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"Handycrafts" Top 5 Page for this destination Sarchi Tip by monica71

Sarchi, Costa Rica: 5 reviews and 13 photos

  Me in the store
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  • Me in the store - Costa Rica
      Me in the store
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  • Hand painted ox carts - Costa Rica
      Hand painted ox carts
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  • The nice gentleman painting my ox cart - Costa Rica
      The nice gentleman painting my ox cart
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  • I could not take my eyes from all the wood pieces - Costa Rica
      I could not take my eyes from all the wood pieces
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You can get really nice handcrafted souvenirs in Sarchi, especially if you stop by Taller Eloy Alfaro.
This is the only place in the country that is making the ox carts in a traditional manner. You can see people making the ox carts, carving wood bowls and wood sculptures and painting the ox carts by hand.

I got a nice wooden bowl with a lid (it's in our kitchen now with sugar in it) from here. I also asked the gentleman who was painting the ox carts by hand to paint one for me with the design I chose from a catalog. He was nice to do it and I had to come back in about 1 hour to get it. I paid about $7 for the ox cart (he did not charge me extra for it since all the ox carts are paid by hand anyway, but I gave him a $2 tip) and I can say that it is the best souvenir I got in a long time!

What to buy: wood bowls, wood carvings, jewelry boxes, hand painted ox carts

Address: in Sarchi
Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 29, 2008
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