Sarchí, Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica’s craftwork center, Sarchi, where you will be amazed by the decorated ox carts

Sarchí, Costa Rica
© Betsy Cooley

Sarchi is a small village located just about 19 miles to the away from the northeast of Alajuela. It is considered to be the craftwork center of Costa Rica, over all concerning to furniture and ox-cart making.

Sarchí, Alajuela
Sarchí, Alajuela
© Betsy Cooley

There are lots of mueblerías (‘furniture workshops and stores’), scattered all over the city where you can buy different kinds of objects, from the most typical souvenirs to miniature replicas of the area’s characteristic ox carts.

The ox cart was proclaimed as a national symbol in 1988 and as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2005. They are usually decorated with floral, geometric or kaleidoscopic motives.

At Sarchi’s Central Park, which ground is painted with the same colors as the ones used on the ox carts, you will find the world’s largest ox cart, painted and decorated following the tradition. This giant ox cart was built in 2006 with the sole purpose of appearing on the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sarchí’s Church stands just opposite to the Central Park. This church stands out due to its pink and turquoise facade. Inside you can admire some precious and impressive crystal chandeliers. Its ceiling, made of wood, is domed, and its frames were made by the local artisans. The tiles that cover its walls and floors are pale pink and pale green.

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