In November/December I'm going for a 9D/8N trip to Chile. First of all, i know it's way too short to see the country, but i got an hold on such a cheap flight and didn't have that much days off at work anymore, so only 9D/8N and back to Europe again. Flying in and out of Santiago and relying on public transport in Chile.
I like being in cities for the most times, stroll around, visit bars/restaurants/markets, sample local food, so I'm not keen on going into Chile's nature for the big part of the trip. I've made a sample itinerary, can you give me some advice about this?
Day 1 +2: Arriving Santiago early morning, Santiago + nightbus to Elqui Valley/La Serena on day 2
Day 3: Elqui Valley + stargazing at night
Day 4 + 5: La Serena / Coquimbo / Isla Damas, nightbus to Valparaiso/Viña del Mar on day 5
Day 6 + 7: Valparaiso / Viña Del Mar
Day 8 + 9: Santiago + flying back home on day 9.
Would this itinerary give me a small insight of Chile, without trying to do too much in a small period (I usually travel quite 'fast')?
And one more question: I read about safety issues in Valparaiso, is it really that bad, or just a case of holding up your guard, not going to the hills and don't flash expensive stuff? Or is Viña Del Mar a better place to stay and just do Valpo as a day trip
Hope you can help me a bit on this one :)