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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

191 Reviews
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Chris wrote a review Feb 2021
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica4 contributions
The factory is fascinating and authentic- having maintained its historic charm and function building ox carts. A quick tour is so worth learning about the technic and the souvenir shop is all locally sourced- one of the best selections in the country.
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Date of experience: February 2021
DERtravels wrote a review Dec 2020
Upland, California1,347 contributions286 helpful votes
Very interesting factory for making the essential Oxcart, critical to historical Costa RIca. The tour of the factory takes about 30 minutes. Fascinating to see that the power is driven by a waterwheel. The craftsmanship of the carts as well as other woodworked items is excellent. There is a wide selection of souvenirs and decorative items in the shop. The painting of the carts themselves is an art. We bought so many items that were unique, including a miniature oxcart to use as a planter in our kitchen. Take a tour through a tour operator. Ours was with a cruise line and it was coupled with a tour out to the Starbucks farm about an hour away from Sarchi.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Papaleadfoot wrote a review Apr 2020
Cave Creek, Arizona376 contributions159 helpful votes
Was with a large tour group which made it difficult to hear/see. Interesting to see how carts are still made and decorated..
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Date of experience: January 2020
Robert P wrote a review Mar 2020
Orleans9 contributions9 helpful votes
If you want to understand the symbolism and the importance of the ox cart in Costa Rica this a must stop to visit and take in the history. We were fortunate to have a guided tour of the factory that covered from the creation of the wheel to the elaborate colourful decorations of the cart. We met two of the artists one apprentice and one fully accomplished artist. The boutique that the Fabrica has has a lot of hand crafted artifacts and leather goods.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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rhettkiner wrote a review Mar 2020
Pittsboro, North Carolina61 contributions12 helpful votes
This was on the agenda for our CostSaver tour. It was something I would have never chosen and boy, am I glad it was on it. Seeing how everything is made and the wood shop was so interesting. The carts were beautiful. The shop was large and there was no pressure to buy.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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