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Old 01-15-2013
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Cruising South America?

Does anyone have any experience with cruising South America, other than along the north coast? I just bought Jimmy Cornell's World Voyage Planner. Under it's influence, I'm wondering whether the 2-3 year cruise we're planning might include either a circumnavigation of S. America (through the Chilean canals, not around the cape) or maybe just up and down either the east or west coast.

It looks like the winds & weather should be easier to manage than slogging back to North America from the South Pacific. Europe might be an option instead though some of the routes for South America include popping over to the Med for 2-3 months which might be as long as we want to be in such an expensive area.
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Re: Cruising South America?

Here is a South Bound forum group who's entire focus is what you are asking about.

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Re: Cruising South America?

You have done your homework and found that it is not easy. Certainly going counterclockwise makes more sense since you will be with the trades in the Caribbean and along the northern shore of Brazil. From Panama you can go to Ecuador comfortably but south of there the Humboldt wins, plus there are very few ports in Peru. We went backpacking from Ecuador to Peru. Loved Ecuador and Peru is great for the famous spots. From Ecuador it makes sense to go the Galapagos and from there to Easter. After that I am not talking from personal experience. From Easter, several boats a year go to Valdivia or elsewhere in Chile which gets access around the Cape. A friend we met in Port Elizabeth from Brazil is setting up a rally to southern Brazil with a return north when winds and currents are best. Check here for resources BRally - Sailing from CapeTown to BRazilLost redirect
If you contact Silvio, tell him that Bruce says hello. Also Copacabana on SN can provide info. He is not on that often so PM might be best.

It is doable for sure but much more challenging than a standard circumnavigation. Main concerns would be weather, it is not a question of whether you will get pasted, just how often and how much. Also officialdom can be a real problem, even when they are being honest. Good luck.
Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Relatively few stops along the way from Grenada. Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin (must have something to do with the French food), then Bermuda, New England and up the Hudson/Erie Canal. We were going to go via Newfoundland and Labrador but June remembered that one of the kids is getting married this summer - details, details!
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Re: Cruising South America?

Suggest you read this blog from Sequitur. The went from Seatlle to Florida around the Cape. It is probably the best posting on Sailnet and will take hours to read but worth it to read from the beginning. The food descriptions and pairings are outstanding. They sailed the Brazilian coast are were none to impressed with their recption or the sailing conditions


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