Esmeraldas River

The Esmeraldas River is a 210 kilometers (130 miles) river in northwestern Ecuador that flows into the Pacific Ocean at the city of Esmeraldas. Among its tributaries is the Guayllabamba River which drains Quito. Charles Marie de la Condamine sailed up it and then climbed the Andes Mountains when on the Ecuadorian Expedition that left France in May 1735.

Esmeraldas River
Esmeraldas River is located in Ecuador
Esmeraldas River
Mouth location in Ecuador
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates
0°54′14″N 79°39′27″W / 0.9040°N 79.6575°W / 0.9040; -79.6575Coordinates: 0°54′14″N 79°39′27″W / 0.9040°N 79.6575°W / 0.9040; -79.6575
Length210 km (130 miles)

The mouth of the river has extensive stands of mangroves, part of the Esmeraldas–Pacific Colombia mangroves ecoregion.[1]


  1. ^ Carlos Borda, Northern South America: Northern Colombia, WWF: World Wide Fund for Nature, retrieved 2017-06-19