Oxcarts are an integral part of Costa Rican history, once used as a main mode of transportation for sugar cane and coffee. Painted oxcarts such as this one were used in the early 12th century, originally painted to help identify their region or family. They were also seen as a symbol of pride, decorated even more elaborately over time.
In 1998, the oxcart was declared Costa Rica’s National Labor Symbol. In 2005, UNESCO declared the Costa Rican oxcart an Intangible Cultural Heritage item.
You can now see them across the country during festivals and if you’re here on the second Sunday in March, check out the Day of the Oxcart (Dia de los Boyeros)! 🇨🇷#costarica