Pick up a woven straw hat and tour a hat museum at Homero Ortega, a manufacturer the famous Panama hats. Made from a specific type of palm frond that only grows on the coast of Ecuador, some Panama-type hats can take up to six months to make and can cost several hundred dollars. At this site, you can visit a workshop to learn about the complex production process and check out the museum charting the history of hats, presented through an array of tools, artifacts, and old photographs. Plan to visit Homero Ortega during your Cuenca vacation using our convenient Cuenca attractions planner.
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I was set on just purchasing a simple hat but after learning about the art of straw weaving in their museum, and seeing in-person the quality of the superfino, I fell in love with the soft... more »
I went to buy a hat and the ones I tried on were to large for my head. The women made several adjustments and even hand sewed my hat to get the perfect fit! I will buy more things from them in the... more »
Nice place to learn about the history of panama hats and the process of making them, but the prices in the shop are very clearly geared towards tourists who would not have the time or knowledge to buy a hat at a local market for a fraction of the price.
Just great people, hats, and smiles everywhere.
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