Lapis lazuli is really a beautiful, azure stone that may simply be present in Afghanistan and Chile. It's affordable in Chile so get some lapis lazuli jewellery in the Lapis Lazuli House in Santiago, where I purchased this pendant.
Like I have pointed out in other posts, I've got a huge dependence on pottery. Greda is really a Chilean clay that work well to cook, and like cast-iron maintains flavor with time. Many traditional Chilean dishes, for example pastel de choclo, must only be cooked in greda.
While you can purchase greda is Santiago, the costs are frequently higly marked-up. A good option to purchase it's Pomaire, a small town around an hour . 5 from the middle of Santiago. The city has one dirt road and shops with stacks and stacks of pottery. The pottery is extremely breakable so be cautious around the ride home!
Note: This pig-faced bowl is known as a chanchito and it is best of luck.
3. Ceramic creatures
You will notice these little ceramic animal figurines, including wild birds, frogs and tigers, throughout Chile. I really like this little blue horse… very Chilean and thus cute!
4. Copper cookware
Chile may be the world's largest producer and exporter of copper. (It's certainly one of reasons Chile has got the most powerful economy in South Usa.) Exactly what does this suggest for vacationers like all of us? Affordable copper containers and pans! I purchased this pan in Puerto Varas, Chile for just $40 USD.
Merquén is among my personal favorite spices, and yields a smoky, spicy flavor. It's used a traditional Chilean dish known as curanto, a meat, sea food and potato stew. It's difficult to find within the U.S. (it appears is the ONE spice the Spice House does not stock!) so it's wise to create some away from Chile.
Chilean wines are good. Very, excellent. I favor Chile's Carmenere to Argentina's Malbec since it is significantly less tannic. While I'm not sure much about wine, I know this- buy good quality Chilean wines like Casillero del Diabo or Concha y Toro as well as your buddies is going to be happy.
Note: Chilean beer can also be scrumptious as a result of large increase of Spanish people after World war 2 (These were definitely not Nazis, actually). My top picks are Austral and Kuntzmann Miel.
7. Neruda paraphenalia
This can be a box I purchased at Isla Negra, among the three homes of eccentric and brilliant Chilean poet and Nobel Prize Champion, Pablo Neruda. His symbol may be the fish emblem about this box while he loved the ocean greater than other things. His house in Isla Negra includes a room solely designated for antique mermaid figureheads.
I'd highly recommending any one of his three homes La Chascona in Santiago, La Sebastiana in Valparaiso and Isla Negra.
Me at Isla Negra after Delta PERMANENTLY lost my luggage. Do not hate on my small hot outfit.