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By No owner — last modified Mar 29, 2017 10:28 PM

 Peru - Profile

Facts

  • With its Inca ruins, old Spanish colonial cities and the magnificent Andes dominating the centre of the country, Peru has always been one of the most fascinating countries to visit in South America.
  • In the last few years the activity of guerrilla groups, whose attacks in various parts of the country have affected foreign tourists as well as Peruvians, has made Peru much less of an attractive destination.
  • Even before this, Peru was a difficult cruising destination, as there are few ports along its arid coast on the Pacific Ocean. The few yachts that call normally make their base at Callao, where the yacht club is a secure place to leave the boat while touring the interior of this intriguing country.
  • Note: Formalities in Peru are very expensive.

Security

Due to the general poverty here, theft, pickpocketing and bag snatching are generally the crimes to be aware of. Distraction theft being a common technique.

A high number of robberies have been reported. Paita is a particularly dangerous port. The use or purchase of drugs is severely punished and can lead to 15 years' imprisonment. There have been reports of the planting of drugs on foreigners by police followed by demands for high sums of money for the charges to be dropped. Guerilla activities still continue, and police and army searches are common.

Political protests can close even main highways for days, even weeks at a time.

If planning a wilderness trip, go with a group and take advice on the safe areas in which to hike.

United States citizens can obtain more information from the Country Officer for Peru, Office of Andean Affairs, Department of State, Washington DC.

Weather

The climate of coastal Peru is greatly influenced by the cold Humboldt current, which keeps temperatures cool throughout the year and often produces coastal fog. There is very little rain along the coast which is arid and desert-like. The prevailing winds are south or southeasterly and usually light.

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

Main Ports

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eysel
eysel says:
Mar 29, 2017 06:08 PM

En Peru el deporte nautico va adquiriendo cada año mas interesados. Actualmente hay mas de 1000 yates solo en la capital del Peru. Es por ello que proximamente abrira sus puertas Marina
Marbella, con capacidad para amarrar 150 yates con eslora de hasta 120 pies, con un travelift de 200 toneladas. Asi que en dos años si visitas Lima usted tendra los mejores servicios.

Translation:
In Peru the sport of sailing is increasing in popularity every year. Actually there are more than 1000 yachts just in the capital of Peru. For this reason the Marine Marbella will be opening its doors in two years time, with a capacity for 150 yachts, maximum LOA of 120ft and with a 200 ton travelift. So, if you visit Lima in 2 years time, there will be much better services.

golden rain
golden rain says:
Oct 08, 2015 06:41 PM

ALERT. My US boat touring Panama - Callao - Chile has been confiscated by Customs here 5 weeks after entering while conforming to all formalities doing my own checkin. Customs says that with me they are starting to crack down on boats not hiring customs agents.

There are a number of visiting yachts in Callao in same situation as me that are exposed to immediate confiscation.

Customs tells me they want my boat for cadet training. Nothing to negotiate. They charged me with smuggling (of the yacht, which is contraband) as a pretext for confiscation. After 5 weeks they finally let me make a statement and will not call my witness for another 3 weeks so to have as many delays as possible.

My lawyer just called the Yacht Club Peruano and was told that customs inspection is now required. The implication is that a customs agent needs to be hired costing about $800 without anything to declare. Add this to the $1,200 in sanitary fees.

Please update your website on this regard as currently it says otherwise.

sandandfoam
sandandfoam says:
Apr 20, 2015 05:05 PM

I called in to Lima in late Feb. 2015 from Puerto Lucia Yacht Club Ecuador, motor sailing all the way - its was a rough trip against wind and current and nasty fogs. Nothing has changed with regards to the above comments. I was hoping to get Arica Chile, which we eventually did, in one shot. However our alternator failed and the leech on the jib started to unravel plus we needed more fuel. The officials were just silly - miles of paperwork like Ecuador and ridiculous - 3 visits from the coast guards who photographed everything. The Sanitaria Maritime came for an "inspection" with wads of paperwork with a 4 men team complete with ear muffs and hard hats for inspecting a 36 foot sailing yacht for what?!.

Fortunately I had a read about the yellow fever injections and had the health booklet. A Chilean yacht that made a forced entry into YCP was heavily fined for not having the yellow fever booklet/injections and the crew arrested and interrogated for over 15 hours for spying!!Outrageous costs indeed. There is no yellow fever on the coasts.

The agent we used was Jorge Gardella he tried $500 USD fee but settled for $200 USD. At the Yacht Club no one speaks English, nor at Tanamar and no one responded once to any of the so called necessary VHF calls you are meant to twice a day when you enter Peruvian waters. The Yacht Club should lobby the government to stop treating yachts like bulk carriers.

The folk at the yacht club were OK. The restaurant was nice, there are new showers and the docking and re-fuelling man was exceptionally nice.

Michael Marshall
Sand and Foam

Legacy
Legacy says:
Jun 23, 2014 01:39 PM

Legacy (40') was at the Yacht club Peruano (YCP) in May 2014 coming from Puerto Lucia ,Ecuador. We motor/sailed with 2 stops (Talara, Bayovar) without going ashore, just to let the weather cleared. We tried to contact Tramar twice a day without success. Clearing in Peru was done by Jorge Romero recommended by Gonzalo Ravago (the very nice, good Samaritan from the club).$100 per week ( buoy + launch services) at the present no facilities as they are remodeling for 6 months.
Internet at the office. Fuel $5.86/ gal ($2 more than the local station) water on plus. Basics groceries next door with great panaderia ( bakery)
Cost of clearing in Peru is outrageous: $1 = 2.7 Soles
Sanitaria Maritima: 1724 Soles
Port authority $0
Migration 150 Soles ( for two)
APN $0
Total 1874 Soles or $694 but since we did not have a health booklet with all vaccinations including the yellow fever ( they insist on it) they charge a fine of 1350 Soles and also 160 Soles for vaccination ( that we did not have to take ...) all is stupid paperwork bureaucracy
Total In and Out 3645 Soles or $1350 including $100 for agent. You do not have a cruising permit for the coast. We left after 2 weeks at this rolly anchorage for Arica Chile

Mjeremy
Mjeremy says:
Oct 02, 2013 10:37 PM

Actualmente en Perú ay proyectos de construcción de Marinas para Yates .
http://gestion.pe/noticias-de-club-nautico-3836?href=nota_tag.
es una ayuda al navegante tener mas opciones de vicitar.

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