Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales Cruise - ESPERANZA FERRY

4 days | 3 nights
Shared tour
From On request per person
Sorry, there are no prices defined for this date. Please contact us by clicking on "Free quote"


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.



Trip at a glance


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

View other "Cruises" tours

Trip details


Day 1 Departure from Puerto Montt


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



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.


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

Overnight onboard.

  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 Moraleda Channel, Ocean Area, Penas Gulf


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.


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”.


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.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 Bajo Cotopaxi, Edén Port


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.


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.


Overnight onboard.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 Angostura White, Puerto Natales


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.

  • Breakfast onboard




What's included


3 nights onboard Esperanza Ferry


Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 3 dinners


Esperanza Ferry

What's not included

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


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
Send inquiry
Cookies user preferences
We use cookies to ensure you to get the best experience on our website. If you decline the use of cookies, this website may not function as expected.
Accept all
Decline all
Set of techniques which have for object the commercial strategy and in particular the market study.
Active Campaign
Tools used to analyze the data to measure the effectiveness of a website and to understand how it works.
Google Analytics
Travel Updates
Active campaign
Tools used to give you more features when navigating on the website, this can include social sharing.