Look Out Point

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Stanley, Falkland Islands

Look Out Point Stanley Reviews

Paulianthomas Pauliant…
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Look Out Point Wildlife Have Jun 27, 2011
Look Out Point

The Falkland Islands are abundant with wildlife, but accessing a decent spot to ‘watch’ isn’t always easy. Thankfully, Look Out Point combines a variety of Penguin species in extremely large numbers at a scenic location.

Long golden sands, turquoise waters, the Look Out Point peninsula is very photogenic. The point is the home for around a thousand Penguins, making it the largest colony in the Falkland Islands. From horizon to horizon, little black and white bowling pins cackle and fill the air with a smell of fish and poo. Gentoo Penguins waddle around individually, ducking into their subterranean burrows or sitting on their nests. King Penguins huddle on the beach, and all around the hillside, contemplating the water. The occasional Penguin will burst out of the cold cold sea at high velocity, loose all its grace and waddle across the sand.

I recommend visiting in summer (November), when hundreds of brown ‘baby’ Penguins jostle with their parents for attention. The babies are covered in brown fur to insulate themselves, and often appear larger than their parents thanks to their extra protection. You are not allowed to touch the Penguins, but the inquisitive baby Penguins will run right up to you, follow behind you as you walk around, and generally make for great photos. This is quite the opposite to the usual behaviour of Penguins which can be shy and hide in their burrows or jump in the sea. At one point I sat on the floor for a photo, and a baby Penguin jumped onto my legs to get my attention!

To get to Look Out Point is no easy feat. Getting there on your own is out of the question. Knowledge of the route over rough, boggy, changeable ground and the stream crossing points is required. Specialist 4x4s are a necessity, regular vehicles stand no chance – I would have struggled in a standard Army Land Rover. It is better to use one of the guides that can be arranged from Stanley’s tourist information centre. A guided day trip will set you back around £80 per person. Not cheap, but you will be travelling in comfort in a heavily modified ATV with expert knowledge of the area, instead of being lost, bogged down, frustrated and in a potentially dangerous situation.
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Gentoo sunning himself
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