Welcome to Costa Rica’s most famous crafts center, where artisans produce the ornately painted oxcarts and leather-and-wood furnishings for which the Central Valley is known. You’ll know you’ve arrived because just about everything is covered in the colorful signature geometric designs – even city hall. Yes, it’s a tourist trap, but it’s a pretty one. The town is stretched out along a road that weaves through hilly countryside.
Most people come in for an afternoon of shopping and call it a day, but if you have time on your hands it's possible to meet different artisans and custom order a creation.
In Sarchí Norte you’ll find the heart of the village, including a twin-towered church, some restaurants and pulperías (corner stores), and what is purported to be the world’s largest oxcart (photo op!).