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Destination: Becal

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Getting to know Becal

Imagine a town where everyone works the same job! The people of Becal (the Becalenos) manufactured the famous straw hats (jipis) worn by migrant workers who built the Panama Canal. These “Panama Hats” (actually made in Mexico) are crafted from a delicate palm called jipijapa, whose slim fronds can be woven into nearly 25 strands per square inch, making the Panama Hats resilient as well as beautiful pieces of craftsmanship. Since the jipijapa fronds become brittle if they are allowed to dry, Becalenos weave their jipis in special limestone basements that maintain a constant humidity, keeping the fronds supple.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Victory guests will stop in Becal en route between Campeche and Mérida to learn how an entire town comes together to support their industry. A visit to a local artesania will demonstrate weaving techniques that have shaped the history of this iconic American hat.

Destination: Becal

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Getting to know Becal

Imagine a town where everyone works the same job! The people of Becal (the Becalenos) manufactured the famous straw hats (jipis) worn by migrant workers who built the Panama Canal. These “Panama Hats” (actually made in Mexico) are crafted from a delicate palm called jipijapa, whose slim fronds can be woven into nearly 25 strands per square inch, making the Panama Hats resilient as well as beautiful pieces of craftsmanship. Since the jipijapa fronds become brittle if they are allowed to dry, Becalenos weave their jipis in special limestone basements that maintain a constant humidity, keeping the fronds supple.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Victory guests will stop in Becal en route between Campeche and Mérida to learn how an entire town comes together to support their industry. A visit to a local artesania will demonstrate weaving techniques that have shaped the history of this iconic American hat.

More about Becal…

Becal sits on the northern border of Campeche, a state known for its extraordinary Mayan ruins, opal beaches, and nuanced cuisine. The old Camino Real (Royal Road) passes through Becal on its way from the port of Campeche to the provincial capital of Mérida, making this famous little city an excellent stopping place to experience Campeche hospitality, cuisine, and handicrafts.