What to expect
With this Shore Excursion live the true story of the Toquilla Straw Hat, known globally as “Panama Hat”.
From the palm tree sources in the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, passing by the community of Pile where the best weavers are based, and to finalize you will see the final stages of hat-making at Montecristi, where the hats are finished and sold.
You will get in touch with the community of Pile where the finest hats you could find are woven. Get to meet Simón Espinal or just Don Simón as we like to call him. he’s recognized as the best weaver alive, as his hats are sold in the international market for 20-25K USD. He will tell us his story and reveal the process of making the admired hats. You’ll see all the stages from beginning to end with hands-experience in hat-making.
End your day in the charming town of Montecristi where you will find ornaments to entice the traveler.