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.
|WP0||00º 35.780S||080º28.300W||Virtual Sea Buoy|
|WP1||00º 35.805S||080º26.832W||"Waiting Room" Anchorage|
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."
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!
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.
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.
Sailing Plan , PR, Formato: Indio Alpha Alpha
Copy of Matricula (48 hours before arrival)
Final Report (FR one hour before arrival)
Port Capitain Channel 16
Zarpe from last country
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
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
Copy of Entrance stamp (in passport) from immigration
Avenida Malecón Jaime Chávez Gutierrez. Edificio Aduana del Ecuador, junto a Autoridad Portuaria.
(593-5) 2-620-410 / (593-5) 2 623-119
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
Salud $ 5.00
Immigration $65.00 (50 transportation & $15 for processing)
Panga for Authorities $ 5.00
INOCAR $0.30 per vessel ton
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
You will need your temporary permission of customs that you received when you checked in and the copy of your Zarpe.
Reciept of your payment of $15 at the bank of their choice.
Copy of Zarpe
Agency Letter from any of the agencies listed below
BLUE OCEAN WEB
Av. Malecón y Calle 20 al lado Edif.“Altos del Mar” –
NAVIERA JCP HNOS
CIA.LTDA. Av. 3 #100 y calle 18, Barrio Cordova – Manta 052- 2620407 / 052-
INVESTAMAR S.A. Av. Las Monjas 10 y C.J. Arosemena – Edf. Berlín –
Edif. Torres del Norte, Torre B of. 107, Av. Miguel Alcivar
506 y Nahim Isaias, Kennedy Norte – Guayaquil 04-2687930 Agente: José Ortiz
REMAR S.A. Av. 10 de Agosto 103 y Malecon, Edf. Valra Piso 9 –
Av. Juan Tanca Marengo y Av. J. Orrantia, Edf. Professional
Ave. 2 Y Calle 11 Edif. Pichincha Piso 9, Ofc. No. 905 –
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.
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.
Welcome to Puerto Amistad, or the “Port of Friendship” in Spanish. We hope you come to visit us, but we have to warn you; Bahia is a "sticky port." You may find it hard to leave here once you've arrived. We're a case in point.
Our property, previously used as the ferry dock, had been abandoned and had become nothing more than a place where some drunks slept at night. It was filled with cans and bottles and stuff from the debris collected by the street sweepers. We had to rebuild all the pilings and beams as well as the sea walls and retaining walls because they were damged from the earthquake and lack of maintenance. We essentially had to redo the entire structure. Everything was repaired, rebuilt or at the very least, repainted.
Initially, the original business plan called for us to mostly operate the marina with a small grill serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Customers then came to us and said we needed to offer a more expanded menu. Now we've become known as the go-to restaurant specializing in steaks, seafood, and classic American food, and Maye is amazing in her ability to plan a custom event to recognize a special occasion.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held December 21, 2004. We offered our initial shore services (namely our excellent showers) in March and the first happy hour shortly after. The inauguration (Grand Opening) was celebrated on the 23 of September, 2005. Currently we have 22 massive moorings, a nice dinghy dock, a gorgeous restaurant and bar, a five star bathroom, showers, laundry, and an administrative office. We also have DirectTV in the bar so you can watch the Super Bowl or CNN if you have to have a news fix.
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 you personally, and for your boat in South America! The second thing we wanted was a place the ordinary cruiser can afford, so we charge work hard to provide an excellent service at a good value. We want as many people as possible to come, stay a long time, and enjoy the town
We certainly hope that you come and visit.
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
The lighthouse coming into Bahía
Cruiser Happy Hour at Bambú in Canoa
And I thought I was going to a sleepy fishing village!
sla Corazón - Make sure you don't miss the high tide :)
King Neptune may well welcome you as you cross the Equator!
Rush Hour in Bahía
The Witch of Endor all dressed up
LOTS of volcanoes!
Incredible hiking opportunities in
Colorful people in the Sierra
Kewl llama shot
El Nuevo Globo - The local newspaper
La Voz de las Caras - One of the local radio stations.
South America Explorers - SAE has offices in Quito, Lima, and Cusco. Good resource for inland travel.
Ecuador Explorer - General Tourist portal for Ecuador
Ecuador.com - General Tourist portal for Ecuador
The Best of Ecuador - A general tourist guide
Club Nautico Cartagena - Our "Sister Marina." Maye worked there for ten years and it's owned by her Aunt Candelaria.
Embassy - Ecuadorian embassy in Washington
To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea-"cruising," it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.
"I've always wanted to sail the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the routine of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.
What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?
Sterling Hayden 1916-1986
From the beginning we didn't know much about Ecuador and the Ecuadorian people. But after three weeks here in Bahía and a trip to the Andes we know how beautiful this country is and how nice the people are. We have enjoyed your hospitality. For sure we will recommend this safe place to all our cruising friends.
-- S/V Circe, Denmark
Bahía & Ecuador - A very nice and friendly place and country. We have enjoyed the place and stayed much longer than planned.
Bahía de Caráquez is probably the best place along the Equator and South America to leave your boat for land travel in this beautiful country.
I have spread the word to other cruising sailors.
-- S/V Pacific Pearl, Sweden
After one month here in Bahía we sadly leave for the Galapagos and all points west until we return to New Zealand. The people of Bahía and Ecuador have made both of us welcome and have been friendly towards us also. We enjoyed our inland travel, and will leave with very fond memories of Ecuador and it's people.
-- S/V Seabride, New Zealand
I liked the place so much, I decided to swallow the hook and build a marina!
-- S/V Walkabout, United States
After wonderful eight weeks in Ecuador we are now ready to move on.
We are looking back to a most enjoyable time in Puerto Amistad and wish you all the best for the future development of your marina.
Many thanks and all the best!
--S/Y Saadine, Germany
"Puerto Amistad para servirle!" Much more than an advertising slogan... It's beautiful truth!
Thank you Maye and Tripp. We really enjoyed our stay in Bahía from December 26, 2004 to March 12, 2005. We wish you the best for your life and your business.
Muchas gracias tambien a Carlos y Roberto!
-- S/V Slow Motion, Switzerland
We have had a great two weeks in Bahia. It's been good to be here at the beginning of a fantastic project. Thanks to all the staff and the management for all their help.
The world is a small place and we shall return.
S/V Tacks, Ireland
Bahía, an excellent and interesting place. Look for fossilized shark's teeth on the beach to the South. They're BIG!
Good times all around. Too bad I didn't get to see the grand opening. I wish you the best.
S/V Dreamland, United States
Thank you for still taking time to be very good hosts - even while you're so busy getting your marina built. The service has been excellent. We will spread the good news on Bahía.
S/V Citation, Canada
Pat and I are very thankful for your assistance, support, and congeniality - but most of all for your continued kindness and humor.
We wish you the best in making Puerto Amistad a center of attraction for locals and visiting cruisers. We were glad to see it in it's establishment stages and look forward to visiting again after it's completion.
Thanks and we'll spread the word of Puerto Amistad and staff.
--S/V Crusader, United States
Thank you all for your warm welcome when we came in unexpectedly. We'd like to stay longer but can't change our plans. Puerto Amistad is one of the few places we'll recommend to our friends and without any doubt is going to have a great future.
--S/V Pura Vida, Germany
Once again thanks a lot for your advice, friendly words, enthusiasm, etc. etc. We found Bouskoura in a perfect state when we returned from our inland trip. You're doing a lot of good work. A perfect job! Hope all things will succeed for Puerto Amistad. We enjoyed it very much and we're thankful to meet people like you both and your wonderful staff.
--S/V Bouskoura II, Holland
First five months and back for another month. Bahía and her folk are wonderful, friendly, and quite welcoming. Thank you for a wonderful experience and lovely memories!
--S/V Perigrinata, Canada
From June, 2004 to May, 2005 we left "Incognita" in the safe hands of our new friends Tripp and Maye. It has been a wonderful experience, great location to leave your boat for extended visits to the SA continent. The marina is developing at a rapid rate and we wish Puerto Amistad continued success in the coming years. Tripp "The Man" and Maye "Our Smiling Angel." Thank you so much for all of your help during our time here. The word is out. This is "THE" place. Stay healthy and happy.
--S/V Incognita, Canada
It's kind of sad: we leave tomorrow for Patagonia and leave you guys behind. Not only that: we will miss your wedding celebration and party. That hurts most!
You are creating a good place here for sailors. We will make promotion for you. There will be many more Germans, so beware of them :)
Thank you so much for your hospitality. We hope to see you again in a couple of years. And then we hope you have a big family. OK Maye?
--S/V Ludus Amoris, Germany
After: New Facade
After: New Wi-fi area
After: New Wall
After: Bar Restaurant
After: New Sign
A fter:The Garden
Before: Vista del Mar
Puerto Amistad Yacht Club is located in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador. Bahía de Caráquez a quiet Ecuadorian tourist destination recently discovered by the cruising community.
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 inland to see the incredible sites of the highlands of Ecuador, Peru, or even all of South America.
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
4:00-21:00 Tuesday through Thursday.
4:00-02:00 Friday and Saturday
Click here to view our menus