Patagonia Park Store is Open for Business

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Photo: Carolina Morgado

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.

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Photo: Carolina Morgado

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.

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Photo: Carolina Morgado

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.

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Photo: Carolina Morgado

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Photo: Carolina Morgado

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.

8 thoughts on “Patagonia Park Store is Open for Business

  1. Hana
    Tuesday November 4th, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Your shops are beautiful. Thank you for promoting local economy.

    1. Jose
      Saturday August 15th, 2015 at 05:58 PM

      What do you mean by local materials? Because these things are not from Patagonia or from the local area with exception to the bowls from Tortel. The local towns have no connection with creating art work for the park as of now.

      1. Conservacion Patagonica
        Wednesday November 4th, 2015 at 12:22 AM

        Hi Jose, thank you for your comment. We have multiple handcraft stores in both Chile and Argentina, and the supplies we sell in all of the stores are all made in Chile and Argentina. On a hyper-local level most of the products sold are not necessarily handcrafts, however as tourism increases in the region our hope is that this market will increase as well. Thank you for your message, and we hope you can come visit the store in person.

  2. Reid
    Sunday November 9th, 2014 at 05:15 PM

    Hello, do you have any T-shirts or hats to order for program promotion/awareness? Thank you,
    -Reid

  3. Barbara
    Monday November 10th, 2014 at 06:10 PM

    My husband and I visited Aysen Region last year and were mesmerized by its rugged beauty. Seeing the pictures and reading about Chile, brings back fond memories. We look forward to returning to Chile to visit Patagonia Park.

  4. Pacha
    Saturday November 22nd, 2014 at 09:48 AM

    Any way to buy a sweater, from the ladies over at Pumalin Park, online? How about a custom order for two sweaters? Any way to pull that off, online?

  5. jill
    Saturday January 17th, 2015 at 02:36 PM

    Hello…I’m wondering if any of the products mentioned in the store can be purchased online? Thank you for your assistance!

    Jill

  6. Thursday November 26th, 2015 at 02:23 PM

    Todo se ve muy lindo!!

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