The town of Sarchí is home to Costa Rica's most active community of craftspeople, whose artistic traditions date back more than a century. Decorating oxcarts with brightly painted, intricate designs began as a friendly competition among families, but it’s become a local specialty. (Good news: Smaller-than-an-oxcart souvenirs are also painted in the distinctive style.) Sarchí is the only place in the country where these oxcarts continue to be made and decorated. Learn more about this art form during a tour of the Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory, which is still powered by a waterwheel.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
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