Mention of The Falkland Islands will likely elicit one of a few responses: where, why, the war, are they British or Argentinian, love penguins – or perhaps a mixture of all of the above. To most people though, they aren’t somewhere you would really plan to visit or spend your vacations, and I’ll admit I used to fall into that category.
Having spent two weeks exploring the archipelago of some 700 odd islands, of which I saw less than a handful, I can now see the real unique appeal in them. Wild, rugged and undisturbed nature is the main draw, but there are plenty of reasons to visit the Falkland Islands, and luckily it’s just got a lot easier and somewhat more affordable.
1. New flight routes from Brazil (and Chile)
This is rather recent and exciting news, with the new LATAM flights from São Paulo, Brazil, only launching in November 2019. This new weekly flight route will make the islands both more accessible and more affordable to visit, especially if you are already travelling around South America. This alone is the most persuasive argument for adding the Falkland Islands on to your South America trip. Another flight on Chilean LAN (now part of LATAM) already runs weekly from Santiago.
But even if you are planning to visit the Falkland Islands from further afield, this has a huge impact. Previously, from the UK, the only option was to fly the rather long, annoying to arrange and expensive route with the RAF from an army base in Oxford. Now, with the right connections to São Paulo with LATAM, it’s a lot easier. Advertised ‘from’ prices indicate return fares of £1005 from London, £1332 from Sydney, and Miami from £867 – still not the cheapest, but a considerable price drop from the previous options. Of course, for the really intrepid (and with a few more quid to spare) you can still opt to visit the Falkland Islands as a stop on a cruise to South Georgia and Antarctica.