Lonely Planet Writer

Mexico's Papal visit celebrated with a sombero fit for a pope

When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he can expect a warm welcome and plenty of gifts from well wishers, including that most (stereo)typical of Mexican souvenirs, a sombrero.

Pope to be welcomed to Mexico with a sombrero.
Pope to be welcomed to Mexico with a sombrero. Image by cotaro70s / CC BY-SA 2.0

This sombrero is no cheap tourist version though. This one has been made by sombrero-makers-to-the-rich-and-famous, the Salazar Yépez family. Based in the small town of San Francisco del Rincón, northwest of Mexico City, the family have been producing sombreros for 60 years and has gifted them to previous popes on their visits. Francis’ special hat took around 45 days to make and was commissioned by a Mexican businessman at a cost of around $800.

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