Rio Cayapas

Rio Cayapas (also Rio Santiago) gives you access to another relatively unexplored corner of Ecuador, rich in nature and the different cultures of the Afro-Ecuadorians and indigenous Chachi Indians. The suggested trip below gives information on Borbon and Santa Maria, 3 hours up river, but there is a wealth of hidden spots in this area. The communities live off logging, agriculture and fishing here.

Traveling by boat makes a magical change to the usual bus trips so just sit back and watch the jungle swim by as you pass stilted communities perched on the river bank. The trips make for interesting bird and people watching. On longer trips you are likely to pass huge platforms of bamboo and logs transporting the wood down stream to the mills of Limones and Borbon. These structures tend to have a man at either end manouvering.

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Borders: 

North to Columbia, south to Manabi and Pichincha, east to Carchi, Imbabura and Pichincha, west to Pacific Ocean.

Population: 

450,000

Altitude: 

From the Pacific ocean to the highest peak near San Lorenzo

Capital: 

Esmeraldas

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