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Montecristi Panama Hat Tour

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Montecristi Panama Hat Tour

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Montecristi Panama Hat Tour

Montecristi Panama Hat Tour
This tour will take us along the main Manta coast road to the historic fish market, the base of the local economy, as well as the traditional wooden shipyard right on the beach. The daily life of fishermen hasn’t changed much in generations, and the huge wooden skeletons of the fishing boats being built are truly impressive.

Next, we will travel to the home of the famous Panama Hats, Montecristi. Sheltered at the foot of the Mountain is the town that saw the birth of these hats many generations ago. It was also the home and mausoleum of the country’s most famous president. We will learn about his colorful life full of revolution, intrigue and very dramatic disappearance. Your expert guide will take you through the Museum, the Mausoleum and some of the local artisan exhibits, before you have the option of walking along the wooden promenade into the city center or traveling by bus.

Once in the small city center, your guide will show you the workshops and shops of Panamanian hatters, as well as a wide variety of local artisan products. We can also see some of the latest examples of traditional wooden architecture in the central square next to the cathedral.

Now we will head to the quiet and picturesque coastal town of San Lorenzo. A favorite for gringos and locals alike. Here we will have lunch (lunch not included). Relax with a cold drink and order some local delicacies, such as fresh seafood. You can paddle, swim or walk along the golden coast or just relax and enjoy the beachfront view.

As a last point, we will visit a small chocolate shop where you can find different cocoa products, as well as other local products such as chili, rice wine, chimichurri and more.

When all is said and done, we’ll make a quick stop at the cliff overlook to take some lovely photos and then head back into town.

This is a lovely light activity tour. You can walk as much or as little as you like and all areas are wheelchair accessible.

We can do group or private tours upon request. We are very flexible if you want to mix things up and have a custom tour. Call us or send us a message and we will take care of everything.

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Reviews (11)

11 reviews for Montecristi Panama Hat Tour

  1. Kirsty B

    On our first day in Manta, this was a great way to get our bearings and experience an insiders view of local everyday cultural.
    Vince was our excellent guide – very knowledgeable and personable. My sister and I are older but had no problem keeping up with this day walking and bus tour.
    Go and get a real up close local experience- with delicious food and drink and history. Thank you Vince.

  2. Amy Nigel

    Our tour guide for the day was Angel. He was very friendly, had a great knowledge of all things Manta and made a great effort to get our group interacting. We had five in our group and it was a lovely number. Overall, the tour has the potential to be great but it was a very rainy day and we were not prepared to get wet.

  3. Kieran

    Our tour guide, Tom, was very knowledgable and pleasant to be with. My husband and I learned so much about the history of Manta. Tom was able to answer all of our questions about life today as well as historical heroes in Ecuador. We enjoyed the day very much–a great tour!

  4. Martin Shiner

    An amazing experience beyond what I expected. Our guide, Carolina, a University student, was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, personable and with impeccable English. We had a terrific lunch, and best of all really learned about Manta – the history and culture and how things work from a local. Highly recommended.

  5. Glen Ronalds

    My dad (retired) and I found ourselves an additional day in Manta and did this trip to fill the day, neither of us is big museum fans so this was the alternative but this was just right for us. Lots of open and spacious enviroments. It was not a strenuous walk so people of all ages can do this.

  6. Evelyn Steams

    Great walking tour. We went to montecristi today and met Bryan. He makes pthe panama hats with his family. He introduced me to his whole family. He even put one on and did a showed us how to where them and care for them. Very special to meet him

  7. Crystal

    We had a nice time on this tour. The only problem was the bus, which broke down coming back from the beach at the end of the day. We were very worried we would miss the ship’s departure. Thankfully they had a backup bus that picked us up within about 45 minutes and we were back on our way. Thanks to Tom for all his help. Very professional and friendly.

  8. Karen A

    We loved every minute of our time with a Eric. He knew answers to all of our questions and took us to a parade/festival that only happens once a year. We got to see and eat things that we would have never ever had a chance to see if we didn’t book this tour. It was worth every cent. Even my 21 and 18 year olds loved it! We did, however, get a nasty stomach bug after the tour, but I think that was our fault for eating the street food.

  9. Gemma R

    This experience was phenomenal. Our tour guide Chris, made sure my boyfriend and I had a blast from beginning to end. I got my hat at a bargain price too. The experience is authentic and full of great things to see, food to eat, and people to meet. Pura vida!

  10. Keia J

    I was a solo traveler that took this tour on 13th of Jan 2019. It was an amazing experience! Not only was this my first time in Manta it was my first international trip ever! I wish I could remember my guide’s name but he did an amazing job making me comfortable and explaining the history of the country. I will admit being from Atlanta, Georgia it was a bit of a culture shock but It was a very educational and fun way to explore the city and learn the culture. I definitely recommend this tour!

  11. Pat Bledsoe

    What a terrific tour. We walked the beach front and saw the local cuisine. It was amazing to see all the people and fish. From the waterfront, we headed off through the forest to a small town to see Artisan goods in the city. It was fabulous. off to the tour of the Panama Hat factory. We enjoyed lunch which was terrific. We enjoyed this trip.

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