Manabi Diversity Route: Panama Hat Making and Forest Excursion

16 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Pickup Service
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 7 hr

Immerse yourself in the culture, nature, and history of Manta. Visit the workshop of Don Simon, widely renowned as the master artisan who weaves the finest Panama hats in the world. His hats are considered a pinnacle of Panama hat craftsmanship. Explore the lush rainforest of Pacoche and spot howler monkeys in their natural habitat. Pacoche offers a glimpse into the vibrant diversity of Ecuador's tropical forests. Learn about Ecuador's history of revolution in Montecristi, considered the birthplace of Panama hats. This picturesque town is also home to hat ateliers where you can learn about the final process of hat making. Treat yourself to an authentic Panama hat or intricate handwoven crafts as coveted souvenirs of your Ecuador adventure.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Narwell Tours

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Your journey begins with a convenient pick-up from Manta, followed by a picturesque drive along the iconic "Spondylus Route," a breathtaking coastal escape that leads to the charming village of Pile, home of the best Toquilla Straw Hats makers, better known as Panama Hats.

Duration: 50 minutes

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Weave your way into the universe of Don Simon, master artisan and weaver of the finest Panama hats, revered worldwide for their unparalleled craftsmanship and style. His iconic creation has graced the heads of world leaders, Hollywood stars, and global jet setters. A visit to his atelier is a voyeur's pass into the intrigues of hat-making, Ecuadorian style.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pacoche Wildlife Refuge

Venture into the humid forest of Pacoche Reserve, home to howler monkeys and a kaleidoscope of tropical life.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

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Experience the delectable cuisine of the Ecuadorian coast at an authentic, locally-owned restaurant situated right on the beach.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Montecristi

The charming town of Montecristi offers an unforgettable experience for tourists seeking a taste of authentic Ecuadorian culture. Known for its world-renowned Panama hats, Montecristi is a must-visit destination for those interested in traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. Here we will learn about the revolutionary spirit of the Ecuadorian people in the Museum of Ciudad Alfaro and Mausoleum and visit a Panama Hat atelier to see the final process of hat making.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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