Before my South America cruise, I’d never heard of the Falkland Islands — a remote group of 700+ islands off the tip of South America — but a day exploring Stanley, the capital on the largest island, was really fun.
The cruise ship anchored offshore and we took a tender to the largest island — East Falkland, where Stanley is located.
When we landed, we hopped on a bus for a two-hour island tour. We learned during the day that control of the Falklands was the cause of a 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom (they both claimed it belonged to them), and that some live land mines were still there. Yikes!
It was a quaint, old-fashioned little island, with red phone booths and colorful houses.
We also walked through the Historic Dockyard and Museum (I’m not a big history or museum buff, but the museum was very interesting!)
Of course, we went shopping, too. Boy, do they sell a lot of penguin souvenirs! That’s because they have a number of penguin rookeries filled with various types of penguins. (We’d already seen penguins at another stop, so we didn’t see the ones here.) But they had a wide variety of wacky penguin hats!
Exploring the Falkland Islands was definitely an interesting and fun adventure!