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lapis lazuli Chile is one of only two countries in the world where lapis lazuli, a brilliant blue semi-precious stone, is found in abundance, and lapis jewelry is plentiful in all price ranges. Alpaca woolen stoles and sweaters are another local specialty, along with wooden crafts made by the native Mapuche Indians. A wide selection can be found at Los Dominicos in Las Condes; this picturesque craftsman's village has over 150 shops and stalls, many with working artisans on hand.

Bellavista, Santiago's bohemian district, has many shops selling jewelry. For the best quality in jewelry and crafts, check out Pura on Av. Kennedy.

Bring your plastic to Vitacura, the city's best spot for designer boutiques and other luxe offerings. (Start at Avenida Alonso de Cordova.) We also like Providencia for big-name international brands.

The crafts village of Pomaire, famous for its earthenware pottery, is about 43 miles from Santiago. Buses depart frequently from Terminal San Borja in downtown Santiago. Pomaire is also included on some winery tours.

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