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.

$40 / For Adult
$40 / For Children
4 hours
Min Age
All Ages
Min Travellers

Tour Description

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!

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

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity

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Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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