Navimag Ferry / Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt
5 days / 4 nights Code: NAV001
Navimag will take you through the entire length of Patagonia. Sailing through channels and fjords, you will be amazed by the the beauty of the virgin forests of the extreme south and the unbelievable species of sea.
Check-in: from 09:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm . Every MONDAY (before departure day).
Boarding time: 9:00 pm every MONDAY (before departure day).
Sailing time: 06:00 am every TUESDAY
DAY 1 – PUERTO NATALES – ANGOSTURA WHITE
The check-in is done from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm (day prior to departure) in Navimag offices located on Ave. España 1455, office #2 – Rodoviario, Puerto Natales, where the port staff will receive your luggage and guide you. Passengers embark at 9:00 pm. Once onboard, crewmembers will give a welcoming talk with some information for a safe and fun trip. Anchor will be weighed at 6:00 am and we will start our journey through the Patagonian fjords, with final destination to the city of Puerto Montt.
We will enter the Unión Sound to navigate through the narrowest part of the route, only 80 meters wide, called “White Narrows”. After we will sail through the Santa María Channel.
We have just started a great adventure!
DAY 2 – PUERTO EDÉN – BAJO COTOPAXI
We sail through the Patagonian Channel, Morla Vicuña, Escobar Doxrud Pass, Sóbenes Pass (the southernmost of the route), Unión Channel, Collingwood Narrows, Farquar Pass, Sarmiento Channel, Guía Narrows, Los Inocentes, Concepción, and Wide channels, Paso del Abismo, and Paso del Indio to arrive in the town of Puerto Edén, where you will find the last of the native Alacalufes people. Puerto Edén is located on Wellington Island, one of the largest islands in Chile that forms part of the Bernardo O´Higgins National Park.
After a short stay in this port, we continue our journey towards north going through the English Narrows, a narrow pass that allows the passage of only one ship at a time. We continue through the Messier Channel, where we will see the cargo ship Capitán Leonidas, shipwrecked since the 1970’s on a half-sunken islet called “Bajo Cotopaxi”. The wreck is currently used as a navigation lighthouse and point of reference for sailors.
DAY 3 – GOLFO DE PENAS- OCEAN AREA – MORALEDA CHANNEL
At sunset, we will start the ocean navigation in the area of the Penas Gulf, an approximate 12-hour crossing, where it is possible to see humpback, Minke, and blue whales, (depending on the time of year and climate).
At dawn, the Captain will assess the weather information received, and decide the most appropriate route to continue the journey:
1.- Pulluche Channel
2.- Ninualac Channel
3.- Boca de Guafo.
There is also the possibility of accessing other channels depending on the visibility and the traffic of other ships.
If he chooses the Pulluche Channel, the most lush in vegetation (Southern Beech and Patagonian cypress forests), with luck, we will see marine birds, sea lions and native dolphins called “Toninas”. We will enter the Chacabuco Channel, then, we will sail through the Errázuriz Channel, and finally sail through the Moraleda Channel, a transit spot for notable sailors and canoeists from the Chonos and Chiloé archipelagos.
If the choice is through the Ninualac Channel, we will reach the area around Isla Tuap, later entering the Moraleda Channel.
Finally, if the option is to continue in the open sea through the Boca del Guafo, we will sail amongst the Chonos Archipelago to continue our route towards Puerto Montt.
DAY 4 – PUERTO MONTT
Continuing our journey north, we sail through the Gulf of Corvocado, then through the Apiao Channel, Ancud Gulf, and Reloncaví Sound, arriving at Puerto Montt in the morning, the city where this great adventure ends.
- Geology and Volcanoes