Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Santiago

It would be a pity to leave Santiago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Santiago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Chile » Santiago (See other walking tours in Santiago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Daniel
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Catron

1) Catron

What to buy here: Huaso clothing – the Chilean cowboy.

If you are going dance the cueca, the national dance of Chile, you must be dressed for the party. 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 nice. A complete outfit would include the traditional huaso riding saddle and horse. No cowboy would be 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.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-19:30; Saturday: 10:00-14:30
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Instrumentos Musicales Mesko

2) Instrumentos Musicales Mesko

What to buy here: Mapuche musical instruments.

The Mapuche Indians were such fierce warriors. the Inca Empire, after having conquered all South America were defeated by the Mapuche, having successfully resisted many attempts to occupy their territory. The Mapuche also defeated the Spaniards, who also conquered all South America. The Mapuche resisted in southern Chile for about 200 years, until they finaly signed a peace treaty in the late 1880´s. There are two traditional Mapuche musical instuments: the trutruca – a long colorful trumpet that uses a cows horn for its bell and the kultrún – a leather and wood drum that is often painted with Mapuche symbols. Expect to pay between $30 and $60 USD for either instrument.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-19:30; Saturday: 10:00-14:00
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Confiteria Larbos

3) Confiteria Larbos

What to buy here: Pisco.

Pisco is a liquor produced from grapes. While there is a heated dispute between Chile and Peru as to Piscos’ origins; drinks made with Pisco are considered an art form in Chile. Pisco is used in recipes like 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.

A very nice selection of Pisco can be found at Larbos, Estado 26, Santiago centro; Hours: 8am to 10 pm Mon-Sat.
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Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia

4) Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia

What to buy here: Alpaca clothing | Copper crafts and jewelry | Crin figurines | Lapis lazuli jewelry | Mapuche musical instruments | Native traditional masks | Rapanui (Easter Island Moai statues).

-Crin figurines. Rari is a small town in southern Chile near Linares where the craft of making figures with woven horse hair originated, called crin. 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 with woven horse hair. These hand made crafts are still made one at a time and there are few shops that keep a stock in Santiago. Of course if you visit Linares in Southern Chile, it is worth the 21 km trip to visit Rari. Expect to pay between $5 and 10 USD for the small to medium sized figures.

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.
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Maleteria Evelyn

5) Maleteria Evelyn

What to buy here: Leather goods.

Chile is famous not only for its copper, but also for its handcrafted leather goods. Seems like everyone in Santiago is wearing leather shoes, should one judge by the number of shoe shine stands spread all over the city. This may be unwelcome news for someone with more traditional views, yet leather isn’t just for shoes and wallets anymore. You can find leather wine holders, leather backpacks, leather cooking aprons and even leather coasters. Leather gives the added touch of elegance to any gift. Hand made leather crafts always make for treasured gifts which are both durable and practical. You have with many gift options to choose from such as premium leather briefcases, purses, belts, jackets, wallets, computer bags, gloves, hats, pants, even leather jewelry holders can be found in Santiago. You will find leather at very good prices, bear in mind that prices depend on quality and size of the leather item you are choosing. If you want the best price available, get rid of that touristy look on your face and always ask if they can improve the price.

Maleteria Evelyn has been fabricating leather goods for 45 years.
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Patio Bellavista Souvenirs

6) Patio Bellavista Souvenirs

What to buy here: Copper crafts and jewelry | Crin figurines | Hand made leather crafts | Lapis lazuli jewelry | Mapuche Woven fabrics | Prensado de Flores y Frutas | Rapanui (Easter Island Moai statues).

-Rapanui (Easter Island Moai statues). Easter Island is the most remote inhabited place on earth, and has been part of Chilean heritage since 1888. The Moai represent ancestral chiefs who were believed to be descended directly from the 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 examples 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 statues 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.

The best place to buy a Moai statue is on Easter Island itself, however in Santiago we recommend Patio Bellavista, 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

Walking Tours in Santiago, Chile

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santiago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Recoleta Commune Walk

Recoleta Commune Walk

Chilean capital Santiago is made up of several communes, of which perhaps the most famous is Recoleta. Established under the rule of Pinochet, Recoleta commune abounds in historic and architectural attractions: churches, parks and more. On this walking tour you visit some of the most notable sights of this part of Santiago.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Santiago, the capital of Chile, was founded by Spanish conquerers. As most other capitals, the heart of Santiago is full of museums rich in the culture and history of the city and of Chile. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited museums of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Providencia is a commune in Santiago that includes the famous shopping and nightlife district of Bellevista. In this densely populated part of the city, you will see many mansions where the elite of Santiago once lived. The Metropolitan Zoo and Teleferico are also highlights of this area. This tour will take you to the most visited places of the commune:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The downtown area of Chilean capital Santiago is a true treasure trove for architecture and history lovers. Spending time in Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, will be even more enjoyable if you follow this orientation walk and explore the city's colonial past.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Santiago offers great attractions for children. Your kids are sure to enjoy Fantasilandia, the Railway Museum, Zoo and sweets shops. The following self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular and educational attractions for kids in Santiago:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.3 km
Self-Guided Tour: Landmarks of Santiago

Self-Guided Tour: Landmarks of Santiago

Santiago offers amazing views of beautiful mountains that surround the city. The hills that lie within the city have became landmarks due to the magnificent view of Santiago they offer and because of the monuments that sit upon them. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular landmarks of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

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