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Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS -

Panama hats are made from paja to­quilla, which grows in Man­abí prov­ince on the Pa­cific low­lands. They are wo­ven ei­ther there or near Cuenca and fin­ished in fac­to­ries, mostly in Cuenca. The finest weaves come from the town of Mon­te­cristi and sell for four-fig­ure sums.

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