Must see attractions in North Coast & Lowlands

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    Tsáchila Communities

    The Tsáchila people number about 3000; their eight communities spread across a 10500-sq-km reserve around Santo Domingo. A community tour is available…

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    Museo Historico de Montecristi

    Revolutionary and two-time president Eloy Alfaro was born in Montecristi, and here is an amazing tribute to the man: a hilltop museum with a panoramic…

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    Reserva Ecologico Jama-Coaque

    We're hoping this reserve, 26 km south of Perdanales and 3km off the main highway, opens to tourism soon. Last we heard, Third Millenium Alliance (www…

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    Playa de Oro Reserva de Tigrillos

    Half an hour upstream from Playa de Oro, this 100-sq-km reserve is owned and operated by the community of Playa de Oro. It borders the Reserva Ecológica…

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    Tarqui Beach

    The east end of this stretch of sand is a hive of activity early in the mornings, as vendors sell row upon row of shark, tuna, swordfish, dorado and other…

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    Congal Bio-Station

    Only 2km from Muisne, this 6.5-sq-km marine reserve established by Jatun Sacha in 2000 focuses on mangrove conservation and organic aquaculture…

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    Playa Murciélago

    This beach is less protected than most beaches in the area and has bigger waves (although they’re not very big) along with a powerful undertow. It’s a…

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    Centro Cultural Esmeraldas

    This combined museum, library and bookstore contains materials ranging from recent local history to fine ceramics and gold work from the ancient Tolita…

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    Museo Arqueológico del Banco Central

    The fully modernized city museum opened in its current location in 2009, and showcases valuable artifacts from pre-Colombian Manta culture, a selection of…

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    Big Tuna

    An incomparable photo op: the city's iconic fish, a gargantuan albacore tuna (atún), with tin can attached.

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    Los Naranjos Community

    A stay at the Los Naranjos community includes meals, a tour, and a language class. If you're just coming for the day, the tour and an 'aura cleaning'…

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    Museo Arqueologica Playa Africa

    See a collection of more than 6000 pieces of artifacts from the region. Get off a northbound bus in Montalvo and ask for local transport (car or motorbike…

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    Malecon Las Palmas

    This new walkway along the bay features cell-charging stations, a skate park, a dozen food stands and the largest Ecuadorian flag you will ever see. A…

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    This Catholic Church frames Esmeraldas' main square.