The Town of Oxcarts: Sarchí


Sarchi is located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It is known for being the country’s largest producer of oxcarts, as well as for the great designs they have.


For more than a century ago, it has been producing colorful handmade oxcarts with floral designs with which they transport coffee beans or food. Villagers tell stories about the 1800s where they even traveled from town to town in them.


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The most famous oxcart was made in 1902 by Joaquín Chaverrí, who created the Eloy Alfarero factory, where they teach about the use of rudimentary tools and have the most famous souvenir store in the municipality. The production plant is open to the public where you can see the machines necessary for each step in the creation of the product. Its oxcart is 15 meters long and weighs 2 tons, appearing in the Guinness Book of Records in 2006. It can be seen in the Central Park of the municipality.


They became so well known that now the oxcart is one symbol of Costa Rica, and Sarchi is a mandatory tourist spot.


Despite being one of the biggest attractions in the municipality, there are more attractions in this fantastic town of oxcarts, among them: you can also visit the Poas Volcano, the Juan Castro National Park, the waterfall of Bajos del Toro, the Else Kientzler Botanical Garden or the Butterfly Garden. Sarchí is a neighboring town to Grecia, another municipality with great attractions.

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