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Estancia Excursions

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About Estancia Excursions
Wildlife & Battlefield Tours in the Falkland Islands for Land Based visitors & Cruise Passengers. Destinations include Volunteer Point, Cape Dolphin, Cape Bougainville, & Stanley Mountains, Goose Green/Darwin and San Carlos.
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greendale_mike wrote a review Feb 2021
Liverpool11 contributions15 helpful votes
This is my second review for this company, the first was to praise them for the handling of a cancellation, this one is to review the trip. February 2019 - a year later than our original booking that was cancelled by us due to a medical emergency. We had enjoyed two spectacular days in Antarctica, bright sunshine and incredible wildlife displays, so the bar was high, very high. We adhered to the advice to get an early tender and we’re quickly ashore. We were met by Terence our guide, driver and font of all knowledge. We set off in a remarkably comfortable Land Rover with another couple, this was the entire party. Terence rotated who was in the front passenger seat. The first part of the journey was on empty tarmac roads and I thought the estimated journey time was exaggerated. Then came the off-road. Terence drove with exceptional skill while maintaining a constant narration about what we were seeing, the history of the Falklands and fauna & flora; absolutely fascinating. Then came the penguins. The penguin site is directly on the coast so take a warm wind proof coat. Terence advised us to go towards the water and wait on the beach for the penguins to come to us, fantastic advice. They waddled towards us, past us and between us. Everybody was getting ‘Attenborough pictures.’ There is something very special about seeing animals in their natural habitat and it is a unique & unforgettable experience. We spent some time near ‘the circle’ observing chics etc. Just stunning. Lunch followed, someone has a keen sense of humour that was lost on the Americans who we spoke to afterwards. The journey back was as exhilarating as the outward one and completed with a short sightseeing tour of Stanley. We have been on a lot of cruises and been on a lot of excursions usually independent of the cruise companies. If we had the chance to relive only one of them it would be this. The organisation of Nyree was superb, but it was the skill, wit and knowledge of Terence that will stay with us. It was an absolutely unforgettable day, quite simply the best.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Simon G wrote a review Mar 2020
Broad Oak, United Kingdom343 contributions235 helpful votes
As cruise ship passengers, we took this tour to see the penguins at volunteer point with Estancia- it was half the cost of the ship’s own tour to the point. It was pretty much a full day trip and was one of the best day trips I have ever been on. It took around 2 hours to get to Volunteer Point from Port Stanley in a land rover carrying 4 of us. The first half was on roads and then the second half off road largely across peat. Yes it was very bumpy, but it wAs also great fun. Our driver was the Dad of the lady who runs the business and he was really knowledgeable about the Falklands having lived there all his life. Nothing could prepare us for how wonderful the Volunteer Point nature reserve was. The stars of the show are the King Penguins. There are around 3000 couples at the point and they are just stunning. It was a real privilege to be part of their lives for a couple of hours. We split our time between the beach watching small groups of penguins enter the sea and the rookery. They largely seemed to be oblivious to us being there. The two hours whizzed by and at the end we were provided with a pack lunch (sandwich, crisps, penguin bar!) before returning to Stanley. A tour of Stanley at the end in the Land Rover was included. I can’t recommend this trip enough. Others on our cruise went up other destinations, but this seemed to be the best for seeing large numbers of penguins
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Estancia-Excursions, Owner at Estancia Excursions
Responded Apr 1, 2020
Wow, thank you very much for a fantastic review. Volunteer Point is indeed the best penguin tour (in my opinion). I'm very pleased to hear that you had a great day!
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Dan wrote a review Mar 2020
27 contributions6 helpful votes
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We had an amazing experience at Volunteer Point with Estancia. Booking was very easy through FB Messenger with regular follow-up and confirmation. Our driver, Ken, went above and beyond to make our day as special as it was. We were very fortunate with great weather and will definitely book with Estancia Excursions again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Estancia-Excursions, Owner at Estancia Excursions
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day. Thanks for booking.
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LazyDays4Us wrote a review Mar 2020
Noosa, Australia329 contributions245 helpful votes
We were really excited about this shore excursion. I booked it over 12 months ago (Nyree - super professional & responsive). Our guide was the divine Mrs Tara. We shared with 2 others from the cruise (and we all had an absolute hoot!) 1 hour of decent tarred & gravel road, then 1 hour of back breaking, dipping & slipping across grassy disguised pot-holed tracks. Such skillfil driving & manouvering by our Tara. The King Penguins were ready to show off, such characters. We saw mums and dads, babies, eggs. We saw two girls slapping a boy around with their flippers, vying for his attention. Home to King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Flat & Easy to wander around - don't rush, take your time, be respectful. The penguins have right of way. Stand still and let them approach you. Go down to the beach to watch them swim and catch fish. Absolutely loved the Kings, their showiness, the interaction, their dance moves and their chatter. Heaps of time to soak it up. Boxed lunch & thank you goodies too. On the way back, look for the Stone Runs (unusual rock formations) and a quick stop at Boot Hill (where people leave a shoe/boot behind so they will return to the island). Tara showed us around town, and dropped us off in town to explore Christ Church Cathedral, whale bone arch, whale bone display in someone's yard, memorial to the Falkland War fallen, buy some souveniers and a jar of Diddle-Dee Jam!! Tara was an exceptional guide, one of the best people-person person we have ever been with and we loved our time with her. 10/10 for Team Estancia Excursions. BRILLIANT!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Estancia-Excursions, Owner at Estancia Excursions
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Thank you for such a great review. :)
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hd1352 wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois50 contributions54 helpful votes
We had the best day with Estancia Excursions visiting Volunteer Point. Our guide was easy to find at the port and we immediately set out. The ride was great, some on roads and then quite a bit off road. The whole time our guide shared with us about living in the Falklands, what we should expect, her family& friends. She was happy to answer questions and made the time fly by. The penguin color was amazing. One of the greatest experiences ever. We had a couple of f hours to explore and take pictures and that we did. There were all ages of king penguins (eggs, babies, adolescents, and adults. Watching them enter the water was so entertaining. Just the best day!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Responded Mar 16, 2020
Thank you for booking with Estancia Excursions!
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