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  • Excellent52%
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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
21 Jul 2018
“"Panama " hats are really 1000% Ecuadorian! REALLY!”
1 Dec 2017
“Buying a hat the main reason for going to Cuenca”
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
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Larga Street 10-41, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
+593 7-283-1569
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Reviewed 21 July 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

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 21 July 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.

Thank Benjamin H
Reviewed 2 January 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.

Thank Werner D
Reviewed 1 December 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

1  Thank LittleIgor
Reviewed 16 August 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

Thank WheresLolo
Reviewed 2 May 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

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 31 March 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

Thank My4pugs
Reviewed 30 March 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

Thank Larry W
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this place, also called "Museo del sombrero", to check-out the process in creating handmade "Panama hats" which are in fact originally from Ecuador. They also have a superb shop, where they assist you in getting the right size hat, and personalize it...More

Thank Gigi L
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Went here to see the museum, which is quite small and best to ask someone to give you a tour (which they will do...though not too apparent). I thought it was very interesting to learn how the hats are made...the entire process. You can get...More

Thank WorldTvlerParker_CO
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