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Artesanía El Chucao carves stunning wood sculptures of birds (daily 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Ansorena 565, local 1, Tel.: 44-4339, URL: In the same building are many other artisans with stalls exhibiting their wood, wool and other crafts. The municipal market is another space almost entirely devoted to the sale of woolens. Elizabeth poveda creates fine silver and lapis lazuli jewelry, some of Mapuche design (daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fresia 295, Tel.: 44-9530, E-mail:


Travel Aid has an excellent selection of road and topographical trekking maps, plus some travel and nature guides. Also on its plate is selling Argentine car insurance and booking tickets for boat into the deep Patagonia. The staff speaks English and German (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m Ansorena 425, local 4, Tel.: 44-4040, E-mail:, URL: Expolibros also has a better selection of nature and travel guides. It also carries maps, books on local history and works in English (daily 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. O’Higgins 415, local 3-B, Tel.: 44-4819).


Fishing tackle can be bought or rented from Alma Verde (Monday-Saturday 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Urrutia 283, Tel.: 9-869-3016, URL: / This shop also gives classes in fly fishing and organizes expeditions. For stove gas, kayak gear and camping equipment, stop by Hiking experience. It also carries Nautika, Trespass and GoreTex brands (daily 9 a.m.-8.30 p.m. Fresia 248, local 6).

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