Navimag Ferry Puerto Montt Puerto Natales

To get from Puerto Montt in Chile’s northern lake district to Torres Del Paine in the Southern Patagonias, we set sail on the Navimag Ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales. On this 3 day journey, we played a giant chess board out in high seas, saw packs of albatross & dolphins racing by our ship & enjoyed drinks accompanied by prehistoric ice. We hope this photo blog gives you a feel for this remarkable Patagonias ferry trip!

Joshua at Sea (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joshua at Sea (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Vasilisa at Sea (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vasilisa at Sea (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

The ferry trip was a real roller coaster ride – heavy rains, strong winds, and big waves out at sea. No sea sickness for me though (of course I took the pills!). My three favorite parts of the trip were: #1 – The Food – good, institutional-type meals, with as much as anyone could want or need; #2 – The lectures – informative, interesting & full of great photos – plus the lecture guy was hysterically excited about all of the subjects; #3 – the beautiful scenery – with beautiful views of the surrounding Patagonia mountain ranges along with plenty of birds & other sea life.
First ferry trip in my life! It was fantastic, I was very excited and we got extremely lucky. Due to the weather delay we got one extra day on the ferry – that came out to one more night, food and more things to see. Also instead of the cheap cabin without a window with four people in it, we some how got upgraded to nice room where we were the only ones with a pretty good window view. The first day was very windy and the ship was jumping on the waves up and down – I could hardly stand on the deck and it was impossible to walk straight.

Albatross (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Albatross (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Dolphins Racing Our Boat (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Dolphins Racing Our Boat (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

This photo doesn’t really do justice to this bird. It is amazing though –with a wing span of around 10 feet, it seems to float along weightlessly in the air. And we learned that they fly for such long periods that they can actually sleep while flying, shutting off one hemisphere of the brain at a time. I wish I could have pulled that off in College lecture classes – or wait, maybe I did!
There was so much to see – the captain and crew were constantly informing us of things to look at throughout the trip. This time it was dolphins – there were about 15 of them jumping out the water! They jumped very high, all together and followed us for a while – beautiful, beautiful creatures.

Cargo & View of The Patagonias (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Cargo & View of The Patagonias (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Sunrise View of The Iceberg (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Sunrise View of The Iceberg (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

 
 
 
 
 
The ferry went through channels, islands and Icebergs. We could stop to take pictures here and there. On the third day early, early in the morning we reached an iceberg.

Venturing out For Ice (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Venturing out For Ice (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Closeup of The Iceberg (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Closeup of The Iceberg (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

This shot would be ten times better if the sky weren’t filled with clouds. But still, this was my first sight of an Iceberg (a really big one), so I was extremely excited (I probably took over 100 near-identical pictures!). Though in retrospect, after seeing countless glaciers in Torres Del Paine & Perito Moreno Glacier, this glacier is pretty weak in comparison.
We couldn´t reach the iceberg in the ferry but the crew got some ice from it using their small orange boat.

Returning with Iceberg Treasure For Cold Drinks (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Returning with Iceberg Treasure For Cold Drinks (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Boat Worker (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Boat Worker (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

The crew gathered ice straight off the iceberg for us to use in our drinks. And when they weren’t looking, I stole a bunch of it to use as a refrigerator for the big bottle of beer I had in our room!
Everyone was waiting to see what the crew got for us. Everyone wanted to see the ice from the iceberg – we all depended on the boat worker who was in charge of taking the small orange boat back on board.

Vasilisa The Bingo Champion with Prizes (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Vasilisa The Bingo Champion with Prizes (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Vasilisa & The Giant Chessboard (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Vasilisa & The Giant Chessboard (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Vasilisa upset a lot of people on Bingo night buy dominating the competition. She won both the competition for best player & the competition for worst player, cleaning out all of the prizes on the ship! We took home Navimag hat, a bottle of expensive Chilean wine & a bottle of Ballantine’s Chilean whiskey!
In between watching the dolphins and birds we played chess on the deck and enjoyed the scenery.

Farewell Navimag (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

Farewell Navimag (Navimag Boat Trip, Chile)

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