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Esmeraldas

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Esmeraldas, home of the largest Ecuador‘s Afro-Ecuadorian community, is located in the northern of the coast region on the border with Colombia. This province has 534,092 inhabitants and has one of the most unique gastronomic offers in the country. The tallest mangroves in the world, saltwater-resistant trees that grow near the rivers mouths occupy its coasts.

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Esmeraldas is located in the northwest coast, popularly known as the Green province. Its capital which has the same name is one of the main ports of Ecuadorand a terminal of the Andean pipeline is located there as well. This has an airport for national and international flights (flights to Cali).

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Its main attractions are its beaches – especially the beaches located in its southern area as well as the Cayapas Mataje ecological reserve, in the north areas; all of it makes this province one of the touristic destinations most visited in the country. Esmeraldas has mangrove forests which are the tallest in the world, which are located in the north of the province (San Lorenzo) near the borderline with Colombia. It is also known, for being the afro Ecuadorian territory; the marimba, one of its identifying cultural expressions.

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Route from Ibarra: Ibarra, San Lorenzo, Borbón, Esmeraldas.
Route from Quito: Quito, Los Bancos, La Independencia, Esmeraldas via Santo Domingo – Quininde.
Route 2 from Quito: Quito, Santo Domingo, La Concordia, Esmeraldas.”

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The journey starts from the northern area of Ibarra. In San Lorenzo you will find unique forests, fauna and flora representative of the Mataje mangroves, waterfalls, rivers and creeks, after that you will arrive to Las Peñas beach. The journey will continue until arriving to the Muisne beaches. .

Distances

Quito: 318km
Guayaquil: 472Km
Ibarra: 433Km

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    Getting to know Esmeraldas and its enchantments

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    Cayapas Mataje Mangroves Ecological Reserve

    This reserve custody both the diversity that exists as the ancient millenary traditions of the…

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    Ecological Reserve Mache Chindul

    The reserve protects the rain forests and dry forests that surround and cover the Mache…

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    Esmeraldas River Mangrove Estuary Wildlife Refuge

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    Delight with encocado at the beach of San Lorenzo

    One of the delights of this place is the encocado. Those who prepare it are…

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    Enjoy a delicious ‘bolón de verde’ from Esmeraldas

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