From Arica we took the plane to Santiago – doing this distance by bus wouldn´t have been very funny. We would have taken the bus if we would have done a stop in St. Pedro de Atacama, but since the european observatories of the southern hemisphere aren´t ready yet we decided to skip it and keep it as a travel destination for later on.
Santiago is one of the most modern towns we visited so far in South America. On the other hand there aren’t any really impressive old buildings. After a rainy day, when the clouds are gone it is possible to have a clear view of the Andes behind the city skyline.