Playa de Oro © Jenny Chavez

Playa de Oro

Playa de Oro is an Afroecuadorian community found near the Santiago river, made up of 50 families of which the majority are dedicated to agriculture, hunting, fishing and the extraction and sale of wood products from the forest. Their history dates back more than 400 years and is one of the oldest communities of Esmeraldas. Their intimate relationship with the forest is demonstrated through their music, traditions and legends.


The community offers ecological cabins for up to 20 people, constructed using local, natural materials. The visitor will discover the mysteries of the forest through local paths, through their relations with the community and develop an awareness of the ancestral culture in the company of specialist native guides.