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Guaitil Pottery Tour. Sitting on the ground outside a shop, an assortment of 10 unique and beautiful clay pitchers and vases.- brought to you by Special Places Management & Rentals, Costa Rica
January 28, 2017

Artisan Pottery of Costa Rica – Guaitil Pottery Tour

The artisan pottery of the Chorotegas

The native population of Costa Rica’s northwest are skilled pottery artisans.  Known as the “Chorotegas”, these people settled in Costa Rica centuries ago after a long journey away from the hostile Aztecs and Mayans further North. The Chorotegan culture is very rich and diverse and still the soul of our beautiful province of Guanacaste.

On this trip we will visit the little town of “Guaitil”, Costa Rica.  This is the best place in Costa Rica to experience the welcoming descendants of the Chorotegas. Once native to northern Central America, they pottery methods incorporate similar techniques borrowed from the Aztecs and Mayans. The Chorotegas are famous for handcrafting beautiful clay pottery, applying the same materials, colors and techniques as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

We will learn about the whole pottery process from beginning to the end. This will include the sand, clay, colored stones, shaping, polishing, scratching and burning! 

After this visit you will understand how much talent and effort it takes to make each of these unique native artisan pottery pieces.  If you like, you will have the chance to purchase a great souvenir directly from these native Costa Rican pottery artisans themselves!

From here we will stop by at Santa Cruz (on our way) to enjoy a delicious Costa Rican “Casado” lunch including rice & beans, salad, vegetable stew, plantain and your choice of either fish, chicken, beef or pork.

*This native artisan coffee tour of Guaitil could perfectly be combined with a visit of the nearby Costa Rican coffee plantation where we will also learn everything about one of the most widespread products in the world – Coffee.  Costa Rica is world renowned for its rich mountain grown coffee!

Guaitil Pottery Tour. A vast assortment of decorative clay pots made by local artisans of Costa Rica, adorned with a variety of Mayan influenced designs depiciting animals, butterflies and other shapes.- brought to you by Special Places Management & Rentals, Costa Rica
A vast array of clay pots in a Costa Rica shop await tourists eager to take them home.

What is included:

  • Pottery village “Guaitil” w/ visit of working facility
  • Tour of the handcraft process
  • Souvenirs (optional & extra cost)
  • Traditional Costa Rican Lunch
  • Entrance Fees
  • Bilingual Guide & Transportation w/ AC

Important Information:

  • Driving time from Flamingo: 1hrs
  • PICKUP: 9:30am
  • Half-Day
  • All Ages!
  • Minimum Attendance: 4 persons


Rate: $70/adult, $30/child

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