Montecristi is the commercial centre of Panama hats. People here work at finishing and selling hats and offer different souvenirs made with straw, vegetable ivory and ceramics.
Manta is the 4th largest town of Ecuador and a major port. Here you will find a couple of shopping centers with photo and clothing shops, cash machines, drugstore and supermarket, etc. A small, but interesting museum tells you about previous civilizations of the coast.