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San Pedro de Atacama Shopping: 6 reviews and 7 photos

  Caracoles st. shops
by Glospi

There?s not too much to buy in San Pedro: the local handicraft?s fair ?on a covered alley on the N side of the plaza- sells mainly Peruvian ?NOT local- crafts and goods, and the rest of the offer is either groceries, or expensive wines and the like.

What to buy: Nevertheless, there?s a new indigenous shopping centre, on the E end of Caracoles street, called Galería de los Pueblos Indígenas, established as a response to the plaza?s gallery, which sells local (Kunza and Likan Antai) crafts, such as pottery and woven goods. Check this before the other one at the plaza.

What to pay: On the practical side, just remember this: EVERYTHING is cheaper anywhere else, so bring with you everything you need (and can).
Especially expensive (3X its average price and more) are batteries (all types), films, videotape, flashlights, gas canisters, blank CD?s, canned and dairy items, wine, beer and other liquours, and water.
Moderately priced -around 2X its average price, but still expensive by Chilean standards- are bread, meat, vegetables, bottled drinks (such as Coca Cola), Internet connection time and car spares.
Postage, phone calls (to anywhere) and fuel are the same price as in the rest of Chile.

Address: Caracoles street and around (shown in the picture)
Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 9, 2004
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