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Homero Ortega, Cuenca

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Art Gallery Specialty Museum
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Homero Ortega by using our Cuenca trip itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • I vowed I wouldn't buy a hat, but of course I did. Interesting to see how they're made; surprising how affordable they are!  more »
  • There are many places to see and buy Panama hats in Cuenca, but this place is the real deal. All steps of the process of creating a hat, once the base is delivered to them from the weavers, take place...  more »
  • Panama hats don't come from Panama they come from Ecuador, and mainly from Homero Ortega. What a fascinating way to spend an hour or so. We were allowed to wander around and ask questions pretty much ...  more »
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  • 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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