Pile – Montecristi
4.5 hours approx.
Timing is adaptable to travelers’ needs (Cruise ship schedules)
From 65 USD per person
About this tour
With this half-day shore trip in Manta, experience the Art of Traditional Weaving of The Toquilla Straw Hat (Panama Hat Making) – A True Intangible Cultural Heritage declared by UNESCO.
Immerse yourself in the authentic story of the world-famous Panama Hat on this half-day cultural tour. You’ll journey to the tranquil village of Pile, home to some of the finest hat weavers, and meet Master Weaver Simón Espinal, recognized as the greatest artisan alive. Simón will share his story and demonstrate the intricate process of hat-making – an enduring tradition in his family and community for generations.
Watch in awe as Simón and local weavers transform simple strands of toquilla straw into elegant works of art. Try your hand at some of the techniques and get a true appreciation for the skill and patience required to craft these timeless hats. This hands-on experience offers an unparalleled glimpse into the heart and heritage of the Ecuadorian coastal region.
Complete your adventure in the charming town of Montecristi, where the final touches are put on the hats before being shipped around the globe. You’ll have the special opportunity to purchase your own customized Panama Hat hot off the press – the perfect memento of a memorable day embracing cultural traditions and connecting with the local community.
This shore excursion offers a one-of-a-kind experience of Ecuador’s living history and its celebrated craft. By supporting local artisans, you help preserve this UNESCO-recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage for future generations. An authentic adventure into the real Toquilla Straw Hats awaits!