Thursday, February 2, 2023

Arrival Procedures

Marina Arrival Procedures, Ecuador

Puerto Amistad is loaced on the Pacific coast of Ecuador. We are situated at the mouth of the Chone River in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. We offer front and aft moorings, Swing moorings, have a dinghy dock, and anchorage. Because we are on a river the wave movement is very little. however there is a current on tidal changes. Due to our location we are called the gateway to the Galapagos.

We offer hot showers, Wifi , laundry service and much more.

We Monitor Channel 69.

A Few things you should know about Bahia de Caraquez and Ecuador

The government of Ecuador has upgraded requirements for entry to Ecuador. Previously the Autografo (a document processed only by Marine Agencies in the Galapagos) was ony required for vessels arriving to the Galapagos. In 2017 the law changed that ALL foreign flagged vessels entering Ecuadorian ports must have an Autografo.

The requirement is enforced by the port captains office. There are only two ports that I am aware of that does not enforce the requirement. That is Salinas, Ecuador and Esmereldas, Ecuador. However that could change at any moment. It is best to contact them prior to sailing to Puerto Lucia or Salinas. If you find the facilities in eather of those ports it is easy to  checkin to one of those ports then set sail to Puerto Amistad. It is a day sail depending on currents.

So, if you plan to come to Puerto Amistad the following will apply.

You must contact a Marine Agency to begin the process of the autografo. This can take up to 3 weeks, but I have seen it in 10 days. The cost is $350 usd. If you stay 3 months with us, the 4th month is free. I do this to help reimburse the cost of your autografo.

Since Bahia is located at the moouth of the Chone River the entrance is a bit shallow. We can accomodate safely a vessel with a draft up to 2.5 meters.

A pilot is highly suggested for entry as there are no markers.

The waiting room for entry is here: -0.59675,-80.4472
Call us on channel 69 upon arrival and the pilot will come out at the earliest daylight High tide to guide you in. Pilor fee is $35

Upon arrival to Bahia we will help with your checkin documentaion. The checkin is $180.

Please remain onboard until the Health department has given you clearance.

We provide 27/7 security to the Buoy and Anchorage. It is very safe. Most of our clients leave the vessel here and travel Ecuador and South America. We are a great place to park and take a run down to Machu Picchu, Peru.

Here is the full contact for a Marine Agency that can supply your autografo

PHONE NUMBER:+593 99 948 0859

Ricardo Arenas
+593 99 948 0859
Av. Charles Darwin 825,
Santa Cruz – Galápagos – Ecuador

Email a Message to us prior to arriving.
We will advise the appropriate authorities. Which can streamline your checkin Include Vessel Name, callsign, departure point, estimated arrival date and current position.

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