El Rincón del Viajero: Have you forgotten something?... This is the place
If you are traveling in San Pedro de Atacama and you forgot something, this is the store! ...
You can find clothes, camping accessories, electronics, tours and everything you need to make your stay more pleasant.
What to buy: swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sleeping bag, backpack, oxygen and much more.
What to pay: It is the cheapest shop for this product.
General shopping: General shopping
San Pedro is not your average village and certainly not a place where a big LIDER supermarket would settle down, it's tourist orientated and so is the shopping. Besides your standard selection of minimarkets (small supermarkets) there are a few touristshops and a post office. That's it.
What to pay: Water is cheap, 5l is just as expensive as 1.6l bottles and given you have got an empty 1.6l bottle it may be better to just fill that bottle with a big one.
The rest is reasonably expensive, given the fact you are in a remote place and a tourist spot.
ATM's of the desert
There are 2 ATM machines in San Pedro. One is at the Ivero Travels office, on Caracoles 151-B (on the corner w/ Domingo Atienza), and the other is a mobile, satellite-linked bank truck parked in the plaza, and open 24-hours.
Both accept all kinds of credit cards (Visa, Electron, Cirrus, MC, AMEX, etc.) for drafts (foreign currencies are automatically converted into Chilean pesos: check the rate on the on-screen menu)
Remember: it's expensive here
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.
After visiting the plaza and the church nearby we passed a small group of shops including this jewellery store where I bought a silver ring.
What to buy: Silver Jewellery
What to pay: I bought a silver ring for 14000 pesos.
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