Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:39

Entry Procedures for Bahía de Caráquez

Visa Requirements: Most cruisers will be able to enter Ecuador without obtaining a visa ahead of time. Check out this link from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see the requirements for you. 

Please note that the harbor entrance is not buoyed at this time, and coupled with the currents that come with the area's 8-10 foot tidal range, it can be tricky. For that reason, it is REQUIRED by the Port Captain of Bahía that all incoming yachts enter with the Capitania's permission and with a qualified pilot aboard.Fisherman will offer to guide you in. Do Not Accept anyone other than a licensed pilot! But, not to worry, just approach to the waypoints given below, and call on VHF 69 for Puerto Amistad and we'll arrange for a pilot to come get you. Please note that the river shoals have changed since the DMA charts (below) were published, so approach from the West in order to avoid them. Please also be on the lookout for fishermen that work in the bay.

If at all possible, contact us by e-mail prior to your arrival so that we will be expecting you and you won't experience any avoidable delays. Please note that there is approximately 40cm more water than indicated on the tide tables, so check your arrival date with the tide tables if you have a deeper draft boat.

bahia de caraquez ecuador port entry

Waypoints:

WP0 00º 35.780S 080º28.300W Virtual Sea Buoy
WP1 00º 35.805S 080º26.832W "Waiting Room" Anchorage

 

Upon Arrival

When the pilot guides you in, you'll have the option to take a mooring or drop your own hook. A representative from the navy and health departmentmay visit you on the boat for a cursory inspection, and then you'll be free to come ashore. Come to our office and we'll give you the "lay of the land."

Check-In Procedure

The Ecuadorian Navy requires that all foreign flagged vessels be represented by an agency. In your case Puerto Amistad will perform that function. When you arrive, please make available to us originals of your ship's papers, passports, vaccination records, and zarpe from your previous port. We will scan them and return the originals quickly. We will coordinate your arrival with all appropriate authorities (Health ministry, Navy, Customs, and Immigration). We will make the process super-easy. You'll never have to leave the bar!

Immigration

You'll be given a 90 day multiple-entry visa upon arrival. The clock stops while outside the country. If you need additional time in Ecuador, we can help get a new visa with the ministry of foreign affairs. you will be applying for a visa extension and are a married couple or family, please bring marriage certificate and birth certificates with an Apostile on them.

Customs

Your boat will initially be allowed ninety days. Extensions are available for up to  a year at additional cost.  We will help you with the approvals of the extensions as needed.

Puerto Amistad Agency Checkin/Checkout

Let us do the work for you. Upon arrival an agency representative will greet you at your vessel. We will need your passports, Matricula (Vessel Title), and Zarpe.

The appropriate authorities will be contacted and inspections and boardings will be arranged. Normally the authorities will come the day following  your arrival during the week, or if arrival on weekends or holidays the inspections will take place one working day after the holiday or weekend.

You will not need to make deposits for the various agencies nor travel to Manta. Just come in and relax and allow us to handle your Entrance Paperwork

Checkin/Checkout by Agency     $350.00 In-Out International

                                                                $240.00 In/Out National

                                                                $300.00 In International/out National

Self Checkin Procedure.

Once arriving to Bahia de Caraquez you must contact the Port Capitin on channel 16.

After making contact and arranging for their boarding and inspection you will need to call Immigration in Manta to arrange their visit to check you in. Next, call Aduanas in Manta to arrange their inspection. And finally call Central Health to arrange an inspection.

Here are the documents you will need to do a self clear in. Remember, Country laws do not permit you to leave you vessel until all inspections are complete.

Coastera  Checkin Begin the process 48 hours prior to arrival via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sailing Plan , PR, Formato: Indio Alpha Alpha

Copy of Matricula (48  hours before arrival)

Final Report (FR one hour before arrival)

After Arrival

Port Capitain Channel 16

Zarpe from last country

Crew list

Copy of Passports of all aboard

Copy of Vessel Matricula

ADDRESS IN FRONT OF PUERTO AMISTAD

Immigration (Phone: 0993105487)

Copy of Passports of all aboard

Crew List

Declaration General (a format)

ADDRESS: Cdla La Aurora BEHIND UPC

Customs (Phone: 0989158739)

Copy of Passport of Capitian

Copy of Matricula

Photo of Boat including a rear shot with name

Last Zarpe

Copy of Entrance stamp (in passport) from immigration

ADDRESS :

 Avenida Malecón Jaime Chávez Gutierrez. Edificio Aduana del Ecuador, junto a Autoridad Portuaria.

Teléfono :

 (593-5) 2-620-410 / (593-5) 2 623-119

Fax :

 (593-5) 2627-951

Health (Phone: 0986678026

Copy of Passports of all aboard

Copy of Shot records (Yellow Fever Shot)

Copy of Health Insurance

Once the boarding inspections are complete you may come ashore.

Once ashore you will need to go to the Port Capitans Office locted in front of Puerto Amistad will all of your documents. Here you will arrange payment for your entry to the port. There you will be gven the accont number to make a deposit to the bank for the payment to the port capitain.

Next, arrange a trip to Manta to make original signatures for Customs. Only the Capitain needs to go. Manta is 1 hour 40 minutes from Bahia de Caraquez by Taxi or you may go by bus.

That completes your self checkin.

 

Self Check-in Costs

Capitinia                               $40.66

Aduanas

Salud                                     $ 5.00

Immigration                       $65.00 (50 transportation & $15 for processing)

Piloto                                    $35.00

Panga for Authorities     $ 5.00

INOCAR                                                $0.30 per vessel ton

 

Checkout Procedure

Port Capitain with all of your entry documents.

Cost National $15 to $23

International $15 to $50

Next you will need to travel to Manta

Customs

You will need your temporary permission of customs that you received when you checked in and the copy of your Zarpe.

Immigration

Reciept of your payment of $15 at the bank of their choice.

Original Passports

Copy of Zarpe

Agency Letter from any of the agencies listed below

Maritime Agencies

BLUE OCEAN WEB

S.A. B.O.W

Av. Malecón y Calle 20 al lado Edif.“Altos del Mar” –

Manta 05-2621091 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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NAVIERA JCP HNOS

CIA.LTDA. Av. 3 #100 y calle 18, Barrio Cordova – Manta 052- 2620407 / 052-

2621493

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

INVESTAMAR S.A. Av. Las Monjas 10 y C.J. Arosemena – Edf. Berlín –

Guayaquil 042-20 4000 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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IAN TAYLOR

ECUADOR

Edif. Torres del Norte, Torre B of. 107, Av. Miguel Alcivar

506 y Nahim Isaias, Kennedy Norte – Guayaquil 04-2687930 Agente: José Ortiz

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REMAR S.A. Av. 10 de Agosto 103 y Malecon, Edf. Valra Piso 9 –

Guayaquil 042-531005 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ATLAS MARINE

ATLMAR

Av. Juan Tanca Marengo y Av. J. Orrantia, Edf. Professional

Center, Piso 3, Of. 313 – Guayaquil 042-2398510 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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TRANSOCEANICA

CIA.LTD.

Ave. 2 Y Calle 11 Edif. Pichincha Piso 9, Ofc. No. 905 –

Manta 052-2627442 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NOTE

BAHIA DE CARAQUEZ IS NOT A NATIONAL PORT OF ECUADOR. WE ARE A SUB PORT OF MANTA. YOU MAY HAVE ISSUES TRYING TO DO YOUR OWN CHECKIN/CHECK

 

PRICES, LOCATIONS AND DOCUMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PUERTO AMISTAD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INFORMATION NEEDED FOR SELF CHECKIN OR SELF CHECKOUT.

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN CAPITAIN.

 

 

 

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:38

Where In The World is Puerto Amistad?

Puerto Amistad is located in Bahía de Caráquez, known locally as simply "Bahía" just thirty six nautical miles south of the Equator. It's conveniently on the way for anyone leaving Panama bound for the Galapagos on the Coconut Milk Run. It's also a very safe place to leave your boat while you travel to the highlands of Ecuador, Peru, the rest of South America, or visit back home. Some people come and end up staying a year.
 
You'll find it's also the most economical, safe place, to leave your boat by far. Because Bahía is located in a dry tropical zone, your boat won't suffer from the mold and mildew that is rampant in wet tropical locations such as Panama. Also, tropical thunderstorms and their accompanying lightening is virtually unheard of here. If you're thinking of coming here from Panama, consider leaving early in the winter to take advantage of the northerly winds, then stay here until the southerly trades start and enjoy an easier sail to the Galapagos Islands.

Puerto Amistad Yacht Club is located after the bridge on the right while headed into town. Google Maps does not yet support an exact laocation for the Marina.

See the second map below.

 

our location

 

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:36

Cruiser Photos

Kewl photos of kewl places, taken by kewl people who have visited Bahía. (You know the drill, click on the arrow for next photo.)

Another shot of boats at anchor in Bahía

Another shot of boats at anchor in Bahía

The lighthouse coming into Bahía

The lighthouse coming into Bahía

Cruiser Happy Hour at Bambú in Canoa

Cruiser Happy Hour at Bambú in Canoa

And I thought I was going to a sleepy fishing village!

And I thought I was going to a sleepy fishing village!

sla Corazón - Make sure you don't miss the high tide :)

sla Corazón - Make sure you don't miss the high tide :)

King Neptune may well welcome you as you cross the Equator!

King Neptune may well welcome you as you cross the Equator!

Rush Hour in Bahía

Rush Hour in Bahía

The Witch of Endor all dressed up

The Witch of Endor all dressed up

LOTS of volcanoes!

LOTS of volcanoes!

Incredible hiking opportunities in

Incredible hiking opportunities in

Colorful people in the Sierra

Colorful people in the Sierra

Kewl llama shot

Kewl llama shot

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:16

Restaurant


Puerto Amistad's Restaurant has the finest atmosphere in the entire Bahia area.

The restaurant is situated on the dock with a full bar,.

We also have large flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi you can relax and enjoy all of you meals.

It is hard to find a colder beer, fresher juice or better food anywhere else in town.

One of our clients says that we have the best French fries in South America

Hours

4:00-21:00 Tuesday through Thursday.
4:00-02:00 Friday and Saturday
Sunday 12:00-20:00

Click here to view our menus

Weekday Menu Tuesday to Thursday s a limited Bar Menu

Weekend Menu Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is our full Menu

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:12

Puerto Amistad Restaurant

sweet home alabama restaurantPuerto Amistad's Restaurant (Sweet Home Alabama) has the finest atmosphere in the entire Bahia area.

The restaurant is situated on the dock with a full bar,.

We also have large flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi you can relax and enjoy all of you meals.

It is hard to find a colder beer, fresher juice or a better food anywhere else in town.

One of our clients says that we have the best French fries in South America

We are open from XX:00 AM until the last customer leaves.

Click here to view our menu in English.

Great food

Great food

Grilling food

Grilling food

Fresh Shrimp Salad

Fresh Shrimp Salad

Tasty Camarones

Tasty Camarones

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Barbecue with fries

Barbecue with fries

Best Cheese Burger in Ecuador

Best Cheese Burger in Ecuador

Restaurant

Restaurant

Salad

Salad

Serving is a pleasure

Serving is a pleasure

Take our order please

Take our order please

Yummy Drinks

Yummy Drinks

Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:58

Events

Puerto Amistad has become an event center for locals, expats and cruisers, alike. We can serve small private parties and large events of  200 or more.   Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are often celebrated at Puerto Amistad by locals and expats.

We try to offer celebrations for all major holidays. Cruisers and expats often leave family behind so we want Puerto Amistad to be their holiday home by offering special meals for those special days.

If you're interested in celebrating a special day with us, please drop by and talk to Maye who will assist you in planning the perfect event.

good food

Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:57

Restaurant Gallery

Restaurant Gallery