Buying a Panama Hat
This is a small "factory" where they make the hats. You can see the ladies who do the work and watch them make the hats.
What to buy: Panama Hats which strangely are not made in Panama but in Ecuador
What to pay: Anywhere from $20.00 to $200.00 dependent upon the quality (the tightness of the straw)
Fabricamos Bloques: Hat Factory
This was a small family factory compound which was on the ship's excursion. I suspect that not all of the products displayed were made here. But they gave demonstrations of how the hats were made and they had many for sale.
What to buy: Although you can get some small souvenirs, the main thing to buy here is hats. The hats are more expensive the farther they get from the manufacturing site.
What to pay: I wanted to buy some hats, but I was not prepared for having to use cash. So I could only buy the cheapest hat which was $25.00
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
There are so many... Il y en a tellement...: The Panama hat, of course ! Le Panama, bien sur !
Any shop you might find in Montecristi (except bakeries, maybe...) sells Panama hats !
Dans n'importe quelle boutique (sauf les boulangeries, peut-etre), vous pourrez trouver des Panamas en vente.
What to buy: The Panama Hat !
Un Panama !
What to pay: About 100 USD for a regular one, but bargain for a better price !
En gros 100 USD pour un panama moyen, mais vous pouvez toujours marchander...