Sarchí Crafts

Sarchí Crafts

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Sarchí, Alajuela, | (506) 2454-4411, Costa Rica
Sarchí Crafts in Costa Rica
Courtesy of Costa Rica Tourism Board
Type of shop
Antiques or collectibles, Art, Gifts or curiosities
Features
Artisanal/handicrafts

The town of Sarchí is Costa Rica's crafts hub, and some 200 individual shops and studios sell every imaginable ware: painted boxes and trays, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and carved-wood utensils. Once you get away from the center of town to its outskirts, you’ll see where the crafts are actually produced. The most famous shop is the Joaquín Chaverri Oxcart Factory, which opened in 1902 and is recognized as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s iconic brightly painted oxcarts. Fortunately, there are many small items like miniature cart replicas created with similar painting techniques. Unlike the oxcarts, these will fit in a suitcase.

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