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 Ecuador - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5

Electrical Supply

Voltage: 120-127 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

US Dollar.

Communications

International dialing code for Ecuador is +593.

Internet cafes can be found nearly everywhere in the major cities and in many of the smaller ones.

For most visitors, the easiest place to make phone calls is an Internet cafe, most of which provide VOIP service at reasonable rates.
Visitors making an extended stay should consider purchasing a cell phone. Most are sold on a prepaid-call basis, and phone refill cards can be purchased in all but the smallest towns. It is also possible to get a modern GSM cellular phone "unlocked" so that it will function in Ecuador. (you can take your own phone, if it is compatible with GSM 850MHz), however, this should be reserved for emergencies as the cost of actually making such a call is usually exorbitant.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

National Police - 101
Fire Department - 102
Time - 109
Telephone information - 104 (preceded by the area code when you need a phone number from another city)

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Ecuador Cruiser's Guide
Produced by SV Soggy Paws and compiled by cruisers(revised Feb 2010)
http://svsoggypaws.com
An excellent resource which includes a section on the Galapagos.>

Explore Central America - Part 2
Published January 2008 (6th ed. Aug. 2011, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from www.sailsarana.com/guide
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

Update History

January 2014: Immigration, Customs and security checked/updated.
May 2013: Ecuador to the Galapagos - update on Autographo from Anthony Swanston of SV Wild Fox.
March 2013: Technical stop details from Mr Proano.
January 2012: Immigration - visa extension updates from agent Mr Proano and Puerto Amistad.
January 2012: Customs - extensions information added by Puerto Amistad.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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heatherreimer
heatherreimer says:
Jun 24, 2014 04:52 PM

Another great spot to leave your boat is at Bahia de Caraquez, at the mouth of the Rio Chone. Approach (from north): 00º 36.6' S 080º 28.2' W - this keeps you away from shoals
"Waiting Room": 00º 35.8' S 080º 26.8' W - anchor or wait for pilot here for entry over bar.
The anchorage is very calm, and boats are able to either get on a mooring ball (Puerto Amistad: $370/month, includes hot showers, dinghy dock, wifi, and nighttime security. The town of "Bahia" is an easily walkable village, which has a fresh fruit/vegie mercado, and several smaller tiendas for provisioning. For more major shopping, Portoviejo is an hour away ($2) and Manta is 2 hours away, ($3) and will have most everything you want. Bahia is a more affordable option for people than Salinas, due to the costs involved. As well, Salinas has quite a surge, so anchoring is more difficult. Should you wish to anchor in Bahia, the cost is $240/month, which includes all the above services. We have left our boat on anchor for months at a time, without issue. The only thing to be aware of is the barnacle growth on the chain.
Costs for arrival into Ecuador at Bahia, using Puerto Amistad as an agent.
$50 - agent fee
$20 - immigration
$40 - taxi fee for paperwork
$45 - Capitania
Total cost - $155

Should you wish to know anything else, contact Heather Reimer on sv Sundancer at heatherreimer@live.com.

Open roadstead but relatively calm at most times of year.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 13, 2014 08:35 AM

Posted on behalf of Hans-Rudolf Lehmann, SY IBIS
I have just recently arrived in Ecuador and as Ecuadorian citizen I am in the process of re-establishing myself in the country. Up to now, Ecuador has a very reduced oportunity to cruisers to stay and we are very concerned at this point to change the infrastructure for cruisers.

This is what we have achieved at this point:
1. The new city administration of Salinas has almost finished the public access to the beach in Salinas.
2. The new city administration of Salinas is very open to discuss a project for a Marina with city administration for about 48 vessels between 25 and 60 feet.
3. The new administration of Salinas in cooperation with the National office for tourism will review the procedures to document the boat for tourism and suggest the national administration a different procedure to facilitate a less expensive and more efficient way to visit the country by boating.

In the meantime we are setting 10 mooring buoys in Salinas just outside the yacht club, which can be reserved at the email lehmannhr@gmail.com at a cost of USD 15 a day, or USD 350 monthly. We also provide water service to the boat, electricity provided by 110 V generator and fuel provision to the boat. Our agent will service the boat permit with the custom office, immigration and port clearing. Communication to the e-mail lehmannhr@gmail.com
Best regards and fair winds
Hans

Hans-Rudolf Lehmann
Hans-Rudolf Lehmann says:
Sep 02, 2014 03:28 PM

This is to all cruisers who want to travel to Ecuador and not to be confused by the announcement of Marina Operations:

By Ecuadorian Law it is required to clear internalization of a boat through custom office through an agent. If the operator of the Marina says it is not required, this means he assumes the function of the agent or - in other words - he has an associated agent. Any irregularity of the ships documentation will then lead to different costs than advertized. This, is to be taken seriously as it leads to increased prices. Be aware, no hooks behind the bushes!

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