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Jungles, mangrove forests, quaint fishing villages, and stunning beaches run the length of more than 2,000 kilometers of Ecuador's coast. Generally, the region is warm and humid with temperatures averaging 25 degrees C (76 F) to 31 C (90 F).
Esmeraldas, the "Green Province" sits in the northwestern corner of Ecuador and is filled with roots which span the globe that come together amidst jungle, river, and sea. This intriguing nexus of people and ecosystem are the essence of the province of Esmeraldas, and its primary allure for the visitor.
The Manabi Province, located south of Esmeraldas, features the towns Puerto Lopez, Montanita, San Clemente and Bahia de Caraquez, Machalilla National Park and the near perfect beach of Los Frailes! Unquestionably the best beach on all of South America's Pacific Coast with and plenty of wildlife.
Machalilla National Park is a real gem. The main section of the park protects a full range of vegetation from arid scrub, tropical dry forest near the sea, moist forest, all the way up to a true cloud forest. It is great for hiking, birdwatching and just being out and about. Within the park the indigenous Manteno community of Agua Blanca welcomes visitors. Volunteers show you their village and the smallholdings where they grow grenadines, papaya, mango, oranges, limes, maize, chilli and much more. At the river the village laundry is washed by hand using the fruit of the barbasco tree as a soap.