Food on the Road
Cheese empanadas and sopaipillas
Here are tips and information regarding food while traveling in Chile:
- Your food options vary depending on where you are. There are some big supermarkets in the larger towns/cities like Puerto Varas, Coyhaique and Punta Arenas. The further south you travel the more infrequent the large supermarkets are. All of the small towns will have a mom-and-pop run market.
- Ground or whole bean coffee is a rare commodity outside of the big towns. Be sure to stock up if you happen to come across it or instead bring it from home. Outside of Santiago, if you go into a restaurant and order a coffee, you will be brought a cup of hot water with a jar of instant coffee and a spoon. It is easier to obtain ground coffee in Argentina.
- Peanut butter and cous cous can only be purchased at the big supermarkets. The further south you travel, it becomes rarer and more expensive.
- The supermarkets in Chile have a wider selection of spices and flavorings compared to markets found in Argentina. If you are in Chile and heading to Argentina, be sure to stock up.
- Try the queso de campo sold at the counter of a small market in Puerto Guadal. You will not regret the decision.
- All of the small towns and villages will have a bakery where you will have no problem buying fresh bread.
- Disposable propane/butane camping gas canisters are widely available, you can find them in markets or hardware stores.
- Eating out in Chile is not a bargain. Service in restaurants is usually poor.