Keith was dead set on doing the Navigmag Ferry with is a 4 day ferry ride from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, so we bought tickets over a month in advanced to make sure we got on. Planning a week in advance has been our style so far so this was huge. Haha I was excited about the trip after Keith sold me on it. I mean being on a boat is always fun, cruising through the fjords in Patagonia sounded amazing and we got our own room. A private room is a luxury at times. Then about a week before the trip Keith started reading reviews like these…..
“Boat of Death”
“Wear Every Layer you Own, We Froze the Entire Time”
“Such Bad Food I Got Pimples at the Age of 42!”
The pimple one made me laugh. Well we went from super excited to a bit anxious but we still heard good thing about the journey. Positive thinking!
After waiting in Puerto Natales for four days waiting to leave on the ferry we almost missed it! We thought Che know in was the night before and we loaded in the morning. Well that was not the case. Check in from 4-7 meant check in for the 8 o’clock bus that takes you onto the ship that night. We showed up about 5:30pm figured this out and ran back to the hostel to grab our wet clothes out of the dryer and pack our bags. At 7pm on the dot we checked in our bags and ran to get pizza and a beer before the 8 o’clock bus. Whoo did that beer feel good. The laundry mat next the door also agreed to dry our clothes for a nice premium price but at least they were dry.
On the ferry we instantly made friends with two other traveling couples. They were awesome and made the boat ride so much fun. Jemma and Johnny live in London but Johnny is from Australia. They are doing a 9 month trip mostly in Central America. Sara and Curtis are from New Zealand and managed to get away from their jobs for 6 weeks. All day long we were playing games and waiting for our illegal happy hour drinks. We had to sneak on alcohol. It was banned a few years ago when a truck driver started a fire trying to bbq in his truck….. Waisted!
The trip could not have turned out better! Amazing sunny weather so we could sit outside and soak in the views,. There were gorgeous views of water ways, mountains, volcanos, whales, sea lions and tons of birds. Sara loves to work out and teach a robot, so we organized a boat workout session outside. It was so great! 😊 About 10 of us were kicking, jumping, speed balling and running around the boat. The exercise was needed after sitting all day. I even did a yoga session when the water calmed down a bit. The food wasn’t bad either. A bit bland and cafeteria lime but plenty and filled you up. I don’t think I gained any additional zits from the food so I was happy!
Now he cow smell was true. There were about 6 cages full of cows, I’d guess about 100 cows all crammed together at the back of the boat. During the day you would get nasty whiffs of cow…. That’s really the only bad part about the trip and it wasn’t a big issue.
We showed up in Puerto Montt on a high from such a great trip and had four new friends to travel with. We all headed to the bus station and stayed another week traveling north together.
The people you meet along the way really makes your trip memorable. You realize how many amazing people are out there and how lucky you are to meet some of them.