NAVIMAG, ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Next on our trip was a four day trip in patagonia on a ferry, named the Evangelista.   We were a bit nervous because  we wanted to book the  level of  A but they did not have any we were stuck in Berth C.  WHAT WAS IT GOING TO BE LIKE!?  We read horrible things in our travel guides about level C and expected only the worst, BUT it ended up being great and we saved heeps of change!  Our books said we would be able to smell the livestock and feel every wave, but that was a huge exaggeration. 

We boarded the boat in Puerto Montt with about 250 other passengers from what we could estimate.  There was lots of waiting and more waiting to get the show on the road, but it was just the beginning of our relaxing time in the Patagonian channels.  You will see in our pictures that we did a lot of standing and looking at the different scenery.  The weather changed quite frequently too.  So, you had to have your rain coat, fleece, gloves, hat, other layers with you so you would be prepared for the next spectacular sight.  It was funny...everyone would run out to the deck to take a picture and run right back into the warmth and vino. 

We did see some incredible sights.  We saw Pio XI glacier on the 3rd day.  The ferry took us very close before turning around to get back on track.  We also stopped at a Village called Puerto Eden which had only 180 villagers.  They were part of the original settlers in the area.  The government has an agreement with Navimag to take supplies to the village and act as a mode of transportation for people and post.  You will see pics of boats bring supplies and people to our ferry.  We had the best weather on the 3rd day as well.  We even had a few blue skies!

You ask "what else did you do?"...well, what any good traveler would cards, watched movies they provided, read books, and drink lots of wine.  Can I shock some of you?  LAYTON read 90 pages of a book in one day...baffeling.  Seriously, he reads lots of magazines, news, internet, but NEVER books...It is called "Marching Powder".  We would suggest it to anyone. 

We stayed in bunk beds with lockers to keep our stuff secure.  We were SO lucky to have great folks from Ireland to share our space with.  Niall and Linda were great, both from Dublin.  We played cards with them and shared lots of wine.  If you guys are reading this....we still talk about how great it was to share a bunk area with you guys!

Something else worth mentioning was the amount of movement from the water on day 2.  We were in a part of the ocean called Gulf of Penas.  It was very rocky.  They warned us to take motion sickness pills and offered a "magic pill" for 500 chilean pesos (about a dollar).  However, the hard heads we were...we decided to see if we were proan to get sea sick...the verdict is good.  We made it through 12 hours of rocking and rolling with not issues.  PHEW!  They even sold shirts that said "I survived..." now that might be a bit dramatic.

Mom and Dad, you will appreciate the picture of me and the  menu...they served MEATLOAF of all things...ugh!  We survived though.  There was MORE than enough food when all you do is sit around all day!
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