Ecuador - Cuenca - Panama Hat Factory


Founded in 1557 on the site of an Inca settlement, Cuenca is home to some beautiful architecture. I enjoyed wandering the historical center’s cobblestone streets and seeing its flowering plazas, beautiful churches, and whitewashed buildings with old wooden doors and ironwork balconies. The Panama hat was invented in Cuenca, so I visited one of the hat factories to learn about the craft. The city has spring-like weather year round, and I spent my last afternoon in Ecuador enjoying some beers at an outdoor cafe near the Broken Bridge. Cuenca is my favorite city in Ecuador and I can envision myself joining its growing expat community someday.