Chilean wine has been grown in importance for the last years and is known all over the world. Just go to the supermarket and find your favourite. Chilean law requires that the stated grape, vintage, and geographical area (Denominación de Origen) make up 75% of what is in the bottle. So if you read all information carefully you can be sure that you will get what is on the label. The most typical wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. The Cabernet Sauvignon for example grows in the sun-drenched central valley not far away from Santiago.
Lapis Lazuli is a blue semi-precious stone principle found only in Afghanistan and Chile. You can find it in all manners of jewelry such as rings, ear rings or key rings . The best places can be found in small shops in Bellavista (Santiago) but also throughout country one can find it quite often. To make sure it is real Lapis Lazuli you can wipe it in alcohol. If it looses color it is fake. Also check the prices for validation. Usually Lapis Lazuli jewelry is quite expensive. Another indicator is if the golden lines are too perfect and shiny, it is most likely not real.
The indio pícaro (kinky Indian) is a traditional chilean wooden statuette referencing a Mapuche Indian with a broad smile that, when the body is lifted, shows an erect penis or vagina (Guacolda or india pícara). The indio pícaro is found in traditional artisan shops in south-central Chile. It is often made of wood, and is a perfect ‘gag gift’.
We know it, a jersey or t shirt is quite a typical souvenir, but you can get some really cool ones! For example, football is life in Chile. Every Chilean has a favourite Chilean team and everyone supports La Roja (the Red). It is the Chilean national team. Bring one or more jerseys home from the National team, Colo-Colo or Universidad de Chile. Or have you maybe survived the W in South America’s finest national park? Then show it to everyone. Get a SEN shirt which will never let you forget this extreme experience and its granite pillars of Torres del Paine, vertically more than 2000m above the Patagonian steppe.
The Moai statues are massive megaliths at Easter Island, and these are what this island is famous for. The moais were built in approximately 1400-1650 A.D. by the natives of this island also known as Rapa Nui. You will 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. So get whatever you like most.