7 Chilean Souvenirs You Need to Buy
Your trip to Chile isn’t complete unless you pick up some souvenirs that are typical of the country. Pick up these items to remember Chile:
Copper is Chile’s principal export and makes the country a lot of money. You’ll find many things made of copper in Chile, from bookmarks to large wall hangings. You may want to pick up an easily found item: a flat rectangular copper plate showing a map of the country and typical regional scenes.
Something with Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a blue semi-precious stone principle found only in Afghanistan and Chile. You’ll find all manner of jewelery made with Lapis Lazuli in small shops and markets throughout Chile, including the Bellavista district in Santiago.
The Emboque is a traditional Chilean game consisting of a wooden bell and a stick attached with a string. The object is to flick the bell up from a hanging position and get it to land on the stick.
The Trompo is a top made of wood that you wind with string and then throw at the ground to make it dance. If you are really good, you can challenge the kids in the street to a duel.
If you see this little carved indian wood statue in a market, be careful when you pick it up. You’ll be in for a crude surprise.
You’ll find the famous Moai statues from Easter Island represented in all manner of souvenirs: mini-statues for your desk, key chains, necklaces, ear rings, t-shirts, etc.
Soccer (Fútbol) Jersey
Soccer is life in Chile. Every Chilean has a favorite Chilean team and all support La Roja (the Red), the Chilean national team. Pick up a jersey from the Chilean national team or one of several Chilean teams like Colo-Colo or La Universidad de Chile.
Where to Buy?
You should be able to pick up the handcrafted items at typical tourist-trap markets around popular attractions, airport gift shops, and even at local shopping districts of whichever town you are in. You may even find some treasures at local street markets called ferias.
Have you been to Chile? What would you add to the list?
Posted July 21st, 2010 in Travel Tips.
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