At the west end of the Central Valley, lies Sarchi, a small town surrounded by beautiful coffee estates, known as the crib of national artmanship. This is where the world´s largest oxcart was designed, built and decorated in 2006. A national symbol of our peace and work-oriented culture, the typical Costa Rican oxcart was declared a World Heritage Symbol by UNESCO. The oxcart united the highest artistic talents with the most important values of the Costa Rican people: perseverance, hard work, and peace. For this reason, in 2006, the Sarchi Chamber of Tourism invested in the construction of this extraordinary oxcart that currently holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Sarchi and its neighboring towns: Grecia, Poas, and Naranjo are great locations to enjoy a coffee tour, shop for unique souvenirs and experience traditional small-town life in Costa Rica.
We also recommend a stay at Chayote Lodge located in Llano Bonito de Naranjo. It boasts 12 spacious bungalows. Each features a private terrace with breathtaking views of Poas, Barva, and Irazu Volcanos, as well as the Central Valley and the Nicoya Gulf in the Pacific Ocean, which can be seen on a clear day.
Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, each nook of the property resembles a piece of the coffee picker’s story and their lifestyle. Moreover, Chayote Lodge’s architecture and design integrate the most noteworthy elements of the coffee culture. For instance, the bungalows will resemble the traditional Coffee Receiving Stations known locally as “Recibidores”. Surrounded by coffee fields, green pastures, and a rich agricultural environment, the area depicts the best of a simple, yet enriching, Costa Rican tradition.