Navimagging it through Patagonia’s Fjords
We were looking forward to leaving Puerto Montt - you might have guessed from the last blog. So when we finally boarded the Navimag - 14 hours late and with three new friends - we were pretty excited!
The Navimag is a massive cargo ship which cottoned onto the fact that tourists want to check out the Patagonian Fjords and that they could charge exorbitant prices for it. Prices we were happy to pay, given the apparent views and the chance to avoid a twenty hour bus with three border crossings. And the views are stunning – or at least what we saw of them. On the first day we made our way down from Puerto Montt and cleared Chiloe to more open seas. On the second day the views deteriorated somewhat. Not in beauty, all reports are that is some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, but the weather prevented us from seeing any of that. So we played cards. And played cards. And played some Yahtzee. And then some more cards. Luckily we’d chosen our new friends well and they came well equipped with all sorts of new games and fun.
So for three full days we played cards and Yahtzee. I can’t say I was too disappointed. It would have been nice to see more of the scenery, but the food was great, the beds were comfy – so who can complain.
The final morning we were woken at 6am to go outside and see one of the glaciers which runs into the ocean. I am sure it would have been beautiful if we could have made it out. But the day did clear up and as we passed through some of the smallest passageways in the fjords we got some gorgeous views of snow covered mountains covered in forests that ran right down to the sea.
So not all bad, and even though we didn’t see too much, would defo recommend it – although if you can rig the weather you’d be better off.
Love you all loads
Em & Lee