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Description of the Southward Route
(Text Navimag)

Day 1

Check-in is carried out from 9:00 to 13:00 in our offices, where our port staff will receive your luggage and guide you in loading your vehicle, if you are travelling in one. The passengers shall embark at 17:00 hr. Once onboard, crew members will give a welcome talk and some information for a safe and fun journey, to later depart at 20:00 hrs. and sail through the Patagonian Fjords, with final destination Puerto Natales.
The trip starts in the Reloncaví Sound, Gulf of Ancud, and in the evening we enter the Apiao Channel and then the Gulf of Corcovado. We have started a great adventure.

Day 2

At dawn we sail through the southernmost part of the Gulf of Corcovado, where the captain, according to the weather and tidal current information for the channels and the positions of celestial bodies such as the moon and sun, shall decide the most appropriate route for continuing 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 he chooses 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. 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 chooses 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 Archipelagos, 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 birds, sea lions, and native dolphins called “toninas”.
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 and it is possible to see humpback, minke, and blue whales (depending on the time of year and the weather).

Day 3

We 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 we 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 Angostura Inglesa (“English Narrows”), to reach the village of Puerto Edén*) where the last indigenous Alacalufes live. Puerto Edén is located on Wellington Island, which forms part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the largest in Chile.
After a short stay in this port, 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.
NOTE: *) Disembarking in Puerto Edén is done only if the weather, ocean conditions, and itinerary permit, and always at the captain’s discretion.

Day 4

In the early morning we will sail through the Santa María Channel, to then reach the narrowest pass of the route, Angostura White, called “White 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.

IMPORTANT: The dates and times are estimated and must be confirmed within 48 hours prior to the departure time indicated in this document.
*) Disembarking in Puerto Edén and the trip through the channels is done only if the weather, ocean conditions, and itinerary permit, and always at the captain’s discretion.


Navigation Route

After the White Passage

Sea lions colony

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