We arrived at La Serena after a 17 hour bus ride from San Pedro de Atacama. I had food poisoning on the bus and was sick into a variety of containers during the night. The other passengers were glad to see me get off.
After a day of rest we did a tour of the nearby Elqui Valley and saw the vineyards, orchards and took in the beautiful scenery. We stopped at three Pisco distilleries and tried various spirits and wines. The highlight of the tour was our amusingly disorganised but optimistic guide Claudio who took us to various closed attractions and then just proceeded to give us the 'tour' anyway.
In the evening we did an excellent stargazing tour at an observatory and got great views of nebulae, Saturn, Mars and the Moon.
Our next stop is Valparaiso.