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 Chile - Profile

Facts

  • Chile is a 2600 mile (4185 km) long strip of land that stretches from the Andes to the southern tip of South America. This southernmost tip is 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. Significant parts of the coastline are mountainous or rocky with no seaward access.
  • 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 report never locking their boats. Dinghies 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.

Chile, Northern Patagonia, Chiloe Island: Boarded at Night - February 2018

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. Avoiding large, rowdy crowds is a good practice wherever you travel.

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

MaryanneWebb
MaryanneWebb says:
Feb 02, 2018 11:37 AM

In January 2018 we arrived in Chile (Puerto Montt) and were concerned about what on board provisions would be removed (by the Health inspector). We were greatly relieved when ALL our dried food (chickpeas, lentils, spices, nuts) were considered OK, and even our one bottle of honey was OK (the officer explained he would only confiscate the honey if there were several bottles). All our tinned fish/meats were OK, our butter (in fridge) and cheese (in fridge) OK. We had already used up our fresh provisions, but I believe any fresh fruits, veg, and eggs would have been removed (if we had had any).

MaryanneWebb
MaryanneWebb says:
Feb 02, 2018 11:16 AM

Email to SAG required prior to arrival in Chile (Puerto Montt, possibly other areas).

We arrived in Chile (Puerto Montt) from NZ in late January 2018. We had completed all the SAG paperwork indicated and had it printed out and ready, and had emailed in advance the notifications of our ETA to the local and national Armada - we thought we'd done everything required.

However on our SAG inspection we were given a citation for not having complied with the rule that we should have reported in advance of our arrival all countries visited in the last 24 months (with dates). We could find nothing that indicated this was required of us online (unless this was a rule based on an invasive moth and we'd visited Korea/China/Japan areas during their egg laying season?) - but we were requested to appear at a hearing (which turned out to be just hanging out in the lobby to hand over our 'apology' letter) - this was a big worry, requiring a visit to an office somewhat out of town, and an extra day of officialdom we weren't expecting..

To avoid this, we suggest those following in our footsteps and entering the country via Puerto Montt - email their last 24 months of countries (with dates) to the SAG offices (and have their log books available to inspect).

So 48 hours before you arrive (we were told both 24 and 48 hours – so play safe and make it 48 hours – and in addition to the Armada emails) - send an email to SAG listing your last 24 months of countries visited (along with your boat name, and details). For Puerto Montt arrivals we were told this info must be sent to these two email addresses:

* [email protected]
* [email protected]

I’m not sure if other ports enforce this rule, but other emails can be found at the SAG website (http://www.sag.cl/directorio-oficinas)

• SAG website - http://www.sag.cl/ambitos-de-accion/medios-de-transporte-0 (for maritime transport) shows a form (el Aviso de Recalada de Nave) for which the link does not function, so we were unable to print/view it.
• We checked the SAG website and found no mention of the requirement except with regard to the “gypsy moth Asian race (PGRA)" (Resolución 4412 EXENTA). And our understanding is that this rule did not apply to us, since we have not been in the infected areas (but we could not convince SAG of this).

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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