Navimag Tour

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

We jumped on the Navimag ferry and headed south. A three day journey to Puerto Natalas was the goal. After our hostel owner told us the boat never leaves on time and we may be around for a few more days, paul and i were stoked when we actully set sail.... on time!!!! Luckily, because their isnīt a lot goin on down there in old Puerto Montt.
We made ourselves at home in our little four bed dorm and met our room mates. Sam from England and Francis from Hong Kong. Slowly we met the rest of the boat load of tourists and actually ran into a girl from back in Canberra that i know!!!
Sometime to get adjusted to a few little waves and then it was time for the opening to the ocean. Rock and roll we did, and bit by bit more and more people dropped off from the dining room appearences.
We cruised through the channels of southern Chile with Islands on one side and sheer rock faced mountains on the other. An eery fog was around most of the time. Just to give us a little more unique experience i think haha. It was amazing when after two days we finally turned a bend and pulled up to a little village nestled on the shore and hills. Puerto Eden. We were supposed to get off here but due to the bad weather when we hit the open ocean we had to turn around and drop anchor in a quite channel for about 6 hours. Instead we dropped off two French guys who were going to kayak the rest of the way. Crazy fellas.
So we continued on and passed through channels less than 80 mts wide. A nice squeeze. Past a few glaciers that lead to the waters edge and some winds of up to 130km were to welcome us to our last morning on the boat.
Then we saw it. Puerto Natalas. A flat town on the edge of the waters edge, and not much else. But due to the strong winds we actually had to do laps of the bay until we were allowed to pull up and dock when the winds subsided.
That was it. Three days of beautiful scenery, lots of laughs on board and a new bunch of friends was formed. Welcome to southern Chile!
On to climb Torres Del Paine and then see Morena Glacier in El Calafate.
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