Seno de las Montañas, White Narrows & Puerto Natales

Steve Morello, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 16 Oct 2019

Seno de las Montañas, White Narrows & Puerto Natales, 10/16/2019, National Geographic Explorer

  • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Patagonia

The deep purples and blues slowly gave way to reds, oranges, and yellows in the southeastern sky. The moon shone brightly in the west and close by the Southern Cross could clearly be seen with the two pointers. There was hardly a breath of wind. Thus began another beautiful day on our Epic Patagonia expedition.

The ship made her way through the maze of channels before heading into the Montañas Fjord. Many of us chose to stay on the open decks to take in the beauty as well as experiment with some artsy photography, particularly with reflections in the glassy blue waters.

After breakfast we landed on a rocky outcrop, encountering a small pod of Peale’s dolphins as we took Zodiacs ashore, much to our delight. We went through an old and stunted southern beech forest along a very good path that let us walk right to the Bernal Glacier. We were certainly mesmerized by the beauty of the ice.

Just after lunch we sailed through the dramatically narrow White Narrows and into the more open waters that lead to Puerto Natales. As we sailed through the narrows we were able to see the majestic Andean condors among many other birds, as well as Chilean dolphins and South American sea lions.

By late afternoon we were making our approach to the dock in Puerto Natales and shortly afterwards we were tied alongside, where we will remain for the next two nights.

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