Between souvenir shops and street markets, a wide variety of offerings — if often a bit pricier than elsewhere in the country

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Costa Rican Crafts

Canes, oxcarts, and feather paintings, oh my!

There are quite a few spots in San José to pick up good quality crafts, both in souvenir shops and street markets — although for the most part prices here are higher than in other parts of Costa Rica. Typical products include dresses and blouses with colourful animal and jungle scenes; leather items; wooden canes and other wood carvings; replicas of iconic, gaily painted oxcarts; local liqueurs; replicas of preculombian gold jewelry; and delicate, framed miniature paintings on bird feathers (!). A good selection can be found at the artisan street market on the Plaza de la Democracia, where you'll also find products from other Latin American countries, such as the popular Peruvian and Ecuadorian jumpers.

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