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Had a great tour (in English) of this historic factory. I was blown away by the working water mill. The carts, wheels and other wood items built here are stunning. We ended up buying a nice tray and having a stool painted. Fun place. Get...More
We really had no idea where the tour guide was bringing us or what was about to happen.
The colors and the artistic ability of the artists are simply out of this world. The history of the site, the guided tour, and the colors will...More
I enjoyed this place - the wonderful wall art -the decorated garbage can, and especially the recycling bins - made of wood and artistically painted. The short lecture on how ox carts were made and how the "factory" was powered. Very historical. There was only...More
There are not many things to do in Sarchi, but if you happen to pass by, you must come here to learn the techniques they use to paint the biggest carriage. It's a great place for souvenirs as well! We really recommend it.
One of the first stops on our tour was to the place where they have been making Ox Carts for more than a hundred years. Before cars, trucks and trains, coffee, fruits and vegetables were carted hundreds of miles to the Pacific ports via Ox...More
The big souvenir shop is a sign of the purpose of this place. However, there is still work going on restoring old carriages and making furniture. It was interesting to learn the history and see the old watermill powering some of the original woodworking machinery....More
I found this place to be very friendly, but definitely a tourist spot. In the factory itself, the craftsman Guido took time to expain many things, including the waterwheel used to run many of the machines, the company history and methods of construction.
Get up close and see the interesting tools and waterwheel used to make pretty Oxcart which are used all over the country.
Watch as artists paint the oxcarts. There is a very large showroom where you can purchase chairs, carts, clothing and smaller carved items.
We arrived at 4 pm on a Saturday (they close at 5). Not a whole lot going on in the factory. A couple artists were painting. They let you freely wander through the woodshop without a guide. You can see the original equipment as well...More
This is the workshop that produces all those colorful oxcarts that you see throughout Costa Rica. They still use all the old machinery from way back when they used wide leather belts. You can watch the artists at work painting the cart pieces before assembly....More