In time for the high season, the Patagonia Park store is now up and running. Alongside a helpful array of field books and guides, the store features crafts from some of the best craftsmen in Chile. Much care has been put into sourcing these products, which include honey, wool, wooden crafts, tanned hides, horsehair handcrafts, and souvenirs.
The store’s all-organic wool products are all made from wool produced at the farms that surround our sister park, Pumalin Park, where a cooperative of women work together to create sweaters, hats, throws and blankets. Tanned sheep skin is also available, tanned by women in Cochrane, the closest town to Patagonia Park.
Hand woven baskets have become a quintessential Patagonia souvenir, and the store is stocked with several types from all over Chile. Boqui, a wild vine from the Valdivian forest, is woven together by indigenous communities from the coast of Valdivia to make baskets of all shapes and sizes. There are two types of boqui, pil pil (for woven chickens and the Tree of Life), and pilfuco, which works better for big pots and baskets. The emblematic junquillo baskets, traditional woven by the Mapuche from the famous island of Chiloé, are also for sale. Mimbre (wicker), purchased from Chimbarongo (a rural community south of Santiago), another plant fiber indigenous to Chile, make for beautiful and sturdy decorations, such as tablemats, fruit pots, and ornamental balls.
The store’s wooden bowls come from the Liquiñe, an indigenous community in the Araucanía region, in addition to the Cypress bowls which come from Caleta Tortel. Also, unique to Patagonia Park, the store sells custom linen pillows, embroidered with some of the park’s local plants such as orchids and colas de zorro (foxtails). Made in Vichuquen, a lake district in central Chile, the linen pillows are the perfect way to decorate your home with a little taste of the Lodge at Valle Chacabuco.
Open October through April, the Patagonia Park store is located at the park headquarters in Aysen, Chile.