Seno de las Montañas, White Narrows & Puerto Natales

Oct 16, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

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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About the Author

Edward Shaw


Edward Shaw has travelled widely as a naturalist and guide. For the past 29 years he has lived with his family in northwestern Patagonia, initially working as a teacher and subsequently working in community projects before returning to expedition ships. Edward is deeply committed to the principles behind sustainable development. He is happily married and the father of five children.

About the Photographer

Steve Morello

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Steve Morello has had a long and colorful career in the natural history world. Born in New Jersey he was lucky to be able to summer on the shores of Cape Cod. Whether it was exploring the tidal pools, snorkeling along the beach, or hiking in the dunes, it all came together to instill in him a deep connection to the natural world. It was no surprise that he would return to the Cape as a whale researcher in his adult years. It was on the Cape that Steve first became involved in guiding, and for 15 years acted as naturalist on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine. Steve worked with groups creating environmental education material for school programs and soon found another one of his passions, photography.

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