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Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales 4 day boat cruise

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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Has anybody been on this boat cruise before
How far in advance do you have to book tickets and what happens if your trip is cancelled?

Any other opinions about it would also be great

Thanks

2. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

I was on this boat... The company running the boats is called Navimag (search on google and you will find their website)

I just booked the day before leaving...but I was there in september (not many tourists yet at this moment). I think you can also book online so you can try that.

However I don't really recomment this trip as you spend 3 days on the boat doing nothing... And the views are not so spectacular (3 days same)

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I have been on the Navimag ferry, and I loved it. It's a nice relaxing 4 days where you just hang out and talk with other travellers and drink (though bring your own wine on board - the bar is both expensive and not available 24 hours).

Of course, I like boats and had good weather.

I did the 4 day trip along the coast islands of Chile to Puerto Natales in Patagonia. The coast of Chile can best be compared to the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Oregon, Washington). Lots of mountainous islands covered with evergreens and waterfalls. We sailed for 4 days through the fjords and channels, only spending 8 hours in the open ocean. Though I didn't see killer whales or dolphins (both which occasionally make appearances along side the boat), I did see a number of sea lions both sunning themselves on rocks (when the sun made a rare appearance) or splashing through the ocean.

The Navimag ferry is also called the "gringo boat," due to the large number of backpackers which take the ferry down to Pto. Natales and on to hiking adventures in Torres Del Paine national park (more on that later). I must admit I met some very interesting people on the boat. Most people had been or were planning on backpacking for multiple months. It's a great way to meet fellow travellers.

Navimag Ferry website, lists dates that they sail and costs.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Greg,

Does the boat dock anywhere along the way? Do you have the opportunity to get off anywhere or are you pretty much on the boat for the 4 days?

Thanks,

E

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

You are on the boat for 4 days. The boat stops at along the way in the channel, and locals come out with boats to transfer on or off, but you don't have an opportunity to jump off and get back on again before the boat sails.

It's amazing scenery, though, if the weather is clear. Which it isn't always.

Greg