Navimag is not a cruise, but a ferry, that is to say, a transport vessel of goods and passengers. Although we could say that is a hostel that navigates across Patagonia.
This service is designed for people who are not looking for luxuries, but rather an authentic journey. For slow travelers and backpackers who want to enjoy the romanticism of traveling in a vessel from the 70's, worthy of the memorable filmed voyages of Jacques Cousteau, and who wish to live the adventure at the end of the world including inclement weather, the disconnection and relaxation that only a remote area can offer, no phone signal, while contemplating the majestic beauty of the Patagonian fjords in southern Chile, some of them untouched areas.
High season departures from Puerto Natales: every Tuesday.
Check in and sailing – Puerto Natales:
The check-in is done from 9 AM to 6 PM (day prior to departure) in our offices located on Ave. España 1455, office #2 – Rodoviario, Puerto Natales, where our port staff will receive your luggage and guide you in loading your vehicle if you are travelling in one. Passengers embark at 9 PM (day prior to departure). Once onboard, crew members will give a welcoming talk with some information for a safe and fun trip.
Day 1: Angostura White and Santa María Channel
Anchor will be weighed at 6 AM and we start our journey through the Patagonian fjords, with final destination at the city of Puerto Montt. We enter the Unión Sound to navigate through the narrowest part of the route, only 80 m wide, called “White Narrows”, to later sail through the Santa María channel.
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 at the town of Puerto Edén*, where the last population of native Alacalufes live. Puerto Edén is located on Wellington Island, one of the largest islands in Chile that forms part of Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. After a short stay in this port, we continue our journey towards the 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 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 with the information on the tidal currents in the channels and the positions of celestial bodies like the moon and the sun, he will decide the most appropriate route to continue the journey with the following options to leave the open Ocean Area: Pulluche Channel, Ninualac Channel, 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 enter the Chacabuco Channel, and then 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 Archipiélago 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 comes to an end.
The dates and times are estimated and must be confirmed within 48 hours prior to the departure time indicated in this document.
Disembarking in Puerto Edén and the trip through the channels is done only if the weather, ocean conditions, and itinerary permit, always at the Captain’s discretion.
October 2019 - March 2020
Quadruple or Shared
BB Bunk Bed
CC Bunk Bed
C Bunk Bed
BB Bunk Bed
CC Bunk Bed
C Bunk Bed
Starting rates per person in american dollars (USD). Rates and itineraries are subject to change without notice.
Rates do not include port fee: US$10 per person.
Rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Store purchases, purchases at the coffee shop and gratuities are not included.
All cabins includes private bathroom.