The nearby town of Sarchí is home to the Costa Rican oxcart. A national emblem, it reflects Costa Rica’s insertion in the coffee world markets of the mid 1800s. Although rarely used today for transportation, its intricate patterns remain a cultural legacy. The Costa Rican oxcart was recognized as part of mankind’s cultural heritage by the United Nations. The best oxcart artists still create these masterpieces in Sarchí’s picturesque workshops and craft stores.