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Port of Entry
05°04.700'S, 081°07.000'W Chart icon.png
lat=-5.078333 | lon=-81.116667 | zoom=15 | y

A well-protected but filthy harbour full of hundreds of mostly wooden fishing vessels, many sitting in their own oil slicks and sewage. The smells and noise from the fish loading and processing plants are overpowering. There is a known extremely high crime rate here. Clear all items from deck, including life raft, life buoys, boathooks, sail sheets, anchors not in use. Hoist dinghy and secure with lock and chain. If possible, maintain a 24-hour deck watch. Strongly recommend not stopping here, but continuing on to Callao, if southbound or into Ecuador if heading north.


See Peru.


See Peru.


See Peru.


See Peru.


Open and easy approach.


Paita is a port of entry for Peru. For details see Entrance: Peru.

Report to Autoridad Portuaria Nacional. You will need an agent.

Warning: Do Not Use Liliana Huancayo nor her company, Port Logistics. She charged US$983 for an incomplete clearance, the entire cost of which should have been S/598, about US$215. We had our dinghy and motor stolen while we were clearing in, and Sequitur's decks were stripped of all safety and deck equipment. The water taxi Liliana then organized for us wanted to charge US$240 for shuttling us the quarter mile to and from our boat eight times. --Sequitur


You have to anchor off.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Well-protected but smelly anchorage next to several hundreds of fishing boats and a fish processing plant. Very foul bottom, covered with discarded lines, nets and other jetsom.


Water ?
Electricity None conveniently available
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Fuel Fuel Barges in Anchorage. We got clean diesel from Chata Tamy
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs ?
Internet We could not find wifi anywhere, and nobody had heard of an Internet cafe. Internet shops are full of kids, and it was difficult to convince the owner to let us connect our laptops
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


  • Great fresh produce market in southeast quadrant of the city.
  • There are many ATMs in the centre of town. BE VERY CAREFUL: All ATMs we saw had a line-up of eight or ten people waiting for the machines. We were always quickly 'promoted' up the line to its head. All the PIN view guards were broken off. It appears that most of the people in the line-up were criminals-in-waiting, watching for an opportunity.

Eating out

A poor selection of cheap diners is all we could find.


List transportation (local and/or international.)



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

No places of touristic interest that we could find. It is strongly recommended by us and several other cruisers to whom we have spoken that you do not stop in Paita, unless in an emergency, and even then, look for other alternatives.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



'See Peru.


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  • Another boat we later met in La Punta reported having had their dinghy and motor stolen as they anchored overnight near Paita while in transit from Ecuador to Callao, Peru. Another boat reported having an engine failure and being towed into Paita by the Guardia Costera, then later being fined for not reporting to the Guardia Costera their arrival in Paita.
  • This blog post gives full details on our visit: Sequitur

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