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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  • We were able to get a nice tour of the old water-powered machinery used for woodworking. Also talked to the artists hand painting a lot of the crafts for sale in the shop, one of whom was working on r...  more »
  • My family came to visit Costa Rica and what better place to get souvenirs than Sarchi which is considered the birth place of local souvenirs. The store has a good amount of inventory with a small muse...  more »
  • The group I was with stopped here en route to Bosque de Paz. One person wanted to do some souvenir shopping for small items, which Fabrica de Carretas has, but it also has some very lovely ceramic war...  more »
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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
  • 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.
  • The place itself was beautiful but the prices in the gift shop are pretty expensive.
  • 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)...