CHILE - Where to get postcards 🇨🇱

Here’s a wiki of physical stores and locations in Chile to get postcards, organized by region and city/commune. Feel free to edit it — just click the image button underneath this post.

Please note that the wiki and all subsequent comments must be in English, as per the terms of service of this site.

Región de Arica y Parinacota

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Región de Tarapacá

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Iquique

  • Libreria Julieta: Tarapacá 747, Iquique.

Región de Antofagasta

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Región de Atacama

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Región de Coquimbo

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La Serena

  • La Recova Market: Cienfuegos & Cantournet

Región de Valparaíso

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Valparaiso

  • Valpostal: Urriola 678, Valparaíso

Región Metropolitana de Santiago

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Santiago

Las Condes

  • ArteChile: Av. Apoquindo 9085, local 29, Las Condes
  • Maria Paz Mellado: Av. Apoquindo 9085, local 88, Las Condes (Shop)
  • Mado A. Rebolledo: Av. Apoquindo 9085, local 55, Las Condes
  • Mundo Cerámica: Av. Apoquindo 9085, local 14, Las Condes

Ñuñoa

  • Bakan Remember It: Av. Simon Bolivar 4150, 102C, Ñuñoa (Catalog, order at anta.liboreiro@imageart.cl)

Providencia

  • Kaikai: Av. Providencia 2124, local 02, Providencia
  • Kiosk outside CorreosChile Office: Av. Nueva Providencia 2092, Providencia
  • Archivo Larrea: Bodega 1, Hernando de Aguirre 496, Providencia, 31B (Order Ahead)
  • Souvenir Shop: Terraza Bellavista, San Cristóbal Hill
  • Library: Santuario Inmaculada Concepción, located on top of San Cristóbal Hill.

Pudahuel

  • Britt Shop Chile: Av. Armando Cortinez Norte, Pudahuel (SCL Airport, 2nd floor before security)

Santiago Central

  • Kiosks outside of Correo Central: Plaza de Armas 989, Santiago
  • Lapizlázuli (crafts shop): Portal Fernández Concha, Plaza de Armas, Local 393, Santiago
  • Tienda Nacional: Merced 369, Santiago (Shop)
  • Recuerda Chile: Merced 346, Local F, Santiago
  • Centro Cultural La Moneda: Plaza de la Ciudadanía 26, Santiago (Main shop and Coffee shop)
  • Centro de Exposición y Venta de Arte Indígena, Cerro Santa Lucía: Cerro Sta. Lucía, Santiago (Ground level, left side of fort)
  • Centro Artesanal Santa Lucía: Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins S/N & Carmen, Santiago
  • Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Tienda): Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 227, Santiago
  • Persa Victor Manuel: Víctor Manuel 2220, Santiago
  • Galpón Bio Bio: Víctor Manuel 2241, Santiago

Vitacura

  • Pilgrim Travel Store: Explorador Fawcett 1660, local 112, Vitacura (Order Ahead)

Región del Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins

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Región del Maule

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Talca

  • Kuk: Mall Portal Centro, 1 Sur 1537, 3rd floor, local 315, Talca (Order Ahead)

Región de Ñuble

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Región del Biobío

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Región de La Araucanía

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Región de Los Ríos

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Región de Los Lagos

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Puerto Varas

  • Feria Artesanal: Del Salvador 109, Puerto Varas
  • Saltos del Rio Petrohué: Store inside the national park

Frutillar Bajo

  • Galería Lindemann Artesanías

Región Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo

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Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena

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Puerto Natales

  • Cafetería Ñandú: Arturo Prat 200, Puerto Natales

Punta Arenas

  • Tienda Clerc: Presidente Julio A. Roca 935, Punta Arenas
  • Tienda Clerc: José Nogueira 1102, Punta Arenas

Chilean postcards outside the Country

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For Tourists (or anyone, for that matter)

Hello and welcome to Chile!

I bet you’re wondering how to send postcards along your travels. And while the wiki has a long list of places to get them, let’s go over the basics.

First of all, hopefully you’ve already packed your pens. If you haven’t, there is always a libreria in every city. The most common are Lapiz Lopez and Nacional Libreria (use code TINI-NL for 15% off online purchases). However, any libreria will have some sort of pen and marker selection. Also note that librerias may also have a selection of envelopes, stickers, paper, etc. If you have pen pals and staying for a while, take a look.

Now, on to postage. This is a bit tricky because it depends on where you’re from. The postage price wiki will have the general rate for Santiago and Valparaiso, but other places may have different rates.

On top of that, not all post offices carry stamps. It’s a bit hit or miss. There are some options when it comes to getting ahold of them.

First off, if you can’t make it to Santiago, try the main post office of the area/town/city. You can usually find them in the Plaza de Armas (town center). Keep in mind that they may have stamps, or they may not and print you a white sticker. Ask politely and see what happens. You may get lucky!

If you do make it to Santiago, make your way to the main post office at the Plaza de Armas (it’s the big white building next to the main cathedral…if you type “Correos Chile Plaza de Armas Santiago” in Google, you’ll find it). Go into the first office on your left when you enter. That’s the philatelic office. You can purchase tons of stamps there when they’re open. Just make sure to bring cash, as they don’t accept card. And if the office isn’t open, grab a number and wait for an attendant. They have stamps, though a smaller selection (you may need to pay more than the going rate), and you can even pay with card.

Finally, you can order them online. Look at @seba_flores’s comment below for more info on the topic….

Finally, for postcards…Well, there’s a giant list above. Here’s a list of where to find popular locations on the wiki:

  • Santiago - Región Metropolitana de Santiago
  • Valparaiso - Región de Valparaíso
  • Viña del Mar - Región de Valparaíso
  • Easter Island - Región de Valparaíso
  • San Pedro de Atacama - Región de Antofagasta
  • La Serena - Región de Coquimbo
  • Torres del Paine - Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena
  • Etc.

Also, if you collect any series (FOTW, MOTW, WT, WOW, GF, etc.) make sure to order those ahead of time.

I hope this helps!

-Dan

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Hi! I live in Chile and have bought postage stamps through the Filatelia website. I must say that the system is quite “peculiar” (to put it in some way), since after sending an e-mail to the address indicated on the website, you have to be lucky for the person in charge to send the XLS file (yes, it’s a spreadsheet) that contains the “catalogue” of stamps for sale. After that, you have to reply to the e-mail with the stamps you are interested in, and then they explain the payment method. I don’t find the whole process very safe, but unfortunately it is the only way to acquire stamps from previous years without having to go to an office that has stamps available (remember that not all offices sell stamps!).

Also, since I live in Chile, the payment process (through a bank deposit) and the shipment of the purchase to my address is relatively simple, but for many it can also be a bit cumbersome. I imagine that buying stamps from abroad must be even more complex or it may not be possible.

I hope that my experience with Filatelia from CorreosChile is helpful.

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