We were in CR in 2007 and missed Sarchi. Is Sarchi on anyone's "must see" list?
Sarchi is a beautiful little town. Most tourists just pass through and keep going, but I think it's definately worth spending a day or two. The botanical gardens are really nice. It's within driving distance of Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall gardens which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! There are some really neat little cabinas, I believe they're called Cabinas Candelero just up the street from the botanical garden. They're log cabins but very clean and charming, with a rushing river nearby and in the midst of mountains and trees. Only $24/night for each cabin. Sarchi is the souvenir capital of CR but that doesn't mean it's full of junk. The quality of the craftsmanship is top notch. Beautiful wooden things of all sizes and for all budgets. I would say, don't miss Sarchi. (and no, I don't work for the chamber of commerce - I just love the place
Don't miss lunch at Super Mariscos!! the best restaurant!
The town is really quaint and the woodworking and furniture shops are very interesting! Even the souvenir shops are fun to browse through....even if you aren't interested in the 'typical keepsake' there is always something different! We will buy chairs one day....I really like them and they get more comfortable with age (after sitting in our friend's chairs numerous times over many years!).
I was surprised at how high the prices were in the souvenir shops. Not just tourist price high, but crazy high, in my opinion. We ended up going to the Artisan Market in San Jose which had a better selection of items at a fraction of the price. I liked the rockers though, which were not available in the Artisan Market, so might go back to Sarchi to pick one up.
In Sarchi if you can get a Tico to haggle for you the rocker prices are very much lower. It only cost me $40.00 to bring one back to Canada as oversize baggage. That was Continental but I am sure most others are similar.
Thank you Cana Tico...you really got a good deal and a good chair...enjoy it!
Thanks RA - I actually got the chair for free - I have learned that cumpleaños cincuenta is a big deal in Costa Rica. Ja! I do know they they paid much less than the list price, but not exactly how much!
Can you tell me where the Artisan market in San Jose is. I am assuming it is not the same as Central Market? We are going to be in SJO in April and have a free afternoon/evening and would love to pick up some unique Costarican handicrafts.
Is Sarchi on the way to Arenal from SJO?
Sarchi is on the way to Arenal.. sort of. If you are driving it is a short way ( max 5 miles) from the toll road and is an easy, and pleasant, 'detour' . I recall the way was well marked and we had no problem finding our way.