There is a smaller but conveniently more on the tourist trail Panama hat manufacturer in historic downtown Cuenca, which simply goes by the ‘Museo del Sombrero’. It’s not as extensive as Homero Ortega, but for those who have no time and energy to drive out to the airport area, this small shop will give a good idea about the basics of the manufacturing process. Seems like they punch out quite a few funky colour ones if you feel like walking down the street with a gloving head. But if you are hungry for more hat, do visit the Homero Ortega one too.

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