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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  • It is the only village in the country where you can see a little craft. This family factory presents the entire production of the famous carts, national emblems of Costa Rica. The joinery seems out of another era, and painters to decorate with minutiae wheels and armchairs. The exit store complements the visit.
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  • This was the excursion we chose through Norwegian Cruise Line for the one day we were in C.R. This was included as part of our coffee tour at Espirita Santo The tour of the ox-cart factory was very in...  more »
  • Sarchi is a great place to stop for a break on the way from San Jose to Arenal. It is a small town, with an attractive little center. It boasts the world’s largest ox-cart which is on display in the c...  more »
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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!