Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Made-in-Chile Goods to Bring Home from Santiago

Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Made-in-Chile Goods to Bring Home from Santiago

Unlike the late 20th century, when Chile was largely associated with oppressive regime, today's Chile is known primarily for its premium wines and colorful crafts. If you're fortunate to visit the country's capital city Santiago de Chile, you will find yourself spoiled for choice with a variety of local stuff asking to find a place in your luggage en route back home. Indeed, you should try hard and clear some space in the suitcase for the gifts that might be plenty. To find out which exactly, check out this list of 14 gift ideas!

1. Huaso – Chilean Cowboy - Outfit

Huaso – Chilean Cowboy - Outfit
Image Courtesy of: Hector Melo A.
If you are going dance cueca, the national dance of Chile, you must be dressed appropriately. You will need a razor sharp straw hat, a colorful poncho, and a stylish huaso jacket. The black knee-high boots with spurs are also part of the equation. On top of that, the full kit includes traditional huaso riding saddle and a horse. And surely, no cowboy is complete with out a cowgirl, in Chile she is called “Huasa.” The huasa must be dressed in a colorful traditional country dress with ruffles. A basic Huaso outfit starts at about $100 USD. Huasa dresses start at $30 USD.
Where to find it:
An easy place to find traditional huaso and huasa clothing is Catron with four locations:
*San Diego 1020 (con Avda. Matta), Phone/fax: 698 9095;
Hours: 10am to 7:30pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 2:30pm Sun;
*Los Cobres de Vitacura, Vitacura 6780 Modulo E Local 5; Phone: 219 2042;
Hours: 10am to 7:30pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 2:30pm Sun;
*Mall Sport, Av. Las Condes 13.451, Local 210; Phone: 361 1065;
*Deportes Catron, San Diego 1037 (con Avda. Matta),Phone: 698 9863.
Hours: 10am to 7:30pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 2:30pm Sun;
Another nice place is La media Luna, Av. Quilín 4387 Macul , Phone: 319 16 51.
Hours: 8:30am to 2pm – 3pm to 6:30pm Mon-Fri;
In the end, don't forget to visit the Casa del huaso while you're out and about, located on Calle San Diego 175, Phone: 672 4478

2. Alpaca

Alpaca
Alpaca is a very fine and soft wool that comes from a smaller relative of the Chilean lama, bred specifically for its fleece. Lama (pronounced in Spanish as "Ya-Ma") is known for being stubborn and also for its ability to spit. The fickle alpaca’s fleece is well adapted to the cold Chilean Andes mountainous climate. Alpaca wool is traditionally used in colorful scarves, ponchos and jackets. The soft Aplaca clothing quickly earned reputation as a favorite winter apparel for locals and visitors alike. Scarves start at $4 USD, Colorful jackets are around $40 to $60 USD, and traditional ponchos start at $50 USD.
Where to find it:
You will find a good selection at the following places:
*Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos;
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm
*Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia. Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

3. Prensado de Flores y Frutas

Prensado de Flores y Frutas
A nice gift to bring back from Chile can also be trays and kitchenware decorated with thinly sliced and preserved fruits and flowers, which give a unique artistic touch to everyday kitchenware. Oranges, kiwis, lemons, cherries, mushrooms and tomatoes are just some of the fruits and vegetables used in this farm-fresh art form. The latter includes everything, from trays, napkin holders, coasters to bottle holders and even earrings made with real fruit slices! Expect to pay from $10 to $60 USD for trays and most of the art work. A nicely decorated Pisco sour pitcher and matching Pisco glasses sell for about $130 USD.
Where to find it:
There are two good places in Santiago to find Prensado de Flores y Frutas:
*Arte y Estilo, Local #9 at Patio Bellavista, Constitución #30 - 70, Providencia. Phone: 02-249-8700 and
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm
*Local #6 at Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos.
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm

4. Chilean Wine

Chilean Wine
With over 90 wineries, Chile is the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world. The secret to the rise and quality of Chilean wines is the Carménère grape. Thought to be extinct from disease in Europe for over 150 years, it was rediscovered thriving in Chile. Carménère is the deepest, darkest, and purplest of all red grapes, with similar characteristics to Merlot. Initially, it grew as Merlot until was officially recognized in 1998. While Chile produces all the popular varieties of wine - Pinot noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc - Carménère is truly a Chilean wine. Very nice Chilean wines are available for $10 to $20 USD per bottle. If you want a premium or prize winning wine, prices start at $200 USD per bottle.
Where to find it:
The best place to buy Chilean wine in Santiago is as the name states, “El MUNDO del VINO”, they have three locations in Santiago:
*mall Parque Arauco, Local 379, Las Condes, Phone (02) 580 3548;
Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Sar, 11am-9:30pm Sun
*mall alto Las Condes, Local 2038, Las Condes, Phone (02) 580 3548
Hours: 10am-10pm Mon-Sun

MALL COSTANERA CENTER
Av. Andrés Bello 2524, Local 1162, Providencia
Phone: (02) 2899 7030
Hours: 10am-9pm

Wain is a very interesting place to sample wine before you buy, located at Nueva Costanera 3955, Vitacura.
You can also try Club de Amantes del Vino with two locations:
*Av. La Montaña 776 · Lampa · Santiago · Phone: 393 8000 and
*CAV Mirador del Alto · Alto Las Condes · Av. Kennedy 9001 local 3253 ·Las Condes, Santiago · Phone: 213 1248.
Hours: 9am to 7pm, Mon-Fri

5. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli
The lapis stone is considered the master of light. It is the stone of wisdom, friendship, truth, integrity and lighting. Lapis builds relationships of love and friendship, and helps express feelings and emotions. In the Middle East, lapis was even thought to have magical powers. Countless signet rings, scarabs and figures were shaped from the deep blue stone which Alexander the Great brought to Europe. There, the color was referred to as 'ultramarine', which means 'from beyond the sea'. This opaque, deep blue Chilean gemstone has been used by ancient Latin American civilizations for at least 3500 years. Presently, in Chile, it is the national stone. Lapis lazuli is used in key rings, Moai statues, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks. Prices for lapis lazuli depend on the cut and quality of the stone itself and whether it's being used with silver or other precious metals.
Where to find it:
You will find art work made with lapis lazuli at all major shopping areas in Chile. My favorite locations to browse are the three major arts and crafts centers is Santiago:
*Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, with 180 shops, it is simply the biggest and the best place to shop in Santiago for Chilean crafts. Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone: 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos.
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm
*Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops. Constitución #30 - 70, Providencia. Phone: 02-249-8700.
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm
*Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia. Alameda #510. Phone: 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

6. Rapanui (Easter Island Moai Miniature Statues)

Rapanui (Easter Island Moai Miniature Statues)
Image Courtesy of: Ik T
Easter Island is the remotest inhabited place on Earth, and it has been part of the Chilean heritage since 1888. The Moai represent ancestral chiefs who were believed to be descended directly from gods and whose supernatural powers could be harnessed for the benefit of humanity. The massive stone figures were generally erected facing inland to keep watch over the local community. The Moai are characterized by long sloping noses, strong brows, deeply inset eyes, and prominent chins. Some figures also wear a hat-like cylinder made of red stone on their heads. While the original moai are made from volcanic rock, gift moais’ are made from copper, wood, lapis lazuli and many other beautiful stones. Key-rings with Moai figurines start around $2 USD. If contemplating a life-size Moai statue, be careful with your weight limit while traveling, original Moai’s weight over 10 metric tons.
Where to find it:
The best place to buy a Moai statue is on Easter Island itself, however in Santiago I recommend the following Arts and crafts markets:
*Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops. Constitución #30 - 70, Providencia. Phone: 02-249-8700;
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm
*Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos;
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm
*Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia. Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

7. Copper Art and Jewelry

Copper Art and Jewelry
The atomic number for copper is 29, however in Chile, copper is number one. Being the country's major export, copper affects every facet of the Chilean economy. With a long history of mining copper, Chilean craftsmen traditionally have made copper art and jewelry for generations, hence the variety of high quality and affordable copper items, such as rings, wind chimes, necklaces, earrings, murals, coasters, statues, key rings, bracelets and even masks on offer. Prices start at about $2 and upwards, depending on the size and quality of the artwork.
Where to find it:
Simply put, you will find copper everywhere in Chile. My favorite locations to browse are the three major arts and crafts centers is Santiago:
*Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, with 180 shops, it is simply the biggest and the best place to shop in Santiago for Chilean crafts. Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos.
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm
*Patio Bellavista is a wonderful mix of 20 trendy restaurants and 50 fine crafts shops. Constitución #30 - 70, Providencia. Phone: 02-249-8700.
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm
*Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, is a compilation of 150 fine crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia. Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

8. Mapuche Woven Fabrics

Mapuche Woven Fabrics
The indigenous Mapuche Indians were nomads who needed quality rugs, ponchos and clothing to face the cold Chilean winters. Renowned for their complex textures and patterns, Mapuche fabrics have been in use since as early as the 1300s. It is even part of the Mapuche tradition to increase the amount of the dowry paid by a man, if a woman was a good weaver. The Mapuche women transmitted their knowledge orally from generation to generation for many years. The colorful designs and symbols found in Mapuche fabrics pay tribute to the culture and traditions of these people. Well designed colorful ponchos and rugs start at $30 USD.
Where to find it:
There are several shops with Mapucho fabrics at Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos.
You will also fing Mapucho fabrics at Feria Artesanal Bellavista on the corner of Av. Bellavista and Pio Nono, next to the river Mapucho.

9. Leather Goods

Leather Goods
Among the things Chile is famous for, handcrafted leather goods aren't the last. These days, in Santiago it seems like everyone has been wearing leather shoes, judging by the number of shoe shine stands scattered all over the city. This may be unwelcome news for someone with the more traditional views, but leather isn’t just for shoes and wallets anymore. You can find leather wine holders, leather backpacks, leather cooking aprons and even leather coasters. In fact, leather can provide added touch of elegance to anything. Hand-made leather crafts always make for treasured gifts which are both durable and practical. The variety of premium leather items that can be found in Santiago is truly magnificent and includes briefcases, purses, belts, jackets, wallets, computer bags, gloves, hats, pants, even leather jewelry holders. You can find leather at very attractive prices, but bear in mind that prices depend on the quality and size of the leather goods in question. If you want the best price available, get rid of that touristy look on your face and always ask if they can offer a better price.
Where to find it:
Maleteria Evelyn has been fabricating leather goods for 45 years and has four locations in the city:
*Ernesto Pinto Lagarrigue 60, Recoleta, Phone: 777 8207 / 737 1204.
*Huerfanos 1055, Local 1050, Santiago Centro, Phone: 698 1501.
*Apumanque, Local 90, Las Condes, Phone: 211 1934.
10am to 9pm Mon-Sat; 11am to 9pm Sun;
*Mall Plaza Vespucio, Local 113 Phone: 5863243.
Hours: 10:30am to 9:30 pm
M.A Cueros has been fabricating and selling leather goods for 35 years. Visit their store, conveniently located on Chiloé 1167-1169, Santiago Centro, Phone: 02-554-1582.
A good selection can also be found at Artensina en Cuero, Patio Bellavista, Local 45, Providencia, Phone:: 762 1122;
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm.

10. Traditional Masks

Traditional Masks
These traditional masks represent the native Ona or Mapucho people who once lived in the southern part of Chile. The Ona people were famous for their black and white body paint and scant clothing. Barefoot, they used to walk among the penguins in Southern America's southernmost tip - the Tierra del Fuego islands, the area in which they settled over 10,000 years ago. Their extinction was caused by western settlement in the late 1800s. Because of their location, the Ona tribe turned out to be the last indigenous people on the American continent to be colonized by Europeans. Detailed accounts of their customs and ceremonies are well documented. The last full-blooded Ona tribe member died in the 1970s. Their traditional masks, usually made out of wood, were used among other items in the ceremony of Nguillatun, the main religious celebration during harvest season, in which the Ona thanked and asked deities for common welfare and prosperity.
Where to find it:
Unique masks can be found at local #57 at the Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos, Avda, Apoquindo #9085, Las Condes, Phone 02-248-2295. Metro station: Los Dominicos;
Hours: Tue-Sun, 10:30am to 8pm.
Don't forget to stop by Local #46 in Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia;
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

11. Mapuche Musical Instruments

Mapuche Musical Instruments
The Mapuche Indians were such fierce warriors that the Inca Empire, after having conquered all of South America, was eventually defeated by the Mapuche tribes who successfully resisted numerous attempts to occupy their territory. The Mapuche also defeated the Spaniards, who otherwise conquered all of South America, and continued their resistance in southern Chile for about 200 years, until finally signing a peace treaty in the late 1880s. There are two traditional Mapuche musical instuments: the trutruca – a long colorful trumpet with a cow horn for bell; and the kultrún – a leather/wood drum often painted with Mapuche symbols. For either instrument expect to pay between $30 and $60 USD.
Where to find it:
There are two good places to find Mapuche instruments in Santiago:
*Instrumentos Musicales Mesko, San Francisco 364 - Santiago Centro, Phone: 633 1342
and a nice little music shop
Hours: 10am to 7:30pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 2pm Sat;
*Local #39, Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm.

12. Pisco

Pisco
Pisco is a liquor made of grapes. While there is a heated dispute between Chile and Peru as to Pisco origins, drinks made with Pisco are considered an art form in Chile. Pisco is used in various recipes, such as: Pisco Sour, made with lime juice; Mango Sour, made with mango juice; and Sour Haas, made with avocados, pineapple and mint. There is even an Aji Sour, made with Chilean green chili! Pisco comes in varying proofs of alcohol, from 12° to 50°, the higher the proof, the higher the price. You get to decide for yourself if the proof improves the flavor. A nice bottle of Chilean Pisco can range from $5 to $30 USD a bottle. Bottles of premixed Pisco sour and mango sour sell for $6 to $10 USD.
Where to find it:
A very nice selection of Pisco can be found at Larbos, which have two locations in town: *Estado 26, Santiago centro; Hours: 8am to 10 pm Mon-Sat
*Club de la union, Av. Libertado O’Higgins 1091 interior, Santiago centro. Hours: 11am to 5pm Mon-Fri;
The biggest selection of liquors in Santiago is El cielo located on San Diego 1430, Santiago Centro, Phone: 5569504 – 5511418. Hours: 10am to 8pm Mon-Sat
Also try El Mundo del Viño, they have three locations in Santiago:
*mall Parque Arauco, Local 379, Las Condes, Phone (02) 580 3548;
*mall alto Las CondesPrevNext, Local 2038, Las Condes, Phone (02) 580 3548 and
MALL COSTANERA CENTER
Av. Andrés Bello 2524, Local 1162, Providencia
Phone: (02) 2899 7030
Hours: 10am-9pm

13. Chilean Carica

Chilean Carica
Chilean Carico is also known as Chilean Golden Papaya or Chilean Mountain Papaya, even though it grows near the Atacama Desert (famed as the driest place on Earth). Due to its limited crop size, the exotic Chilean papaya is usually sold and consumed only in Chile. When exported, Chilean papaya is considered a gourmet fruit, used in desserts and garnishing. Unlike other papayas, Chilean Carica is never eaten raw. It should be cooked before eating because of the high level of papain present, an enzyme that digests proteins. This boutique fruit with a bright yellow color and delightful sweet taste is sold in preserves for about $5 to $10 a jar.
Where to find it:
The nice thing about buying this exotic Chilean fruit in Chile is that it is commonly available at all the supermarket chains. You can find them year round at the supermarkets Jumbo, Tottus, Lider, Santa Isabela, or Unimarc. If the supermarket near you is out, then go to the Jumbo at mall Alto Los Condes, (Hours: 10am to 10pm Mon-Sun) or the Tottus at mall Parque Arauco, (Parque Arauco, 5413 Kennedy Ave, Hours: 10am to 9pm, Mon-Sat, 11am to pm Sun) both in Las Condes. They always carry a good selection!

14. Crin

Crin
Rari is a small town in southern Chile, near Linares, where the craft of making figures using woven horse hair, called Crin, has originated. This novel form of art has been passed down from mother to daughter for about 300 years. You can find colorful flowers, birds, butterflies, animals, and human figures all made of woven horse hair. These hand-made crafts are still produced one at a time and there are a few shops in Santiago that keep a good stock of Crin items. Of course, if you visit Linares in Southern Chile, it is well worth taking a 21-km trip to Rari. Expect to pay between $5 and 10 USD for a small to medium size Crin figures.
Where to find it:
The one shop that always keeps a nice selection of crin is shop #54 at Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia. Hours: daily, 10am to 7pm. They has been selling crin for over 20 years. Shop #54 is hidden in the back of the market Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia, a compilation of crafts shops in the center of Santiago, at the foothills of Cerro Santa Lucia. Alameda #510. Phone 02-632-3668. Metro station: Santa Lucia.
You can also try Patio Bellavista ,Constitución #30 - 70, Providencia. Phone: 02-249-8700
Hours: daily, 11am to 10pm
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