What to expect
This day tour in Manta will show you the richness of this Ecuadorian Region.
Learn about the story behind the Toquilla Straw Hats “Panama Hats.” Starting by walking through this famous Ecuadorian coastal landmark, the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, you’ll see the palm from where the weavers get the straws and the wildlife that inhabits there, like the howler monkeys.
The weaver Don Simon is considered the best Toquilla Straw Hat weaver in the World. He will let us get into his house, tell us his story, and explain and show us the process from straw to the final product.
At the end of the tour, we will visit Montecristi, the town where all the weavers take their hats to sell. Then, we will go to a shop where the hats are finished. You’ll see the last steps of the process and have the privilege of getting your customized hat. In Montecristi, we will also have a short museum visit and some time to splurge in the leading street stores.