Port Stanley

Oct 28, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

We spent a quiet night sailing along the northern coastline of the Falkland Islands. As we settled down to our breakfast, the National Geographic Explorer was coming alongside the floating dock near Port Stanley, the capital of the islands. Today there are a number of options for us to be able to take advantage of our visit to this remote part of the planet.

The Stanley Highlights tour is an opportunity to get a good overview of the city passing by the Lady Elizabeth wreck, then along to the small airport, and then into town passing the “Totem Pole.” Once in the urban area we visited the governor’s house, the hospital, the schools, the war memorials, and ending at the wonderful museum. Our guides also gave us a lot of information about the history of the islands, their lifestyle, and about the conflict.

Many of us also opted to take a wander in town for a meal, a drink, and of course to make some purchases in the little shops.

Visit to Long Island Farm: this farm still maintains many of the traditions such as cutting and burning peat. There are also sheepdog demonstrations, sheep shearing, and saddling a horse with a “recado,” the saddle used by the gauchos.

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Edward Shaw


Edward Shaw has travelled widely as a naturalist and guide. For the past 29 years he has lived with his family in northwestern Patagonia, initially working as a teacher and subsequently working in community projects before returning to expedition ships. Edward is deeply committed to the principles behind sustainable development. He is happily married and the father of five children.

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Gianluca Colla

National Geographic Photographer

Gianluca Colla has traveled and photographed around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa’s deserts and from the Amazon to the streets of London. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

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