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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  • The experience is based on the remembrance of a Costa Rican rural past. Gone are the days saw it every day through the narrow streets of San Jose and outside the colorful carriages pulled by a team of oxen. The carts decorated with multiple ups and downs of the brush, now are canvas for a souvenir of high cost. A piece of collection for the hordes of tourists who still are organized tours to come to see what is left of that tico past that tells people. Here everything is organized precisely commercial and corporate, mainly for North American tourism. You are taught and produced the entire series of wagons, wheels and parts and even many participate in a paint shop. A complimentary coffee you can drink while you are shown as the tools are moved by the power of a water mill and is carried away by the large number of souvenirs of all kinds, including those made of wood. Don't wait for bargains, because the constant demand keeps prices high, but if a nice piece on the place can be and no one can take that ride to the past.
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  • Sarchi is a town where neighbors work wood to a minimum detail. Her you can find handcraft wood in its maximum beauty. Sure you can buy wood products in San Jose or Moravia, but visiting Sarchi and le...  more »
  • Our PIckleball Costa Rica tour group stopped here for a tour of the cart making workshop. Our guide did an excellent job explaining the old ways that ox carts were made. It was fascinating and include...  more »
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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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