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 Chile - Profile

Facts

  • Chile is a 2600 mile (4185 km) long strip of land that stretches from the Andes down to the southern tip of South America where lies the notorious Cape Horn, the island of Tierra del Fuego, which Chile shares with Argentina, and the Magellan Straits.
  • An increasing number of yachts cruise the islands and channels in the southern part of Chile, a spectacular area with magnificent fjords and imposing glaciers.
  • The rest of Chile is rarely visited by foreign yachts, except those on their way to or from the southern fjordland.
  • Chile's offshore possessions in the Pacific, Easter Island and the Juan Fernandez Islands, are dealt with separately.

Security

Cruisers report that security in Tierra del Fuego is just simply not an issue. Many never lock their boats and dinghys with outboards can be left at the jetty without any problems.

Opportunistic street crime however can be a problem in towns and cities, and in areas popular with tourists.

Nationwide protests often take place on 11 September (anniversary of the military coup) and 1 May (Workers’ Day). They can become violent. The largest protests usually take place in central Santiago.

Weather

October to April are the warmer summer months, while May to October is colder. The Chilean climate varies considerably according to latitude, being dry and hot in the north, wet and windy in the south. The coastal areas are cooled by the cold Humboldt current. In the south, the most settled weather is between December and March, which is dominated by westerly winds. In this area, northerly winds usually bring rain and poor visibility, while southerlies are accompanied by clear skies.

Dirección Meteorológica de Chile

Chile Weather Forecast - by Buoy Weather

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

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Moondog
Moondog says:
Mar 18, 2016 10:39 PM

I delivered a 72 foot power vessel from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Coquimbo, Chile. My zarpe was from La Salinas, Ecuador to Arica, Chile. My final destination was Coquimbo, Chile and most of my crew were Chileans.

The Port Captain, Immigration officer, Doctor and Agricultural Inspector came out to the boat. The vessels new home was to be Coquimbo, Chile.

They did not charge me for all the inspections at the time, but when I arrived in Coquimbo I received a bill for $450 US. The agricultural inspector had me sign a document which stated that the fruit and vegetables would be consumed on the vessel, and not removed from the vessel (otherwise stiff fines and penalties would occur).

Moondog
Moondog says:
Mar 16, 2016 12:23 AM

sept.2015 A $250US fee to in inspect boat for fruits and vegetables anything in the freezer was not of concern. They did not confiscate four tomatoes six potatoes and twolemons.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 27, 2016 12:03 PM

Our thanks to Henk Boersma for these updates.

Puerto Williams Update:
Recently the "SAG" (these are the people responsible for avoiding alien flora and fauna arriving on Chilean soil) started implementing a law that no fresh fruit, vegetables or meat can be brought into the country. All will be confiscated and destroyed. Threats with fines for not complying are in the air. For years this has been the rule in the rest of the country, however now PW is included as well which doesn’t make sense. Maybe it will blow over.
For the charter boats that do their shopping in Ushuaia (Argentina), this new rule forces a change of plan... The problem is of course, that there are no reliable supplies in Puerto Williams!

Ushuaia Update:
All is quiet on the customs front, apart from some issues which involved Argentine sailors with foreign flagged boats. They are still fussy about arriving or going to the Falklands without a permit.

Cruising the Beagle Channel
For cruising the Beagle Channel as far as Staten Island, no zarpe is required for trips to Lapataia and Islas Bridges but the Prefectura must be notified before you leave with the details of your trip. Anywhere further out, and you must pay a visit to the Prefectura for a zarpe.

13 Beaufort
13 Beaufort says:
Jan 11, 2016 03:01 AM

Important update: as of Jan. 2016 Chile has quarantine laws almost as strict as those of Australia/New Zealand: no meat/fruit/vegetables/dairy products/honey etc.etc.
Visit www.sag.cl
(and yes that includes stocking up in Ushuaia Argentina for a trip to Cape Horn Chile...)

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