This trip to the lush interior of Esmeraldas Province is an adventure like no other. You will find yourself entering a culture isolated from the rest of the world for most of its history. Because of its seclusion, the settlement of Santo Domingo on the banks of the Onzole River has created a singular, thriving community based on longstanding traditions handed down undiluted. Legend says that the original settlers were escaped African slaves. They banded together in prior centuries and lived in secrecy for generations.