ESMERALDAS THE “GREEN PROVINCE OF ECUADOR”.
The province of Esmeraldas has 7 cantons with 430,000 inhabitants, 210,000 urban and 220,000 rural. The city of Esmeraldas has 130,000 and the canton has 180,000 inhabitants. The Esmeraldas province has 15,573.4 square kilometers of surface. Esmeraldas is also known as the “Green Province of Ecuador”. The seaport of Esmeraldas is important for the north of the country. The main economic activities are fishing, agricultural production and tourism in the province.
San Mateo de las Esmeraldas is a city in Ecuador, capital of the Province of Esmeraldas, in the northwestern part of the country. It is located 318 km from Quito. It has a population of 154 035 inhabitants in 2010. It is the eleventh most populous city in the country and one of the most important ports in Ecuador. It offers beautiful beaches with landscapes and warm climate. Its coast, as well as its ecological reserves, make it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, enjoying a favorable temperature throughout the year. His first settlement was on September 21, 1526 as San Mateo, by Bartolomé Ruiz.
Atacames is an Ecuadorian city, capital of the Atacames canton in the Province of Esmeraldas. It is located in the western area of the province, in the northwest of the country, with a population of 15,463 inhabitants, being the fourth most populated city in the province. Atacames is famous throughout Ecuador for having the largest natural beach in Ecuador and one of the closest to Quito; so that most of the inhabitants of this city make this spa one of the most popular and popular in the country. It has the largest hotel facility in the country. Many citizens visit its beaches on weekends and during the summer, especially in the parish of Tonsupa, where there are dozens of exclusive towers with their summer apartments. The influx of foreigners is constant during most of the year.