Posted by: catamarantwooceans | March 7, 2017

Puerto Amistad–Ecuador

A few words about Puerto Amistad; it is actually a moorings marina with its shore compound comprised of a dinghy dock, an office, toilets and showers, a laundry room and a bar restaurant which we found to be good and inexpensive.

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                             some of the moored yachts

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                                          the shore facilities

The tides in the Chone river can be very fierce, especially after high water when the outgoing tide joins the natural flow of the river. We saw 2.5 knots boat speed when tied to the mooring and had all sorts of debris swept and being stuck on our mooring lines until the tide changes direction.

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The people working in the marina (or yacht club as they call it) are all very nice and friendly. Raquel at the office is especially helpful, although she speaks only Spanish; Juan, who does speak English, is a bit less efficient but full of good will. Ariosto, who was our pilot for the entry, is a man of all trades. If you need fuel or water – he is your man. We saw him one evening manning the restaurant’s grill, cooking hamburgers. The man is married and has three children.

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                        Juan

We did not meet the owner – Gene Tatum – who was in the States while we were there, but were in contact with him by e-mails and he too was very helpful.

Bahia encountered a devastating earthquake last year which according to one of the people we spoke to ruined a third of the town. One is able to see a lot of damaged buildings, like the one below.

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Generally the town is not an affluent one, although we could see some nice houses, mostly with metal bars fences protecting them, you can imagine the cause for that.

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We were surprised to find a shopping mall a walking distance from the marina, with a big, modern supermarket; this will be great for provisioning before our trip west.

Having arrived at Ecuador two days ahead of our original plan we thought of maybe doing a little land tour. Alas, we found out that the distances and transportation facilities did not allow visiting some of the many interesting sites in that country. Shimon, who planned to leave Ecuador a few days after our planned flight to Peru took a bus to Quito and would take some tours from there. We used the time to work on the boat, cleaning and doing things that were on the never ending, self-replenishing list of jobs. One of the important items was the repair of the starboard big alternator. There is an electrical technician, specializing in alternators in Bahia. His name is Walter and the marina people call him “Maestro Walter”. He came over less than ten minutes after we called him on the phone, took the alternator apart and gave a diagnosis. The stator had to be replaced. The next day he came over with a new one as well as some new diodes, put it back together again and it worked perfectly. 

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                   The Maestro at work

The parts were rather expensive but Walter hourly rate was a very reasonable 20$. The main thing was – I had my starboard alternator back.                                 Walter’s phone is 099 445 7682, he impressed me as a real pro.

On March 5th we took the Reina Del Camino bus for the five hours drive to Guayaquil. The next day will see us flying to Cuzco, Peru, for a trip in the ancient Inca kingdom.  

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