Puerto Hoppner offers hiking and climbing as its principle activities, and local wildlife – particularly birds – as alternative attractions.
After exploring this area, the weather presented the right opportunity for the passage out to the Falkland Islands. Such opportunities are not to be passed up, and Puerto Hoppner was to become the last anchorage Kiwi Roa visited in Patagonia.
Puerto Hoppner, Staten Island
The west side of the harbor can be climbed to prominent views from the ridgeline at the top.
The boat is nestled securely in the little makeshift harbor. South, the bulk of the island runs east to west.
North, the South Atlantic. The rocks at the passage to the harbor are visible far below.
On high, birds of prey such as this carancho are masters.
Caranchos, or Southern Crested Caracaras, vary slightly in appearance, with these southern birds a little larger than their northern kin.
There’s no mistaking them for anything other than a bird of prey though.
Back down at water level, this night heron is going fishing, or possibly he will settle for the odd stray insect.
The sunshine never lasts forever in this region of the world.
Although fog and rain smothers Staten Island, the weather is correct for the passage to the Falkland Islands, and Patagonia is left behind once and for all.