Navimag Ferry

Boat in Puerto Natales

For many travelers, a journey through Chile's spectacular fjords aboard the Navimag Ferry becomes a highlight of their trip. This four-day and three-night northbound voyage has become so popular it should be booked well in advance. To confirm when the ferry is due, contact Turismo Comapa or Navimag a couple of days before your estimated arrival date.

The ferry leaves Natales at 8am on Tuesday and stops in Puerto Edén (or Glaciar Pío XI on southbound sailings) en route to Puerto Montt. It usually arrives in Puerto Montt on Friday at 8am, but schedules vary according to weather conditions and tides. Disembarking passengers must stay on board while cargo is transported; those embarking have to spend the night on board.

High season is November to March, mid-season is October and April and low season is May to September. Fares vary according to view, cabin size and private or shared bathroom, and include all meals (request vegetarian meals when booking) and interpretive talks. Bring water, snacks and drinks anyway. Per-person high season fares range from US$450 for a bunk berth to US$2100 for a triple-A cabin; students and seniors receive a 10% to 15% discount. Check online for current schedules and rates.

There's a second office in the Rodoviario.