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Chapter 11: Chile > Shopping in Chile

Shopping in Chile

Chile is a shopper’s paradise if you are interested in leather and lapis. Shoe shops can be found on every corner, sometimes more than one. Leatherware include items from nearby Argentina as well as locally made products. In the suburbs of Santiago you will find modern malls and shopping centers like the one in Las Condes, called Alto Las Condes, a short subway ride from downtown. There, you will find shops selling shoes and leatherware at surprisingly competitive prices.

But the real bargains are locally made crafts, which can be bought at markets throughout the country. Items like handmade sweaters, hats, handicrafts, and even beautiful copper works are cheap and abundant. Prepare to bargain.

Perhaps the best buy of all is lapis lazuli. There are two places in the world where lapis is mined in enough quantity to be made into jewelry: Chile and Afghanistan. Unless you are a serious adventure traveler, I would suggest Chile. In Santiago, there is a neighborhood called Bellavista where all the lapis shops and factories are located. It is well worth a visit. You could pay for your entire trip to Chile with some choice purchases. Do some research and then go to town. The selection is amazing and very reasonable, downright cheap in some cases compared to what you would spend in other parts of the world. Whether it’s a picture frame or a necklace or a massive carving, you will find it here. Remember, with lapis it all boils down to po....


  

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