The quaint little town of Sarchi is located in the province of Alajuela. It is known throughout Costa Rica for its artisan handicrafts, and you can find many workshops and stores that are fascinating to visit. Wood working, furniture-making, and crafts for souvenirs are the town’s main products. The most famous and popular item is the oxcart, which traditionally carried coffee pulled by teams of oxen from the Central Valley to the Pacific port of Puntarenas. These exquisitely and intricately painted colourful oxcarts of Costa Rica were declared a national symbol in 1988. Sarchi furniture has a design and quality that is internationally recognised, and is a true national icon.