East Falkland still has the Falkland Islands’ best road network, though little beyond town is paved. The best is the Stanley-Mount Pleasant Highway, which links the capital with the airport, continuing to Darwin and Goose Green, but even this is mostly gravel and requires caution.
From Pony’s Pass, about eight miles west of town on this route, the North Camp Road leads to Estancia, where it forks north to Port Louis and Johnson’s Harbour, and west to Teal Inlet, Douglas Station, and Port San Carlos. Rental cars may not be taken off-road.
Several Stanley-based operators offer tours in and around Stanley, and overland on East Falkland by road and off-road. In alphabetical order, they include:
Patrick Watts’s Adventure Falklands (P.O. Box 223, Stanley, tel. 21383, pwatts [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk), which covers Stanley, wildlife sites at Volunteer Point and Cape Bougainville, and 1982 battlefields (Patrick manned the FIBS radio coverage during the 1982 Argentine invasion); Charlene Rowland’s Charley’s Tours (19 Jeremy Moore Ave., tel. 51588, rowland [at] cwimail [dot] fk) for off-road trips to wildlife sites; Tony Smith’s Discovery Falklands (38 Ross Rd., tel. 21027, www.discoveryfalklands.com), which does natural history, historical, and battlefield excursions throughout East Falkland;
Graham France’s Falklands Forays (7 Snake Hill, tel. 21624, france [at] cwimail [dot] fk), which focuses on Stanley and vicinity, including golf and Gypsy Cove; Harbour Excursions (tel. 22260, cheryl [at] beauchenefishing [dot] co [dot] fk) for boat trips around Stanley Harbour, Port William, and Berkeley Sound; and John Birmingham's Top Town Tours (tel. 21443, jay.bee [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk), which also rents bicycles.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition