Patagonia

Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales Cruise - ESPERANZA FERRY

4 days | 3 nights
Shared tour
From 670USD per person
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Cruise Description

This 4-day 3-night cruise onboard Esperanza, the brand new ferry from Navimag, along the rugged coastline of Chile connects slow travelers, backpackers, and anyone with a flexible schedule between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales.

The route is serviced by a fleet of cargo ships that date back to the 70s and doubles as passenger ferries for a no-frills, alternative journey. Free of WiFi and phone signals, you're encouraged to disconnect in order to connect with your natural surroundings, as well as with fellow travelers over board games and conversation for an authentic experience. 

The ferry offers a welcoming, hostel-like setting, and you have the privilege of selecting from shared or private cabins for your journey.

Spend your afternoons on deck contemplating the beauty of the Patagonian fjords as you pass dramatic glaciers and snow-capped volcanoes while navigating the Gulf of Sorrow, and experience the quaint atmosphere of Puerto Eden as you dock briefly to explore this remote settlement set in the pristine Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.

Traverse English Narrows, and watch dolphins and seals at play in their natural habitat from the ferry.

Though a plane can certainly transport you to the heart of Patagonia much faster, jet setters miss out on the natural grandeur of the Patagonian fjords on this 4-day ferry cruise.

Destinations

Patagonia

Trip at a glance

Visits

SOUTHERN ICE FIELD: Puerto Mont, Fjords, Moraleda Channel, Peñas' Gulf, Messier Channel, Puerto Natales

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Departure from Puerto Montt

Morning

Check-in from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Navimag offices located at the hotel Holiday Inn in Puerto Montt.

 

Afternoon

Embark at 2:00 pm onboard Esperanza ferry and load your vehicle if you are traveling with one.

Once onboard, crew members will give a welcome talk and share additional information for a safe and fun journey. Departing at 4:00 pm and sailing through the Patagonian Fjords, with final destination Puerto Natales.

The adventure begins in the Reloncaví Sound, Gulf of Ancud.

Evening

In the evening we enter the Apiao Channel and then the Gulf of Corcovado.

Overnight onboard.

MEALS
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 Moraleda Channel, Ocean Area, Penas Gulf

Morning

At dawn, we sail through the southernmost part of the Gulf of Corcovado. According to the weather, tidal current information of the channels and the positions of celestial bodies such as the Moon and Sun, the most appropriate route will be decided by your Captain.

To continue 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 decided 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.

Afternoon

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 decides 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”.

Evening

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 it is possible to observe humpback, minke, and blue whales.

Overnight onboard.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 Bajo Cotopaxi, Edén Port

Morning

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 you 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.

Afternoon

After a short stay in this port (only for residents embarkation purposes) 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.

Evening

Overnight onboard.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 Angostura White, Puerto Natales

Morning

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.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

Map

Video

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights onboard Esperanza Ferry

Meals

Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 3 dinners

Transportation

Cruise
Esperanza Ferry

What's not included

  • Entrance Fees to National Parks
  • Port tax
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

When traveling to Patagonia, we recommend you bring:

  • a warm and waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex)
  • a pair of gloves
  • a wool hat, a scarf
  • quality sunglasses
  • sunblock
  • a daily backpack
  • hiking/walking waterproof shoes
  • binoculars
  • a medical kit
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