Are you about to schedule a vacation to Ecuador? You don't know what place to visit? There are many tourist destinations that you can explore in Ecuador. For this reason, it's called the country of the 4 worlds. You visit several regions and ecosystems while in a single 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 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.
Within Manabí we have representative places. The Montecristi canton is one of these places, and is known as "La Cuna de Eloy Alfaro". Its recognized by the story that Eloy Alfaro lived here; his childhood, youth, and personal experiences. The remains of this revolutionary Ecuadorian are in the museum of the canton.
It's worth mentioning that since 2008 when the Constituent Assembly was built, commerce and tourism in the area was reactivated. This cultural center is visited daily by many national and foreign people.
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: Cerro Montecristi, Alfaro City, The Church of the Virgin Monserrat, and the Alfaro Museum. But this is not all, we can visit Montecristi for the tradition of its handmade crafts: wicker utensils, woolen clothes, wooden figures and straw hats. You must take a nice memory when you are in Montecristi. Consume Ecuadorian products and you will love them forever.
These hats are mistakenly called Panama Hats, but in reality they are called Montecristi hats because they are woven by the hands of Ecuadorian artisans. In 2012 it was recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This is the identity of Montecristi. These fine toquilla straw hats are recognized worldwide. More than one tourist comes to buy a hat. The price of this hat can vary, from $20 to $200. These are the most commercial prices.
In addition to buying the hats, the tourist also visits Montecristi to see how artisans weave these representative hats. The weavers make different degrees of tissue depending on the hat model. The fiber that is used to weave, makes the hat is even and symmetrical.
That hat is for sale in several stores in Montecristi. Many times we can find it in craft fairs. In other places we can also find these straw hats: Guayaquil, Quito, Loja etc. But there is nothing better than seeing how these hats are woven, and this can only be done in Montecristi.
The tourist can observe how the craftsmen weave the hats. They weave lying on a log of wood. 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's necessary to mention that to weave a hat it can take between 3 to 6 months.
The Panama Hat, 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 Manabitas. Manabí awaits you with the doors open. Enjoy the of Ecuador destinations.
Tourism in Ecuador is truly extraordinary. Travel Ecuador and know the wonders it has to offer tourists.