Souvenirs are a great way to stay hooked on to your vacation, even when you are miles away and years apart. They can transport you to the good old days of your visit and help you relieve those enjoyable moments in a jiffy. With that in mind, if you are traveling to Chile soon, grab these five excellent souvenirs on your way back home.
Alpaca fiber is a soft wool or fleece that is derived from Chilean llama. Locals use it to make fine and warm clothing, which is also quite popular as souvenirs among tourists. From scarves and ponchos to sweaters and jackets, there is something for everyone to look forward to. For buying the best fit, head over to northern Chile.
Lapis lazuli is an opaque, deep blue gemstone that signifies wisdom and integrity for the locals in Chile. It is also believed to build relationships, friendships, and emotions. It is used to make some stunning jewelry pieces, which are available as necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. You can also get your hands on keychains and cufflinks made up of this stone.
Mapuche is a kind of fabric that has been existing in Chile since the 5th century, with textiles and artworks dating to the 14th century. Available in a host of designs and colors, Mapuche products include shawls, ponchos, rugs, and other forms of clothing that keep you warm during harsh winter months. The symbols or patterns on the fabric depict the ancient Mapuche traditions.
Copper is used in Chile to make a diverse variety of products. It is also a great contributor to its economy as Chile is a major export of this metal. From home decor products like windchimes, showpieces, statues, murals, and coasters to accessories such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, you are bound to be spoilt for choice while shopping for copper items here.
Do you know about the monolithic human figures with long noses and deeply inset eyes that were carved by Rapa Nui a millennium ago? Well, they are called Moai and they have been a part of Chile’s heritage for ages. While, of course, you can’t carry the entire statue back home, you can grab its tiny figurines that are perfect as souvenirs.