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El Rancio

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El Rancio

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Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.1 °C

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 15:32 Local time
Tuesday 25
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 12 12 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
WSW 15
WSW 15
WSW 10
Wind State cross-
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El Rancio in Atacama is an exposed reef break that has very consistent waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Take care of Ledgy Urchins - Rocks - Pollution.

Chile wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Arica, Chile, 5 km from El Rancio.

IS AT (local time)

El Rancio Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Avenida Argentina Arica wx, 6 km from El Rancio.

light winds from the WNW

Air temperature
19.6 °C

Current weather near El Rancio

Overall El Rancio Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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Also see El Rancio surf quality by season and El Rancio surf quality by month.

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El Rancio Location Maps

El Rancio Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to El Rancio:

Tide stations nearest to El Rancio:

  • Closest tide station
    3 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    88 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    93 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    119 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    134 mi
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Ski Resorts closest to El Rancio:

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Town and city forecasts close to El Rancio:

  • Closest city location
    2 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Tacna (Peru)
    35 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Ilo (Peru)
    88 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Moquegua (Peru)
    99 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    121 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to El Rancio is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 18 km (11 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to El Rancio is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 51 km (32 miles) away.
El Rancio break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Rancio, Atacama. Use the tab navigation above to view El Rancio sea temperature, El Rancio photographs, El Rancio detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Rancio webcams, current wind from Atacama live weather stations and El Rancio tide predictions. The Chile swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Chile and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Chile wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around El Rancio.