Welcome to Esmeraldas
The cultural center highlights the various indigenous cultures which pre-dated the Spanish colonial era, as well as occasional concerts featuring Afro-Ecuadorian rhythms.
Tread carefully – the US State Department issued a travel warning in this province in April 2018 due to the kidnapping and murder of three Colombian journalists. The proximity to the border means drugs and violence are an issue, although often further north in San Lorenzo. This being said, a cautious entry into this rich cultural wellspring can yield unforgettable results.