At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more

Pacific coast: Visit the birthplace of the Panama hat

Visit the birthplace of the Panama hat

With a misleading name owing to old trading routes rather than its place of origin, you could be forgiven for placing the centre of the Panama hat industry about 1,000km too far north. But no, it really comes from Ecuador, where it has been popular for three centuries.

Montecristi is the birthplace of the Panama Hat and is still where the finest examples are made, although mass production has moved south to the city of Cuenca. The highest quality ‘Montecristis’ can hold water and even pass through a wedding ring.

Other ideas

Marine reserve

Visit Isla de la Plata

Humpback whale

Whale watching in Ecuador

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

Speak to an expert 020 8747 8315

Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america

We Love Latin America

  • A passion for the region runs through all we do
  • All our Consultants have lived or travelled extensively in Latin America
  • Up-to-the-minute knowledge underpinned by 35 years' experience

Full Financial Protection

  • Fully bonded and licensed
  • ATOL-protected
  • On your side when it matters
  • Book with confidence, knowing every penny is secure 

The Real Latin America

  • Our insider knowledge helps you go beyond the guidebooks
  • We hand-pick hotels with character and the most rewarding excursions
  • Let us show you the Latin America we know and love

Wanderlust Reader's Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Latin American Travel Association – Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Specialist Tour Operator 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award2013

British Travel Awards – Best Small Tour Operator Central & South America 2011, 2012

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator: 2010, 2011, 2012

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards– Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2009, 2010, 2012

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/destinations/ecuador/places-to-visit/pacific-coast/things-to-do/visit-the-birthplace-of-the-panama-hat

Page ID: {B81D62D3-8948-487E-B451-CBD1E8D98E39}

Page Name: visit-the-birthplace-of-the-panama-hat

Page Display Name: Visit the birthplace of the Panama hat

Page Template Name: T012-Activity

Page Template ID: {1C3DC5E2-9625-40B4-8DA8-8DE959FA4ADF}

Parent ID: {550994C6-265B-4E0E-A9CB-6EFF0526294D}

Parent Name: things-to-do

Parent Display Name: Things to do

Parent Template Name: T006-ThingsToDo-Place

Parent Template ID: {C7611AAD-8D6F-4D65-A35B-1EDD0CF924B0}