Starting at $80 per night

Overview

On this Guatil tour you will get a taste of the traditional arts and culture of Costa Rica. This is a great tour for families, art lovers and those looking to pick up a uniquely Costa Rican souvenir.

Guatil is a small community located in the northwestern province of Guanacaste and is in close proximity to many Guanacaste beach towns. This increasingly famous village is known for the beautifully painted and hand thrown ceramics produced by talented local artisans.

Passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years, these skills are the legacy of pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec ancestors living on through the hands of their descendants. The traditional way of creating the pottery has been restored, collecting clay and sand from nearby mountains and beaches, and glazing the ceramics with natural minerals. The clay is hand thrown on a wheel, shaped and carved using materials like corn cobs, and sticks of wood. Drawing inspiration from the Chorotega culture, the unique designs on the pottery depict Costa Rican animals or abstract tribal designs bringing authenticity into each individual piece.

You may find this kind of ceramic art in souvenir stores around the country but nothing beats going to the community where it is from, meeting the person showing you how it’s made and giving direct support to the artists themselves. Seeing the village and lifestyle of the people creates a memorable impression along with a beautiful and functional souvenir that will last for many years to come.

Your guides will pick you up from your hotel in Samara or Nosara and drive you in an air-conditioned van to the small town of Guatil. From there you will have a chance to visit a few different artisans who will demonstrate their process and explain the meaning of their chosen designs. With so many different types of pottery on display, you’ll have an opportunity to carefully select a couple of pieces to take home with you. Many travelers have successfully transported pottery on the airplane by wrapping it in bubble wrap or clothing in their suitcase.

Snacks and beverages will be provided, as well as a bilingual and informative guide.

Transportation is available from both Nosara and Samara and can take up to an hour and a half depending on how far away your hotel is. The price of the tour does not include pottery to take home. Bring along some extra cash for purchases if you’d like, or just enjoy watching the artists crafting their ancestral pottery.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • Rain Gear
  • Insect Repellent

Location and Availability

The Guatil Tour is available from Nosara, and Samara

Tour Time

Tour Type

  • Learning Family
  • Culture

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°16'52.1". Longitude: W 86°28'34.09"

Reviews

  • Overall 82.5% (2 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 85.0%
  • Expectations: 70.0%
  • Guides: 100.0%
  • Logistics: 75.0%
  • Value: 65.0%

06/24/2018

SKIP GUATIL!!! The pottery tour was terribly disappointing. The drive was long and uncomfortable, an the pottery was ridiculously overpriced. It felt like a scam, for the first time since we came to this lovely country. Afterwards, we toured Santa Cruz and went to a tortilla shop that is renowned throughout the country. It is owned and operated by women and they make tortillas in the old way and serve typical Costa Rican lunch plates. This was the highlight of the entire tour. Unfortunately, our transport vehicle had mechanical problems and we had to wait for the tour company to send another vehicle to pick us up. But while we waited, we watched the World Cup with locals, picked star fruits from trees in the town, and watched these amazing ladies make tortillas from corn! We were fortunate enough to meet an artisan of the same type of pottery on another tour and he gave a demonstration and allowed the boys to also try their hand at throwing pots. His pottery was beautiful and much more reasonably priced. He was located in a little open air shop right on the side of the highway.