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Location

Puerto Amistad is located in Bahía de Caráquez, known locally as simply "Bahía" 36 nautical miles south of the Equator and 600 miles from Panama.

It is a very safe place to leave your boat while you travel inland to popular sites such as Machu Picchu and Cuzco, Peru, or return home. Because Bahía is located in a dry tropical zone, your boat will not suffer from the mold and mildew that is rampant in wet tropical locations such as Panama.

Bahía de Caráquez suffered a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in April 2016, followed by at least two smaller quakes and an untold number of aftershocks. Rebuilding is underway however and the marina has re-opened with a new owner. (July 2016)

Position 00° 35' 24"S, 80° 25'W.

Clearance

An agent is not required here as Puerto Amistad is allowed to represent the yachts without actually being a ship's agent.

The new owner of the marina, Gene Tatum, can arrange clearance as follows:

  • Agency International Check In or Check Out $185.00 (it includes port captain, migration, customs, taxi driver, agency)

  • Agency National Check In or Check Out $120.00

  • Pilot for entry or entry or departure $35.00

Prices include taxes.

The marina can also arrange the extension to the initial 90 days permitted by Customs, to allow the boat to remain in Ecuador for up to 1 year.

Contact Gene in advance on tatum051@gmail.com

A visa is not required ahead of arrival. Likewise, a cruising permit is not needed to cruise the coast of Ecuador. On arrival the yacht will be inspected by the Navy.

Last updated February 2017.

Port Captain
Bahía de Caráquez , Manabi, Ecuador
Tel:+593-5-269-3112 ,VHF Channel 69
Malecon Alberto Santos

Docking

The harbour entrance is not buoyed, currents can be strong (there is an 8-10 foot tidal range here) and river shoals may not accord with published charts. It is advisable to time your arrival with high water morning for best conditions. If you arrive or leave on an afternoon high water you will quite possibly be in for rough conditions on a shallow bar.

Arrival

All vessels require permission from the Capitania before entering and must also have a pilot on board. Call Puerto Amistad on channel 69 and they will arrange for one of their pilots to come out.

The pilot will meet you in a launch at the ‘Waiting Room’ waypoint (00º 35.805S,080º26.832W) and come aboard and coach you into the anchorage (00º 36.400S,080º25.200W).

The fee for pilots has been established by the Port Captain and you pay the Pilot directly (see fees above in Clearance). Note, the pilot boat will bear no responsibility for damage to your boat, so fender well!

Be ready to move HW -1 hour. You do need a pilot.  The sandbanks move and there is no buoyage. If your chartplotter remembers a track then you can save yourself the pilot's fee for your departure.

If your landfall timing causes you to miss the high tide, one can anchor behind Cabo Posada 15 miles to the north of Bahia (sand Bottom). Cabo Pasado is clear if you enter from the north or northwest. The reef runs WNW from the point and that breaks down the usual SW swell. It is not recommended to anchor at the "Waiting Room" point, as this is an open roadstead.

Moorings

The moorings here are massive in construction weighing 5000 pounds each and have ship's hawsers for pennants. Very secure with 4 points (2 lines for the bow and 2 for the stern). The marina staff will help you with tying up. Many people leave their boats here on mighty nose to tail moorings and travel. Your boat will be looked after.

The moorings are operated by Puerto Amistad (see details below). They have a maintenance dock for water fill-up etc. and are having a dock with 15 slips constructed.

See below for the latest fees under comments, and the web site for Puerto Amistad for more information www.puertoamistad.com/

Currently there is a security guard that frequently patrols the boats that are moored at night.

The town of "Bahia" is within easy walking distance and has a fresh produce market and several smaller shops for provisioning. For more major shopping, Portoviejo is an hour away ($2) and Manta is 2 hours away ($3).

Anchoring

If there are no moorings available, you can anchor in good mud, but remember this is a river so the boat turns on every tide. Be sure to dig your anchor in well. The ebb with the river flow reaches 2.6 knots making the dinghy journey potentially dangerous. There is an efficient night security patrol with a searchlight. There is a charge to anchor here of $5 a day.

There is now a bridge across the estuary above Puerto Amistad which bars access beyond the moorings.

Last updated June 2017.

Puerto Amistad
Bahia de Caraquez , Ecuador
Tel:593-5-269-3112 / Mobile: 099 169 5959 ,VHF Channel 69
Approx. 20 moorings. Dinghy dock, hot showers, laundry, restaurant/bar, purified water ($2), diesel, propane, laundry ($0.60 per pound), cruiser's lounge, book exchange, satellite TV, WiFi, night time security. It is recommended to book in advance, however moorings seem to be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Dock with 15 slips currently under construction (June 2017).
Maintenance dock completed, pull up for power washing, water fill-up, electric, pump-out. Additional services include exterior yacht cleaning, woodwork, electrical work, sail repair and refrigeration. Workshop for cruisers to use.

tatum051
tatum051 says:
Jun 18, 2017 04:15 PM

Puerto Amistad is now able to offer Diesel at $1.53 per gallon, Gasoline prices at $1.99/gal. We offer total prep service for your voyage to the Galapagos and South pacific.

tatum051
tatum051 says:
Jun 09, 2017 12:18 AM

Update from Gene Tatum - Puerto Amistad:
We now have our maintenance dock ready (power washers, Pumps, Electric, Water - fill your tanks).
Our Dock with 15 slips is currently under construction.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 14, 2017 04:16 PM

Puerto Amistad: 2017 Prices

MOORING: (Front and Aft Buoy)
$300.00 (prepaid monthly Postpay add $50)
$100.00 (Prepaid weekly)
$ 18.00 (per day*)

SPIN MOORING: (Single Buoy)
$360.00 (prepaid monthly Postpay add $50)
$ 20.00 (per day*)

tatum051
tatum051 says:
Jul 14, 2016 03:40 AM

UPDATE on Puerto Amistad
I am Gene Tatum, the new owner of Puerto Amistad. Following the Earthquake on April 16th 2016, we closed the bar and restaurang for 6 weeks as it needed a bit of work. We are now open with full service in the Marina and Bar/Restaurant. We have lowered prices and added services such as repair services and woodworking. Here are the new prices for Puerto Amistad.
2016 PRICES
MOORING:
$300.00 (month)
$ 15.00 (per day)
SPIN MOORING:
$365.00 (month)
$ 18.00 (per day)

Anchor $5.00 (per day)
Purified water: $2.00
Laundry: $0.60 (per pound)
Cleaning of exterior sailboat: $1.15 (per foot of vessel)
Agency Internacional Check In or Check Out $180.00 (it includes port captain, migration, customs, taxi driver, agency)
Agency National Check In or Check Out $120.00
Pilot for entry or entry or departure $35.00

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 05, 2014 12:46 PM

Report on Southbound Group - June 30th 2014
Cruisers visiting Puerto Amistad in Bahia Caraquez, Ecuador should be aware that there has recently been a theft of several electronic devices to a boat staying on one of the marina's moorings. The thief entered through a forward hatch that had been left cracked open for ventilation. The boat's owners were away at the time of the theft.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 01, 2014 12:21 PM

Posted on behalf of SV Sundancer
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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