotting are also possible.

Day 9
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Waterfront Boutique Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Carcass - Stanley: Morning return flight back to the Stanley airport. You'll be met upon arrival and depart immediately to Volunteer Point which boasts the largest accessible colony of King Penguins in the islands as well as Gentoo and Magellanic penguins in burrows all along the area. Today is the epitome of travel in Camp. The first 30 miles are over all weather roads, and take about one hour. You'll pass stone runs and Mount Tumbledown. Then the road ends and the next 19 miles are by "track" through the countryside - up and down and along seemingly invisible tracks and along beaches, across streams - two and a half hours of amazing travel. Volunteer Point's King Penguins are stately, almost elegant, with their orange muffs, scarf and lipstick. The brown balls of fluff of varying sizes are the babies, juveniles and teenagers and it's difficult to image how they grow up to be the aristocratic adults. Plenty of time to observe the King Penguins - they are curious fellows and it would not be unusual for them to saunter up to inspect you. There are plenty of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins and other wildlife but today is mostly about the King Penguins and land rover travel in Camp. Box lunch is provided. Return back to Stanley for overnight at the Waterfront Boutique Hotel. (B/Box Lunch)

ABOUT THE WATERFRONT BOUTIQUE HOTEL: The Waterfront Boutique Hotel is a small boutique hotel situated in the heart of Stanley just steps away from local amenities and attractions such as the Christ Church Cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum. The hotel has just undergone major renovation works resulting in individually designed bedroom suites and luxury rooms featuring Hypnos beds, rated as “the best beds in the world”. The hotel's kitchen.café is the perfect place for eating and drinking and where the locals mix with guests in a spirit of convivial ease, with homemade dishes using local ingredients and great value meal. The hotel is known for friendly high quality service with bags of personality.

Day 10
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Santiago, Chile
Singular Santiago Breakfast

Stanley - Mount Pleasant - Santiago: This morning you'll have time to explore this small but charming town at your own pace. The Falkland Islands Museum and the whale-bone arch along with numerous small shops are all an easy walk from the hotel. Mid-afternoon transfer back to Mount Pleasant airport for departure flight on Lan Chile to Santiago. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to your hotel for overnight, the Singular Santiago.

Day 11
Santiago, Chile
Singular Santiago Breakfast

Depart Santiago: Day at leisure to explore at your own pace. You might want to visit the Wine House or the Blue Stone or visit some of the museums, such as La Chascona. Your room is paid for late check-out so no need to rush through the day. Early evening check-out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Day 12
Miami, FL United States
None None

Arrive Miami: Morning arrival in Miami, clear immigrations and customs and proceed to your home city.

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The trip begins in Santiago, Chile with an afternoon tour of the city. The following day fly to the Falkland Islands for an 8-day stay visiting multiple islands, afterward returning to Santiago in the evening with the following day to explore at your leisure before you evening flight home.

About Us

LADATCO Custom Designs South & Central America, the Falkland Islands & Antarctica. Here are 5 reasons to travel with LADATCO:

1) 50+ years of Destination Knowledge & Experience

2) Been There/Done That-We are destination specialists & proud to be on the cutting edge of destination knowledge

3) Custom Designed/Tailored to Fit-Custom Designed is LADATCO's only travel style

4) Before You Go-Customized Pre-Departure Information

5) On the Road-Our partners in Latin America share our commitment for hands-on care & individual attention

At LADATCO, we elevate the Experience of travel...beyond the ordinary...to the level of Pampered Adventure

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:

CANCELLATION FEES - LAND & CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS:

CANCELED BETWEEN FEES PER PERSON

Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.



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By: RBW


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007


Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

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By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy


Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie


Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Quito

By: anonymous


Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott

PERU

By: NANCY S


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

THEY WERE ALWAYS ON TIME AND VERY FRIENDLY AND INFORMED ON HISTORY AND OUR INTINERY. THE DRIVERS WERE EXTREMELY GOOD. THE GUIDES MADE ALL OUR ADVENTURES WELL INFORMED.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan


Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu


Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Peru

By: Doug


Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

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By: jim


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer