IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON TRAVELING TO THE NORTH OF CHILE THERE IS ONE PLACE WHERE YOU HAVE TO STOP AT TO ENJOY ITS LANDMARKS, FOOD AND PEOPLE. I’M TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE TOWN ON THE COAST CALLED TONGOY.
Tongoy — There is a coastal town in the Coquimbo Region called Tongoy. It is located approximately four hours away from Santiago. I don’t recommend staying too long but if you want to go to a really quiet place, this is it. As it is a small town there is not too much noise and the beaches are calm and shallow.
Tongoy has a little fishing bay where you can find the freshest seafood. There are several places where you can have dishes like Ceviche, Paila Marina, fried fish with french fries, and fresh seafood empanadas. It is cool to see the locals selling their seafood at the market.
Tongoy has beautiful landmarks and from the shore you can see all the fishing boats in the bay. It is very beautiful. Sometimes you can also see the fishermen bringing the fish to the coast. When you enter into market you can see a various families selling fresh oysters with lemon, as you can see in the following video:
Tongoy’s economy relies on the tourists that visit the area as well as its delicious seafood. Another large source of local employment is in the seafood factories which package and export a variety of fish and shellfish products, mainly using sole, turbot, Eastern Oyster and machas (surf clam peculiar to Chile). There are also several motels, hotels, and some people even rent out their houses in the summer for some extra cash. Tongoy has many things to offer, there are a variety of restaurants and Picas (popular places often cheap and good).
It is so beautiful to see the seagulls and pelicans perch on the the rocky shores of Tongoy’s white sand beaches and with clear and calm waters.
If you have the opportunity to travel to the north of the country, don’t forget to stop by and get lunch in Tongoy. It is about 10 km from Panamerica Norte. You won’t regret it!