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Iquique Shopping - Shopping Iquique - Chile

Along Paseo Baquedano, near Plaza Prat, street stalls sell artisan wares, antiques, books and other wares. Galería Turística Artesanal is a mini-mall of artisan stands selling everything from handmade crafts to kitschy souvenirs (Gorostiaga 301). Marka Sawuri, a cooperative of Aymara women from Chile’s altiplano, sells fine shawls, ruandas (ponchos) and clothing. All are hand-made from alpaca (Sunday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-7 p.m. Baquedano 958, Tel.: 51-9594, E-mail:, URL:


Megashoppers have a few places in Iquique where they can flex their muscles. The Mall de las Américas is a typical US-style shopping center, replete with movie theaters and a food court (daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Avenida Héroes de la Concepción near Playa Cavancha. URL: The big game, however, is out at the Zona Franca de Iquique, simply known as Zofri (on north side of town, beyond Avenida Barranquilla, Tel.: 51-5600). This zona franca draws shoppers from all corners of Latin America and the world. Any import item can be purchased here, including electronics and motorcycle parts. Balfer specializes in camping gear (Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., open Sundays in summer. Zofri Mall, Módulo 2032, Tel.: 41-9006 / 41-4669, E-mail: To get to Zofri, take a black and yellow colectivo taxi with a Zofri sign in its window ($1).

Iquique, Chile

Shopping Types:
Shopping malls, Artesan workshop, Handcraft, Sporting goods store

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

By Lorraine Caputo

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