Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, Sarchi

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The sight of brightly colored Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro immediately brings a smile to your face. See beautiful ox carts, chairs, tables, and other wooden products made with passion and skill as you wander the site. Intricate, boldly colored ornaments capture the true spirit of the Caribbean, and the friendly craftsmen will happily answer your questions about their works. The ox carts made onsite are still manufactured using traditional techniques, keeping the same look they had when people used their distinctive designs to identify one another as they crossed paths. The souvenir shop offers a variety of equally beautiful wooden artworks, but of a more convenient size to carry. Using our world travel planner, Sarchi attractions like Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I took my 6 & 8 year olds to this Fabrica this past month. What was supposed to be a pit stop visit ended up being a many hour visit. Everyone was so engaging - the artist, the manager/tour guide. The...  more »
  • The place is about an hour from San Jose, depending of the transit. The staff is super friendly, and the place is beautiful, very typical Costa Rican. The prices are a little more expensive that in the market of handicrafts from San Jose, but are not bad. They have a huge variety of handicrafts typical, as well as coffee and local spirits. They accept credit cards, including AMEX, and have Wi-Fi available for customers with excellent speed. They have a good parking. Don't forget to try the Guaro!
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  • A shop where an original factory of the last century and they gave us the explanation of the craft super process and we decided to buy several articles in the area for memories. Congratulations to the staff all super kind.!
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  • Loved the different item they had in the store. At first I thought the item were not so cheap but compared to the rest of the country their prices were ok. Good service they were very nice and helpfull
  • went there with our cruise excursion team the price of the souvenier was reasonable and the quality was good the restaurant on the 2nd floor provided good quality foods as well in general worth to come by
  • Definitely stop here if you get a chance
  • A pretty typical gift shop/tourist trap. However, the art outside is beautiful. The art class is fun and the teacher is great. The food upstairs is good but expensive. Overall, better than most of the gift shops.
  • This store / souvenir manufacturing facility is large and very well stocked. All the wood articles are (as far as I know) certified to be made in Costa Rica. You can walk to the back of the property where some artisans are working on their products. They have a lot of choice, and their prices are ... fair. Nothing amazing, but no rip-off. Unfortunately this place has gotten enough publicity that it is now on the tour companies' radar, so there are tour buses that actually stop here (flooding the store with tourists)...

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