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Patagonian Fjords Route

Puerto Montt – Puerto Natales Itinerary

 Day 1 – Puerto Montt – Check in and Embarkation

Check-in is carried out from 9:00 am to 13:00 noon in our offices located at Av. Diego Portales 2000 First Floor, Puerto Montt, where our port staff will receive your luggage and guide you in loading your vehicle, if you are travelling in one.  The passengers shall embark at 17:00 hr. Once onboard, crew members will give a welcome talk and some information for a safe and fun journey, to later depart at 20:00 hrs. and sail through the Patagonian Fjords, with final destination at Puerto Natales.

The trip starts in the Reloncaví Sound, Gulf of Ancud, and in the evening we enter the Apiao Channel and then the Gulf of Corcovado. We have started a great adventure.  

 Day 2 – Moraleda Channel – Ocean Area – Golfo de Penas

At dawn we sail through the southernmost part of the Gulf of Corcovado, where the Captain, according to the weather and tidal current information for the channels and the positions of celestial bodies such as the Moon and Sun, shall decide the most appropriate route for continuing the journey, having among others, the following choices for going out into the open ocean:   

1.- Boca del Guafo
2.- Ninualac Channel
3.- Pulluche Channel.-

There is also the possibility of accessing other channels, depending on the visibility conditions and traffic of other ships. 

If he chooses to go into the open sea through the Boca del Guafo, we will immediately sail between the Archipelago de los Chonos and Isla Guafo, to quickly enter the Ocean Area.  If the choice is to go through the Ninualac Channel, sailing all morning through the Moraleda Channel, we will approach Tuap Island, where we will turn towards the West and begin to navigate through the Ninualac Channel, entering the open sea in the afternoon.

On the other hand, if he chooses to sail through the Pulluche Channel, we will pass through the Moraleda channel, a transit area for remarkable sailors and canoeists from the Los Chonos and Chiloé Archipiélagos,  to later sail the Errázuriz Channel and then the  Chacabuco Channel, to later enter the Pulluche Channel – the most lush in vegetation (Lenga or Southern Beech and Patagonian Cypress forests), and with luck, we will see marine bird, sea lions, and  native dolphins called “Toninas”.   

In the evening we will start sailing though the open sea in the area immediately north of the Golfo de Penas, to enter it at night.  The open ocean crossing lasts about 12 hours with good weather and it is possible to see humpback, Minke, and blue whales (depending on the time of year and the weather).

 Day 3 – Bajo Cotopaxi – Puerto Edén

We wake up sailing through the fjords and crossing the Messier Channel with a depth of 1,270 meters, the deepest of the zone; in this channel we will be able to see the cargo ship Capitán Leonidas, which has been shipwrecked since the 1970’s on a sunken islet called “Bajo Cotopaxi”. This ship is presently used as a lighthouse and reference point for sailors. 

Later we will cross the English Narrows, to reach the village of Puerto Edén* where the last indigenous Alacalufes reside. Puerto Edén is located on Wellington Island, which forms part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the largest in Chile.

After a short stay in this port, we start sailing through the Patagonian channels, called   Paso del Indio, Paso del Abismo, the Wide, Concepción, Inocentes Channels,  Guía Narrows, Sarmiento Channel, Farquar Pass, Collingwood Narrows, Unión Channel,  Sobenes Pass (the southernmost of the route), Escobar Doxrud Pass, and Morla Vicuña Channel.

Disembarkation at Puerto Edén is only possible if sea conditions, itinerary and weather permitting.

 Day 4 – White Narrows – Puerto Natales

In the early morning we will sail through the Santa Maria Channel, to then reach the narrowest pass of the route, Angostura White, called “While Narrow”, only 80 meters wide. Later we will navigate across the Unión Sound to then enter the access channel to the city of Puerto Natales, where our great adventure comes to an end.

Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt Itinerary

 Check in and Embarkation – Puerto Natales
The check-in is done from 9 AM to 6:00 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 – Santa María Channel

Anchor will be weighed at 8 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.  

Disembarkation at Puerto Edén are only possible if sea conditions, itinerary and weather permitting.

 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: 

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 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 – Gulf of Ancud – 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. 

NOTE: Under normal circumstances, the activities indicated in the itinerary can be carried out. Without prejudice to the above, Navimag Ferries S.A reserves the right to modify or omit any part of the itinerary without notice, for reasons relating to the welfare and safety of passengers, the preservation of the natural environment, or in the event of extraordinary circumstances, Acts of God, or force majeure. For these same reasons, the departure or arrival times of the ships may be subject to change. We therefore always advise our customers to check with us before their voyage, to confirm the boarding time for their sailing.


Navimag Offices

PUERTO MONTT, CHILE

Av. Diego Portales 2000 Primer Piso
Phone: 56 2 2869 9900 
Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM
and 14:30 PM to 18:30 PM
Saturday from 3 PM to 7 PM

COYHAIQUE, CHILE

Eusebio Lillo 91
Phone: (56-67) 22 33 306
Fax: (56-67) 22 33 386
Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM
and 3 PM to 7 PM
Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM

PUERTO CHACABUCO, CHILE

Terminal de transbordadores
Phone: (56-67) 23 51 111
Fax: (56-67) 23 51 192
Open only during the day and time of shipment.

PUERTO NATALES, CHILE

Ave. España 1455, office #2 – Rodoviario
Phone: 56 2 2869 9903
Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM
and 3 PM to 7 PM

PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE

Lautaro Navarro 1225, First Floor.
Phone: (56-61) 22 00 200
Fax: (56-61) 22 25 804