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While it might be hard to believe at first, Panama hats really are made in Ecuador. Specifically in 2 areas – Monticristi (Coastal Region) and Cuenca (Sierra Region). After catching on in Europe in the 1800’s, huge shipments of the lightweight woven hat were destined for Paris, and were shipped through Panama – the last [...]

With at least a dozen major museums in Cuenca, there is lots to keep inquiring minds busy. The best, however, is also the largest museum in the city: Museo Banco Central del Ecuador (Central Bank Museum). Guide to Museo Banco Central del Ecuador, Cuenca Ecuador The museum includes exhibits featuring colonial artwork, walk-through displays of [...]

The attraction for many gringos, of traveling and living in a foreign country, is the thrill of traditional open markets. When we first arrived here, we heard everything from: “everything is so cheap” and “its such nice / fresh / beautiful / unique products here” to “don’t go there – you’ll get robbed or mugged” [...]

Remember: Visa requirements can and do change frequently. Please check with your local consulate or an immigration lawyer here in Ecuador before finalizing your trip/move to Ecuador. Entry Requirements and Visa Options Ecuadorian visas aren’t required for up to a 90 day stay, for citizens of United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, [...]

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