One of the best places to pick up outdoor gear is Climet. It has a large selection of fishing tackle, camp stove gas canisters, tents and other items, plus snow sporting equipment. Fishing licenses can also be gotten here, with the purchase of some thing (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Angulo 603, Tel.: 23-3248).
Pueblito Artesanal is a gathering of almost four dozen artisan shops selling wood, leather, jewelry, weavings and other crafts (daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 1100-block of Mackenna, with Freire).
LibrerÃa ClÃ¡sicos carries Spanish and English-language nature guides, as well as road and trekking maps (Monday-Friday 9:30 p.m.-1 p.m., 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mackenna 1071, Tel.: 23-8626).
Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...