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Great place to buy a hat!

They have all different hat styles and colors, and they'll customize your hat while you wait with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mbatraveler2019
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"Panama " hats are really 1000% Ecuadorian! REALLY!

Very interesting combination museum & shop.. They gladly show & explain the many steps of making... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Andrea S
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3 weeks ago
“Great place to buy a hat!”
Jul 21, 2018
“"Panama " hats are really 1000% Ecuadorian! REALLY!”
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Situated on the banks of the Rio Tomebamba, in the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador, the Barranco's Panama Hat Factory has been making quality panama hats for the last 68 years. The factory has become a popular place to visit (as listed in...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Larga Street 10-41, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have all different hat styles and colors, and they'll customize your hat while you wait with any ribbon you want! The prices range from $20 all the way to $180. You can also get a second removable ribbon for $2. Pro-tip, there is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mbatraveler2019
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Im a 6 year Cuenca resident and frequently tour visiting family members around the city. This is an abbreviated tour, conveniently located on Calle Larga. Its great for a group with a short time because you can hit the hat tour, the archeological museum and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank deborahsF6391YI
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Very interesting combination museum & shop.. They gladly show & explain the many steps of making the many styles they have to sell. They also welcome you to their upstairs viewing terrace where you can relax with a good cup of coffee. Highly recommend! No...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Andrea S
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Not sure what I was expecting, but if you're not looking explicitly to buy a hat, I would not recommend a visit. Pretty touristy, not much heart in the explanations, but hey, the hats are nice.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Benjamin H
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

We visited both this establishment and the Homero Ortega facility near the bus terminal and this place pales in comparison. It feels a little tourist trappy. In all honesty the entire experience including an extensive tour was much better at Ortega.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank dawern
Reviewed December 1, 2017

I am so happy that I went to this museum/shop. When you enter, you walk through the museum exhibit - there was no on on duty so we went inside and asked for a tour. They were extremely obliging and showed us through the whole...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank LittleIgor
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Just returned from an AWSOME 2 weeks in Cuenca and Puerto Lopez, and wanted to buy a real Panama Hat, but didn't want to spend a fortune on it. Got the hat that I really wanted and getting two. LOVE IT. Thank you so much

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank WheresLolo
Reviewed May 2, 2017

We came here, based on reviews we had read, to purchase a hat for my daughter. I am so glad that we decided to come here. Everyone in the store was so welcoming, from the salesperson who helped us try on twenty had to the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Denise S
Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

This place has wonderful Panama Hats in all colors and shapes. Their variety is limited if you have a special requirement such as a larger head. The price is very reasonable and they do customize if you give them enough time. One is also provided...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank My4pugs
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum twice to find the exhibit closed. The staff barely acknowledged us and you could tell they did not want to be there. I purchased a beautiful panama hat however was limited as most sizes are too small for us North American....More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank 247marco
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