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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  • September 28, 2017
    Had a wonderful time touring the factory and learning its history. Many celebrities had bought hats there and some were made for many movies like Pretty Woman. In there showroom they let men and women...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Site of the famous Panama hats actually made in Ecuador, they are made in local communities and here receive finish, going on U $30 hats to 300, depending on the fiber and finishing.
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  • September 19, 2017
    It is worth spending an hour to visit this workshop amazing where are made the famous Panama Hart hats, because it has not changed in decades and depend exclusively on a meticulous artisanal process.
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  • July 5, 2017
    You get to see how the hats are made from raw materials to the really fine quality finished products. Very interesting.
  • March 16, 2017
    Very interesting. Well implemented facilities to visit. The guide was the granddaughter of the duel of the company and knew the script well. Very nice shop
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  • July 16, 2017
    Excellent
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Extremely popular with international visitors and expats, Cuenca features the sizeable range of hotel options you might expect from a renowned tourist destination. Scores of hotels and bed and breakfasts line the streets of the city's old town, many of them occupying historic mansions and homes restored to their former glory. The larger, more upscale hotels in the city center tend to offer onsite restaurants and other amenities, while cheaper hostels feature little more than bunk beds in exchange for much lower rates. However, keep in mind that Cuenca's popularity has a flip side, as the large foreign presence makes for higher prices than elsewhere in Ecuador and also large fluctuations in cost depending on the season.
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