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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  • great ride this manufactures of carts, good for shopping and is a walk where he goes through several small towns but beautiful
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  • Nice to see how the oxen carts. Especially the wheels are very special and not to mention the painting. It is always worth a visit. If you are looking for souvenirs then you have here huge selection. Good quality but there is also a hefty price tag. All are generally anywhere in Costa Rica the best expensive souvenirs.
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  • With over 90 years of activity, the carts is a point worth a visit to get to know the culture and history of Costa Rica. Very interesting to visit the interior of the factory with machines that are triggered by a mill (that even a mill!) Visit highly recommended. Has gift shop very assorted.
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  • 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)...
  • Amazing shop, old world artist shop in the rear, a must stop in Sarchi!