The Panama Hat Trail – Format: Kindle Edition
Critically acclaimed author Tom Miller reveals the making and marketing of one Panama hat, from the straw fields of Ecuador’s coastal lowland to a hat shop in Southern California. Along the way, the hat becomes a literary device allowing Miller to give us his impressions from the tributaries of the Amazon to the mountainsides of the Andes. The Panama Hat Trail is at once a study in global economics and a lively travelogue.
An intriguing fact to note is that the finest Panama hats are crafted in Montecristi, Manabí, Ecuador, a location conveniently located just over an hour away from CoCo Bongo Hostel and highly recommended as a must-visit destination.
In my opinion, this is the best book on Ecuador.