Sarchí Travel Guide

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Sarchí Things to Do

  • Shop

    We took an afternoon tour that included a visit to Sarchi. This is the place to go if you are interested in purchasing Costa Rican arts and crafts. All of the shops are within walking distance of each other and will ship your purchase back to the United States. If you have the money, I recommend purchasing one of Costa Rica's famous oxcarts. They...

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  • Local Craft Shops

    We took an afternoon tour that included a visit to Sarchi. This is the place to go if you are interested in purchasing Costa Rican arts and crafts. All of the shops are within walking distance of each other and will ship your purchase back to the United States. If you have the money, I recommend purchasing one of Costa Rica's famous oxcarts. They...

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Sarchí Restaurants

  • La Troja del Abuelo

    We parked in the guarded lot, did our shopping and then ate at the restaurant that was here. I don't remember what we had to eat. After we finished, we tipped the guard at the lot and drove on toward Arenal. Open from 10.30am to 2.30am. On average 5,000 columns

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  • After Shopping

    We parked in the guarded lot, did our shopping and then ate at the restaurant that was here. I don't remember what we had to eat. After we finished, we tipped the guard at the lot and drove on toward Arenal.Open from 10.30am to 2.30am. On average 5,000 columns

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Sarchí Transportation

  • Bus

    The tourist busses are frequent and popularly used from San Jose, as well as from Jaco, Punatarenas, and Manuel Antonio. It is the easiest way to get to and from Sarchí, and is also the most comfortable way to do so. Many hotels and tour companies in San Jose have busses and vans frequently bringing tourists to Sarchí, mostly to get cheap...

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  • Tourist Busses

    The tourist busses are frequent and popularly used from San Jose, as well as from Jaco, Punatarenas, and Manuel Antonio. It is the easiest way to get to and from Sarchí, and is also the most comfortable way to do so. Many hotels and tour companies in San Jose have busses and vans frequently bringing tourists to Sarchí, mostly to get cheap...

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Sarchí Shopping

  • Handicrafts

    Sarchi is where a lot of artists work who produce the crafts for the Costa Rican tourist market. Most of the time the prices are less than the same item in San Jose stores. Artesanías is a large warehouse-like store selling crafts of all kinds, operated by a Crafstmen's cooperative. (on the edge of Sarchí Norte, along the road to Naranjo and next...

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  • Costa Rican Handicraft Center

    Sarchi is where a lot of artists work who produce the crafts for the Costa Rican tourist market. Most of the time the prices are less than the same item in San Jose stores. Artesanías is a large warehouse-like store selling crafts of all kinds, operated by a Crafstmen's cooperative. (on the edge of Sarchí Norte, along the road to Naranjo and next...

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  • Artisan Crafts in Sarchi

    Sarchi is a town famous for its painted wood crafts. You can buy the same sort of souvenirs here as in the rest of the country, but at lower prices. They are also famous for their beautiful painted ox carts which can be purchased for a little more than $100 US.

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Sarchí Local Customs

  • Oxcarts

    In Sarchí and on the outskirts of San Jose, you may oxcart drivers. These people only drive the oxcart for tourists and want money for a photo. So just note if you see an oxcart driver with the oxen/cows/donkeys and all that you will have to pay about 100-200 Colones for a photo.

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  • Oxcart drivers

    In Sarchí and on the outskirts of San Jose, you may oxcart drivers. These people only drive the oxcart for tourists and want money for a photo. So just note if you see an oxcart driver with the oxen/cows/donkeys and all that you will have to pay about 100-200 Colones for a photo.

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  • Oxcart drivers (2)

    In Sarchí and on the outskirts of San Jose, you may oxcart drivers. These people only drive the oxcart for tourists and want money for a photo. So just note if you see an oxcart driver with the oxen/cows/donkeys and all that you will have to pay about 100-200 Colones for a photo.

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Sarchí Tourist Traps

  • Obsession with Ox Carts

    Sarchí is only good for two things: souvenirs and hand made/painted oxcarts. So really Sarchí isn't that interesting and is a big tourist trap. Only go here for buying cheap and numerous souvenirs, and if you have some sort of obsession with oxcarts. That about sums up Sarchí. Do not go to Sarchí if you want to find adventure, culture, and...

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  • Sarchí really is a big tourist trap

    Sarchí is only good for two things: souvenirs and hand made/painted oxcarts. So really Sarchí isn't that interesting and is a big tourist trap. Only go here for buying cheap and numerous souvenirs, and if you have some sort of obsession with oxcarts. That about sums up Sarchí. Do not go to Sarchí if you want to find adventure, culture, and...

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  • Beware of Inflated Prices!

    This is basically a shoppers paradise and really worth a trip (not too far from the San Jose airport) but you must comparison shop. If you like to go in and out of shops as I do, you'll be okay because you can comparison shop and maybe even get a deal. But if you just hit one shop, you risk being overcharged and overwhelmed by lots of junk mixed in...

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