Homero Ortega, Cuenca

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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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  • Although I'd been to Cuenca previously I had never visited Homero Ortega. I think this is a "must see" when in Cuenca. The history and details involved in making the "Panama Hat" is wonderful.  more »
  • Nice museum and factory with shop integrated. They have a huge choice of hats, from cheap to very expensive. They are really beautiful! Please note that this is the origin of the Panama hat so it is i...  more »
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  • 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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