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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 Edition 3 October 2013)
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.

Jacaranda Journey
http://www.jacarandajourney.com/
Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego in 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south and have since explored Central America and South America with plans to explore Chile in 2015. Their blog has excellent passage notes and trip reports, including lots of information for Ecuador.

Update History

June 2015: Publications checked
March 2015: Agent information and fees updated with assistance from Napoleon Cadena.
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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vibesparre
vibesparre says:
Aug 20, 2015 04:50 PM

Recommendation for boat repairing facilities in Galapagos

On July 13. 2015 we left Galapagos Islands on our boat, Danish Blue, to go to Marquesas. About 1000 nm out, we hit something - most likely a whale. The rudder was pushed backwards and the fibreglass broke where the ruddershaft was attached. Luckily we did not loose the rudder, but we had to bolt it tightly with bolts and pieces of wood we had on board. Also, we could not steer. To be safe, we had to return to Galapagos.

At Galapagos we got in touch with Martin Schreyerg, a German guy who lives and works at Puerto Ayora at Santa Cruz Island. He was a great help. He speaks English fluently, and he was capable of making any kind of repair on the boat such as fibreglass, welding, etc. We needed to continue to Ecuador mainland (Stewart Yates, Puerto Lucia) to get the boat hauled out, which is not possible at Galapagos. Martin was effective and thorough - in one week he had our rudder taken out, repaired enough to work for the trip to the mainland (650 nm), put back in and fastened with stainless steel. We were afraid we would be stuck at Galapagos for at least a month, but Martins great work made it possible for us to leave again after exactly one week.

We are so grateful for Martins help, effectiveness and expertise and wish to recommend him and his workers to anyone who needs repair done at or around the Galapagos Islands.

Martin Schreyerg's mail is: Martinschreyerg@yahoo.com

Christians Arp-Hansen
Captain
Danish Blue, Denmark

sandandfoam
sandandfoam says:
Apr 20, 2015 04:45 PM

I have just spent 10 months in Puerto Lucia Yacht Club (it is about $800 USD a month to keep your boat ashore) after sailing there from El Salvador. First. when we arrived last year (April 2014) we were forced to anchor off for 3 days of "Quarantine". Next we had to have an agent and we were given "Napoleon" who seemed OK. Then a Julia Delgado arrived alongside of NOE shipping agency and said we HAD to have her. We gave her her fee of 500 USD and we dutifully changed. I was assured by her and a custom agent who has since retired that we would have no problem in leaving my 36 foot yacht there ashore for 10 months while I went back to the UK providing that, after 3 months, I filled in a form that they would e-mail me for an Extension. This I dutifully did. However Julia Delgado the agent then in July 2014 e-mailed and said I had to return to Ecuador as "there was a problem". As it happened I couldn't as I had broken some ribs and I sent her a medical certificate saying I was unfit to travel.When I was fit enough to travel I arrived there in early February 2015 and Julia took me to the customs office in Las Salinas who said I owed $70,000 USD.No idea what for!! However as I had been unable to travel and had medical certificates which I had all previously sent to Julia my fine was reduced to $3,800 USD!! No-one would explain to my why I was being fined.

In the meantime I was working with Marisol Stewart the owner of Stewart Yates & Servicios to repair my yacht. Marisol was amazing. She phoned the customs and said this was incredible and that I should not have to pay ANY fine. And thanks to her I didn't!!

Moreover the Services of her company were outstanding and very reasonable. I had a lot of excellent work done by Pancho and Nicky which ranged over new VHF ariels, new window, oil seals, skilled woodwork, liferaft servicing, cutlass bearing repair, chain galvanising etc.

Another French yacht which had spent the same amount of time there and used Napoleon as the agent had absolutely no problems despite the owner being away in France for a year.

So either NOE shipping agency and Julia was totally incompetent or there was some very strange things going on. Thanks Marisol for great work on the yacht and all your help. We left for Chile in mid February 2015 along the coastal route.

Michael Marshall

Sand and Foam

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!

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

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.

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