One of the primary, albeit touristy, things to do is to see how Panama hats are made - they are only made in Ecuador. The less expensive ones are made in factories, but they still make the handmade hats at family factory compounds. The guide will explain the process to you - from the harvesting and boiling of the plants to the dying of the fibers...more
Most people who come from the cruise ship to Montecristi take either an excursion bus from the pier or they hire a cab. But I saw this local bus, so it seems that there is also a local bus network.
The roads appear to be in reasonable shape.
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. Although you can get some small souvenirs, the main thing to buy here is hats. The hats are more expensive the farther they...more
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. The Panama Hat !Un Panama ! About 100 USD for a regular one, but bargain for a better price !En gros 100 USD pour un panama moyen, mais vous pouvez...more
I don't know if it is true or not (because there are other reasons that it could be - like high water table or difficulty in digging), but the guide explained to us that the tombs were built above ground because the local people believed that would put the dead person closer to heaven - so that they would get there faster.more
Panama hats are really made in Ecuador. They originated in Montecristi. Spaniards are reported to have thought they were made of vampire skin. Gold seekers heading for the California gold rush picked up the Panama straw hats on their way out west. Fifty years later, workers on the Panama Canal found them as ideal protection against the tropical...more
This is a great book you must read before coming to Montecristi, the city of panamas...
C'est un super petit bouquin que vous devez lire avant de venir a Montecristi, la ville des panamas... Il existe une traduction en francais (difficile a trouver) : la route du panama (ou un truc dans le genre).
When we visited Montecristi, I tried to take photos from the bus of the town and surroundings. Some of them came out fairly clear. Some of them were blurred because I didn't give the camera time to focus or because the bus was moving too fast. They have the look of an impressionist painting. Some of them though were spoiled by reflections in the...more