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Straw hats, a tourist attraction of Montecristi

By on February 21, 2018

Do you want to go on vacation and do not know where to go? Do you want to go to a place where you can enjoy the beaches, countryside, and cold areas? In Ecuador there are many tourist destinations that you can explore, that’s why it is called the country of the 4 worlds. You visit several regions and ecosystems while in one country.
In this case we are going to focus on the Costa region and province of Manabí. In Manabí we can find beautiful beaches where you can go to visit with your partner, friends and family. The beaches of Manabí every year receive thousands of tourists for the large amount of marine fauna that it has, and also for the tradition of the people and the exquisite gastronomy. Come to Manabí, explore it.
One of the places most visited by tourists is the Montecristi Ridge, known as the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro, known for the history that Eloy Alfaro lived here; his childhood, youth, and personal experiences. The remains of this revolutionary Ecuadorian are in the museum of the canton.
Montecristi is 12 kilometers from Manta. Here there is a lot to travel and learn: history, tradition and culture. The places we can visit are: Montecristi Hill, Alfaro City, The Church of the Virgin Monserrate, and the Alfaro Museum. But this is not all, we can visit Montecristi for the tradition of its handmade crafts: wicker utensils, wool clothes, wooden figures and straw hats. You have to take a nice memory when you are in Montecristi. Consume Ecuadorian products and you will love them forever.
These hats that are woven by the hands of Ecuadorian artisans are mistakenly called Panama Hats, but in reality they are called Montecristi hats. In 2012 it was recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This is the identity of Montecristi. The fine straw hats are recognized worldwide, and more than one tourist comes to buy one. The price of this hat can vary according to the degree of the fabric, there are from $ 20 to $ 200 and others that exceed $ 1000.
Something that attracts a lot of attention to tourists when they visit Montecristi is to see how the craftsmen weave these representative hats. The weavers make different degrees of fabric depending on the hat model. The fiber that is used to weave makes the hat even and symmetrical.
The tourist can observe how the craftsmen weave hats reclining on a wooden trunk. They are skills that come from generation to generation. The foreigner always takes pictures of the craftsmen weaving and the materials they use for this practice. It is necessary to mention that to weave a fine hat it can take between 3 to 6 months.
The hat of Panama, although it is woven in Montecristi, has its descendants in Pile. This town is known for the cultivation of toquilla straw. Come and enjoy with your loved ones these traditions of Manabitas. Manabí awaits you with the doors open.
Tourism in Ecuador is truly extraordinary. Travel first Ecuador and know the wonders it has to offer tourists. Ecuador, your place in the world.
Tell us at the bottom if you would visit Ecuador, and if you like toquilla straw hats.

About Jean Chavez