La Fortuna is chock-full of souvenir shops selling standard tourist fare. However, the town also has an authentic craft shop, Original Grand Gallery ((tel) 8946-0928). This local artisan and his family produce sculptures in a variety of styles, specializing in faces, many of them larger than a typical home’s front door. You can also find a host of animal figures, ranging in style from purely representational to rather abstract. To get there: As you leave the town of La Fortuna toward Tabacón, keep your eye on the right-hand side of the road. When you see a massive collection of wood sculptures, slow down. Art Shop Onirica ((tel) 2479-7589;, located next to La Fortuna’s post office, is another good shop, featuring original oil paintings and acrylics, as well as one-off jewelry and jade pieces.

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