After this exhausting trip I decided to take some rest in San Pedro de Atacama. This town is a very touristic place in the middle of the most arid desert of the world, the Atacama desert. To give you an idea of what this means, there are a minimum of 330 days per year without any cloud in the sky... and on my side I did not see any.
As I wanted to catch the last bus going from El Calafate to Bariloche via the famous Ruta 40 before they close it for winter, I had to hurry to leave Ushuaia... I joined a couple from New Zealand and we took the bus to Puerto Natales. And after a long bus trip on the Tierra del Fuego bumpy roads we arrived in the evening in Puerto Natales and stayed in a nice hostal.
Before leaving Valparaiso, I spent a few hours in the nearby city of Vina del Mar... Not so much to say about the most famous beach resort of Argentina as I did not spend a lot of time there. Then I took the bus back to Santiago and spent the night in the airport before heading to Punta Arenas. Then in the morning I took the plane to Punta Arenas.
After Santiago, I took the bus direction the famous city of Valparaiso. This town is just a few hours drive from Santiago but has almost nothing to do with it.
Here it is, I have finally arrived in South America. And my trip has started by the capital of Chile: Santiago.