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. Arrange your visit to Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sarchi using our Sarchi holiday planner .
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  • I'm a souvenir hound. Wherever I go I have to bring back something for my best friends, which sometimes I wind up keeping for myself! This oxcart factory with local artisans producing bright, colorful...  more »
  • The craftsmanship of the woodworkers and painters here is amazing. You can wander through and watch the men in the wood shop and see the people hand painting items. Very well stocked gift shop. Some b...  more »
  • A beautiful place where you can buy fond memories and the staff super friendly. They showed us some precious natural wood tables manufacturing and we could see how they painted handicrafts. Beautiful murals and beautiful to buy and take pictures.
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  • Quite simply a national treasure. This should be in the must see list of you care about history, craftsmanship, or artisans. Also go see the world's largest of cart built by this shop in the town square. You even get to tour the shop and see real craftspeople at work.
  • Oxcart factory. Very interesting. Folks are hand painting the wheels and other trinkets. Interesting shop where all the parts are made. Beautiful place!
  • Very cool. You can visit a workshop built almost a hundred years ago, still powered by a water wheel. It was fascinating to see how they made (and still make) the traditional Costa Rican carts. In addition to the wood workshop, there was the painting studio and you can observe the artists hard at work. Since all the carts are still hand made, a full-sized one takes up to 500 work hours to complete. And they're all gorgeous. There's also a HUGE gift shop, a real treasure trove of gift ideas. My Christmas shopping is done! The Fabrica includes a cafeteria above the gift shop with decent food for reasonable prices. The facilities were clean.
  • It's a good place for tourists to find souvenirs. A restaurant upstairs to eat and rest.
  • Very interesting place to get to know all about the traditional Costa Rican ox-carts
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