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 is one of the best souvenir shops I've seen anywhere, and I travel a lot. The main display area is spacious, immaculately clean, very organized. Prices are in dollars and quite reasonable for the...  more »
  • The oxcart tour was one of my favorite stops on our tour. The oxcarts are still made by hand with the use of water power, then beautifully hand painted to the buyers specs.The building is decorated by...  more »
  • Nice place, excessively high prices in their crafts and souvenirs, nor give you a tour
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  • 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.
  • Very good tourist place for souvenirs. Wide selection of souvenirs. A tour of the factory can be arranged either in Spanish or English.
  • Fantastic place to stop in and take a tour of the workshop! We brought home several souvenirs from here and it was so cool to see artisans working.
  • Free tour explaining the creation of traditional oxcarts. There is another your you pay for learning how to paint an oxcart wheel, but must be scheduled. I'll say this is the best place to buy the best quality souvenirs in Costa Rica
  • 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

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