Where to Buy Souvenirs in Chile

Before you head back home from your trip to Chile, you’ve got to take stock of what you’re bringing back with you. Maybe in the north you bought a poncho, or you headed to Pomaire and bought some terra cotta dishes or three-legged lucky pigs. Or maybe you’ve loaded up your bag with the legal allotment of Chilean wine. But there’s always room for a few more items, for yourself, the person watching your house while you’re gone, or your child’s teacher, who helped you out by giving you your child’s homework assignments in advance. Here’s a quick guide to where to round out your souvenir shopping in Santiago before getting on the plane to go back home.

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October 27, 2014 by
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Beaches and History in Iquique, in Northern Chile

Iquique, in the north of Chile has several things that no other city in the country has. It was a historically important town in the saltpeter (nitrate) industry, which can be seen in the structure and architecture of the city. It also has beach access that is significantly warmer (and more surfable) than many other beaches in the country. And if that weren’t enough, there is also a rebuilt ship museum representing Chile’s most important naval battle, in which a wood-hulled Chilean ship sank an ironclad Peruvian one.

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October 1, 2014 by
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Outdoor Adventures in the Atacama

If you’re up for traveling to the driest desert in the world, you’re probably up for some outdoor adventure while you’re there. The Atacama desert is normally accessed in Chile from the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, and from there, you can arrange for many different kinds of outdoor adventure, from self-guided […]

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September 3, 2014 by
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Three Ways to Visit Chile’s Moneda Palace

The Moneda is Chile’s presidential palace, a building which was built on the site where the national mint used to be (thus the name moneda, which means monetary unit or coin). It is a neoclassical building that faces the Plaza de La Ciudadania. On the back side is the Plaza La Constitución, a plaza full of trees and benches, statuary and loads of uniformed guards. Below are three different ways to see the Moneda on a visit to Santiago.

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August 27, 2014 by
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Atacama: Hot Springs, Geysers, and Lakes in the World’s Driest Desert

San Pedro de Atacama is a small outpost town that is the seat of desert tourism for Chile, and most visitors come to spend about three or four days here, taking in the sights. Many of the sights are focused on the presence of water, which makes for a striking contrast in this mostly barren landscape. Here are several water-related attractions below.

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August 13, 2014 by
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Wine Tasting at Cousiño Macúl and Concha y Toro from Santiago

On my early May day trip to the Cousiño Macúl and Concha y Toro wineries, I hoped that the grape vines would be showing off their best and brightest autumn colors when I went to visit. The harvest would be just about ending, and though there might still be some later-harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon on the vine, I really wanted to see the reds and golds of the leaves on the perfect rows of grape plants.

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August 6, 2014 by
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