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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  • This place is well off the beaten path. My wife insisted we find the "source" of all the souvenirs. She wanted to give her money to the people who actually make the items. Whether or not the majority ...  more »
  • This is a truly amazing place where to see first hand where Carretas are made. You can witness everything from wood carving to traditional painting and the visit is free. Although, the prices at the s...  more »
  • We took a detour to 01:30 drive to discover this village, we have not been disappointed! The factory is authentic, artisanal, and workers take the time to give explanations and to engage visitors. No electricity, only a water mill. Very nice shop for souvenirs wooden authentic. Loved it!
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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
  • Definitely stop here if you get a chance
  • 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)...

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