Handmade Travel – Pueblito Los Dominicos

Let’s say you find yourself in Santiago, Chile and you’ve grown tired of gorgeous colonial architecture, lush public parks and had your fill of pisco sours, here’s what I recommend you do. Hop on the subway and take the red line (Linea 1) all the way to the end. Get off at the last stop – Los Dominicos – and you will find that you’ve been whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the city to someplace a little quieter. Someplace quite special.

There, nestled in the foothills of the great Andes mountains, you will see a white church.

Pause for a minute, in the shade of towering palms, and reflect on where you are.

Do your best to resist the temptation of trees heavy with pomegranates. Just a little further now.

And there – just around the corner and through the gates – Pueblito Los Dominicos Artisan Centre.

Continue on through the gates and you will find all manner of wonders in the setting of a traditional Chilean village.

Fountains of flowers, traditional crafts, exotic birds, vintage treasures and so much more.

And if you’re lucky, you’ll even catch the artists at work – painting, carving, weaving.

This is just one magical place in a world full of handmade. In your travels, near or far, have you come across any special places full of handmade magic?