The small of Sarchi is famed throughout Costa Rica for its brightly colored, intricately constructed handicrafts. Small shops and stands line the road into Sarchi. Vibrant colors painted onto a variety of mediums – wood and stone, to name a few – stand out with easy recognition.
Although the panoply of handiwork is far reaching, including rocking chairs and chests, dressers and desks, masks and jewelry, the most well-known is the oxcart. Decorated in their entirety, these oxcarts have become something of a national symbol for Costa Rica. Their initial use dates back to over a century ago, when they were the main mode of transporting coffee beans to markets throughout the country. Gradually they came to celebrity, thanks to 100-year-old manufacturers like the Joaquín Chaverri Oxcart Factory, which was built in 1902. Today, they still play a major role in parades and religious celebrations, with nowhere better to find them than Sarchi.
During this cultural adventure, be assured that we will want to visit the oxcart factory, the Sarchi Church, the central park and many of the local artisanal shops. The Butterfly Garden is also one of the many local activities to plan during this customized visit.
This 2 day adventure includes:
- Air conditioned transportation
- Bilingual guide
- All entrance fees to the selected sites and activities
- Breakfast the second morning of the trip
- All taxes
You bring: comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, swimsuit, hat, camera and a copy of your current passport.