The cold wind getting under your skin while you’re on board of the Navimag ship that will take you through thousands of wild and isolated islands in the Chonos archipelago alongside the southern shores of Chile, where you will be able to see some whales, dolphins, and the icebergs that are far away. The best thing about this journey is that it’s not as expensive as you may think, this four-day voyage is actually one of the cheapest.
The first thing you have to know is that this isn’t a normal cruise because it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the journey abroad from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales was dominated by truck drivers who didn’t want to go on the dubious routes in the south. However, a few adventurous travelers took the opportunity and they were allowed to see a glimpse of what’s considered to be one of the planet’s least explored areas. Now you will be going on this journey, living this once in a lifetime experience and exploring the whole route on your way to trekking in the Torres del Paine national park.
Sailing in the beautiful glimmering evening light, the ship leaves behind the colorful houses that made up Puerto Montt and drifts through the Ancud Gulf past Chiloé Island. The extraordinary shapes of two snow-capped volcanoes that give life to the flat horizon on the mainland.
The deeper and deeper you get in the south, the wilder the sceneries get; therefore, you will feel like you’re getting into an astonishing unknown territory. When you less expect it, it will be time for you to feel the greatest excitement of your life because at this moment the ship seems to be going through some channels that aren’t navigable, but they are; and the best is always reserved at last. After this part of your journey, you will be crossing the Golfo de Penas (Gulf of Briefs). The mystery of these waters will surround you while you’re hearing the tales of some traveler’s experiences in the past.
Once your journey is getting to an end, during the last night on board, you will be part of a disco night. The dusk sky and the unique energy that the Patagonia possesses will be your company for the night, while you’re drinking some Gato Negro wine and listening or dancing to ABBA’s songs.
Early in the morning, the captain will take you to the slim English Narrows where you will be able to see the teeny-tiny roofs of Puerto Natales as you’re getting close to the bank, here’s where your journey ends.
What does this ship offer?
You will find good accommodation inside of the Navimag ship so you can sleep comfortably, three meals a day are also offered, in that way you don’t have to worry about food; and one of the best parts is that you can bring aboard all the Chilean wine that your backpack can carry.
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