Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Part-Way Home from Patagonia

A rock-hopper penguin. For me penguins were the highlight of our visit to Patagonia. 
A king penguin. We saw two solitary individuals of this species, which were at the edge of
their normal range.
We took ourselves out of internet contact for our 8 day voyage on the National Geographic Explorer. Our weather was exceptional, and we visited a number of extraordinary wild places in Patagonia. We saw the fjords of Chile in Tierra del Fuego, and we walked up a long stairway to the lighthouse at Cape Horn. We then spent 3 days at the very wild Staten Island, named by the Dutch (who also named the island in New York). Our penguin sightings -- a very close look at a rock-hopper colony, and the two solo king penguins -- were at beautiful bays and craggy shores on this little-visited island.

Last night the ship traveled for 10 hours to the southernmost city in the world: Ushuaia, Argentina. We have now flown to Buenos Aires -- 3 more hours. We are waiting for another plane to return to Atlanta overnight and then on to Detroit.

Needless to say, I'll be posting much more about this amazing trip!


Tina said...

I hope you do write much more about this trip. I love the photos, it’s been fun seeing your updates. #jealous!

Jeanie said...

It's clear I've missed posts here. Love the bird? A puffin? I have to look back at the post - you probably said!

Mae Travels said...

Hi Jeanie,
The puffin is an arctic bird, but convergent adaptation made it look a lot like penguins, which are the southern bird. They are evidently not related. As you say, the captions identified them.