Named Esmeraldas by the Spanish explorers who found the local natives bedecked with emeralds, this area of Ecuador is lush. Rainforests, tropical vegetation and mangrove forests, together with rivers and dense foliage make this province green in color and in conservation efforts. Until a few decades ago, the area around Esmeraldas was accessible only by sea. The only inhabitants for centuries were of the Tumaco/La Tolita culture that spread over the modern borders of Colombia and northern Ecuador. Its wild and remote inland areas, accessible only by canoe, make Esmeraldas the ideal staging ground for an epic river safari.

Puerto: Esmeraldas


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Shore excursions are not currently available for this port. If new shore excursions are developed, they will be added to this page once complete.

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