Esmeraldas is ugly, dangerous and dirty, and there's really no reason to stay here. Most tourists just spend the night (if they have to) and continue southwest to the popular beach destinations of Atacames, Súa and Mompiche.While you're here, stop to grab a seafood lunch along the malecón (waterfront) and check out the cultural center, where you can learn about the Spanish Conquistador's first Ecuadorian landfall,...
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