The Marina


Ecuador now requires (as of July 2021) that all foreign flagged vessels entering Ecuadorian Waters have a pre-autografo (prior permission), for which there is a cost of $350 to a naval agency. Puerto Amistad can help with this but we are not an AgencyThis fee will be discounted from marina fees if your stay is 3 months or more.

If coming from the Galapagos (i.e. already checked into Ecuador), you do not need a pre-autografo, however, the mainland pre-autografo is not valid for going to the Galapagos.

Processing time for the Autografo is about 3 weeks.

The following information will be required when applying (make the application via your chosen port of entry):

  1. Copy of the yacht registration.
  2. Documentation reporting the measurements and technical information of the yacht, including length, beam, draft, gross tonnage, flag nationality, official number and name of the boat, call sign and MMSI of the vessel.
  3. Black water or sewage certification (if you don’t have one, the marina can help create one for you).
  4. Copy of crew and passenger list along with their nationalities.
  5. Copy of all crew and passenger passports.
  6. Declaration of the estimated arrival date and length of stay in Ecuador.

Other Documents:

Yachts must be registered with the computerized Customs system (SICE) as well as the Maritime Traffic Information System (SITRAME). Officials on arrival will deal with registration.

Port checkin fees are as follows:
$180 checkin
All crew members must have valid vaccination certificate.
$35 Pilot for entry

Entry visas are free for the first for 90 days which can be extended an additional 90 days

Reserve your berth today. Reservations require one month payment in advance for either your anchorage or your buoy. We have limited space so insure your mooring by reserving today. We operate on first come basis. Below are your payment methods. PayPal or Major Credit Card.

2022 Reservations


Or email us at:

Email Contact: **

Hi, Gene Tatum here for Puerto Amistad. Here is a bit about our marina and additional facilities.

Puerto Amistad Restaurant and Marina is located in Bahía de Caráquez, on Ecuador’s spectacular coast. Situated at the broad mouth of the Chone River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean.  Bahía is a quiet Ecuadorian tourist destination, recently discovered by the cruising community.  It has become an  increasingly popular location for ex-pats looking for a beautiful and temperate place to retire.

Bahía is a wonderful place to visit in it’s own right, and is also a perfect place to leave your boat while you travel north and south along South America’s stunning coast or move inland to  explore the incredible sites of the highlands of Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or  the many other spectacular destinations in  South America.

“Our goal was to create a place that was friendly and secure, in a place that is friendly and secure, and I think that we’ve accomplished this in Bahía. In other words, we didn’t have to create a bunker enclosed place to leave your boat secure. Bahía is probably the safest place for your boat in South America! The second thing we wanted was a place the ordinary cruiser can afford, so we work hard to provide an excellent service at a good value.

If you wish to send an item to Ecuador we strongly recommend that you use DHL. They have customs services and will hold your item longer than the other couriers. Please send in your name not the name of Puerto Amistad.  FEDEX, EMS. USPS and other couiters may be less cost to send, but processing through Customs may cost more.
If you do not use DHL and you need help getting your item found or out of customs we will charge $25 per item for trying to help you with your item if you use and courier other than DHL.  We have had bad experiences with other couriers in Ecuador.

Again, use DHL!

You should send the item to your name C/O Puerto Amistad using the address on the contact page.

PHONE – +593-099-35153581

We certainly hope that you come and visit; we’re sure you’ll love it as much as  us.

Warm Regards,


** Cancelled reservations are non refundable if more than 30 days late


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