Silversea Luxury Cruises A Esmeraldas

Located in the north western corner of Ecuador, Esmeraldas is the capital of the province of the same name and has been an influential port throughout the country’s history. Fishing and shipping are important industries, and an oil refinery provides additional income. European feet first touched Ecuadorian soil here, when the Spanish landed on the Pacific coast in 1526. The conquistadores were amazed to find natives bedecked in emeralds awaiting them on shore. Convinced that the region had an abundance of these brilliant gems, they named it Esmeraldas. View more

While there are no emeralds found here today, the province of Esmeraldas does live up to its nickname, the “Green Province”, thanks to its lush tropical and mangrove forests. There are plenty of beaches to the south of town frequented mainly by Ecuadorian tourists. Please Note: There are no organized shore excursions available in this port. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Pier 2 or 3, approximately one mile (about two kilometres) from the town centre. Taxis may be found at the pier exit. They charge a flat rate to town. Due to strict security, no shuttle buses are allowed to operate in this port. Shopping Esmeraldas is well known for its Artisans Market. Here, you can buy attractive handicrafts and often see some of the artisans at work. Best buys include Panama hats, local paintings, weavings and handcrafted figurines. Shops in town are open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The local currency is the U.S. dollar. Cuisine Esmeraldas’ restaurants offer a variety of fresh fish and seafood, as well as regional specialties. Caution: As in many ports, it is best not to wear valuable jewellery or carry large amounts of cash ashore with you. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.

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