It`s been a while since I`ve posted again, but mainly because I haven`t done too much. I got to Santiago from Mendoza and didn`t feel the best. The day I arrived, I did a free walking city tour of Santiago, but I was feeling pretty bad afterwards so I ended up just hanging out at the hostel the next day. I had a bus ticket booked to go to Viña del Mar the following day, but I decided it was best just to take a few days to relax in Santiago. My 3rd day in Santiago, I went to a doctor and found out that I have strep throat. So after getting some antibiotics, I took it easy for another day. Afterwards, I took a 24 hour bus ride from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama. I got plenty of sleep on the bus, so it was actually helpful for resting.
Santiago was a nice city, but not much for tourists to do. Nothing is too too interesting and unique in the city, as it is very developed and feels like a city in Europe. In general, not much for tourists but seems like a good city to live in. Unfortunately I didn`t get to see the main places around Santiago which are Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, but I am not too upset about it.
I`m not in San Pedro de Atacama, which is a small oasis in the middle of the desert. The town itself gets some water, so you have some trees and greenery, but in general it is a very dusty small town you would expect in the desert. Yesterday in the afternoon, I rented a bike to do some sightseeing. I rode it up to a lookout, but it was cloudy and about to rain. I was going to do a small circuit they call the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), but the weather wasn´t the best and I was a bit tired, so I decided to save it for today. So this afternoon, hopefully the clear weather holds out for some good sightseeing.
That`s about it. Not too much new. Tonight I will take a 10 hour bus ride up to Arica, Chile, and then cross over the border and finally get back to Peru in the town of Tacna.