Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
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Ellen W
37 contributions
Aug 2021
A stop in Sarchi is an easy detour on the route from San Jose to either Monteverde or La Fortuna. After seeing so many pictures of the oxcarts in all the CR travel books, I had to stop and see them for myself. So glad we did. There are a couple of places in Sarchi you can go for oxcarts but what I like most about Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro is that they make them the old fashioned way, they use a waterwheel to power all the woodworking equipment, no electricity involved. Our visit started with a very informative tour about how the oxcarts are made, then we got to see the artists painting them, and then into the gift shop which had an amazing variety of hand crafted wooden items beyond the oxcarts. But the oxcarts are truly the start of the show, they are beautiful, the colors amazing. Reasonable prices, especially considering the workmanship involved. Highly recommend a stop.
Written September 12, 2021
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zinc5
Allentown, PA21 contributions
Jan 2021
Even during the quiet tourist time, the historic wagon center was so interesting and a great spot for the artwork in so many forms
Written March 11, 2021
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Chris
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica10 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
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.
Written February 17, 2021
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,345 contributions
Jan 2020
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.
Written December 29, 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ376 contributions
Jan 2020
Was with a large tour group which made it difficult to hear/see. Interesting to see how carts are still made and decorated..
Written April 5, 2020
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Robert P
Orleans9 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
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.
Written March 8, 2020
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rhettkiner
Pittsboro, NC68 contributions
Feb 2020
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.
Written March 4, 2020
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Marshall B
Ferney-Voltaire, France3,490 contributions
Jan 2020
I was initially concerned that this would be a tourist trap with pressure to buy and little useful information provided, but it was just the opposite. Very interesting tour, and no pressure at all; they even offered fresh fruit and drinks. What was particularly impressive is that they are using almost exclusively water-powered machinery to make the carts and cart wheels – and it seems to be almost 100 years old. Fascinating to see how the water wheel powers all of the equipment, and you get to see it in operation. Really enjoyed the tour, and they are certainly proud of what they do, and they do it very well. There is of course a shop where all sorts of items are available, of very good quality, but, like much in Costa Rica, the prices are quite similar to US prices. Also check out the largest oxcart in the world (in Guinness Book of Records), about a 10 minute walk away, in the center of town, close to the church - painted just as the ones in this factory.
Written February 22, 2020
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JSI2802
Neoga, IL180 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Do not miss the machine shop where they are actually making the things in the gift shop. Go through the gift shop & out into the patio. Look left & go down and watch the water wheel power the tools!
Written December 13, 2019
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Wanderlust1954
La Jolla, CA324 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Two things stand out about this old factory. First the art of hand painting the oxcarts is still done and the artists do a great job. Yes the style is simple, but the results are beautiful. Second the factory is powered by water. A water wheel turns a set of pulleys which drive the drill presses, saws and grinders. It’s amazing to see this Rube Goldberg contraption in operation. It was constructed 100 years ago and is still in use today.

Definitely worth the time.
Written October 20, 2019
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