Top 7 Things to do in Tongoy, Chile

March 18, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Discover the best top things to do in Tongoy, Chile including Playas Socos, Cielo Sur Observatory, Playa Grande, Pichasca Monumento National Ovalle IV Reg. Chile, Humedal de Pachingo, Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral, Playa Guanaqueros.
Restaurants in Tongoy

1. Playas Socos

Tongoy, Chile
Excellent
41%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Playas Socos

Reviewed By paihuano - La Herradura, Chile

This is not a review about Playa Socos. I just could not find where to put the best in Tongoy, it falls under restaurant. At the Caleta de Pescadores, entrance on the right, the "raw bar"(oysters and scallops) taken out of the fish tanks, alive and cut open in front of you (7 scallops for 1000 pesos and 4 Oysters for 1000!!!!) the best MEAL YOU CAN HAVE IN TONGOY, RIVALLING ANY RAW BAR IN THE WORLD. TRY IT!!

2. Cielo Sur Observatory

Alcohuaz Valle de Elqui, Paihuano, Chile +(56)92545554
Excellent
54%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Cielo Sur Observatory

Reviewed By Yves_geneve

Petit observatoire qui reçoit en soirée des groupes de 10 personnes. Des explications de base sur le mouvement des étoiles sont données (espagnol, anglais sur demande) et quelques exemples d'observation grâce au télescope. Si vous avez déjà de bonnes connaissances vous serez un peu frustré.

3. Playa Grande

Tongoy, Chile +56 9 7159 8395
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Playa Grande

Reviewed By HotelierJohn - Ontario, Canada

Chile's beautiful long coastline is burdened by extremely-cold ocean currents (which extend all the way to the equator, and can be felt in some locations around the Galapagos islands). Tongoy is one of the few places where a sheltered bay allows the cold sea water to warm a bit (but not much). On a hot weekend in the Chilean summer, Tongoy is packed beyond comfort. We knew that when we planned our tour, and did not intend to spend any time at the Beaches. However, we were given bad information about finding a good restaurant for lunch at Tongoy. It was horribly crowded, and by the time we found a parking place, we ate a mediocre lunch (with slow service) at the place where were able to put our car. The only positive thing I can say about Tongoy is that it has a reasonably-good petrol station.

4. Pichasca Monumento National Ovalle IV Reg. Chile

Ca 48 Km Nordwestlich, Ovalle, Chile +56 9 8923 0010
Excellent
34%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Pichasca Monumento National Ovalle IV Reg. Chile

Reviewed By colincclark - London, United Kingdom

The San Pedro valley where the Pichasca National Monument is, is where they found trees of 70 million years old, dinosaur and megafauna fossils, and an ancient cave where people lived up to 10000 years ago. Unfortunately, all the good bits are gone - you can find a lot of the items they found here in La Serena's excellent but small Archaeology Museum. There are a few chunks of petrified trees left, including a broken trunk about 2 or 3 meters long of a very old Monkey Puzzle tree, but not much else to fire the imagination. Information boards are all in Spanish, and there are no guides here to help tell the story. In fact, we arrived at 8.30 am when the attraction was supposed to open, and the guard did not bother to turn up until we called him on the cell number he had left on the door - we had to wait an hour! Although this is typical behavior in South America, and particularly in Chile, it detracted from our visit somewhat. However, seeing the cave was interesting, but it is now roped off due to rockfalls. Do not expect to get much out of this visit - unless you are a geologist or a Spanish speaker. It is far to drive, and public buses are irregular with a 5 km walk from the bus stop. Walking around the whole thing should take the able-bodied between 1 and 2 hours. Maybe the new visitor center they seem to be building will make this a better attraction, but with all that money they are spending on it, maybe they should hire a guard who is more reliable, and provide some better information...a missed opportunity.

5. Humedal de Pachingo

Tongoy, Chile
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Humedal de Pachingo

Reviewed By CHASKICHASQUI294305 - Santiago, Chile

Es una verguenza que este maravilloso lugar, uno de los pocos humedales de la zona norte, de fácil acceso, y gratis de visitar, sea un verdadero basural ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Las aves deben luchar y hacerse un lugar contar las toneladas de desperdicios que dejan los visitantes y turistas.
Si no lo cierran a las visitas, simplemente pronto desaparecerá.
Vale la pena visitarlo para ver con "sus propios ojos", lo que estamos haciendo con este patrimonio de la naturaleza.
........., ahhhhhh, y el camino desde Tongoy al humedal no lo hace nada de mal.
Aunque no creo que sea lo mejor para el bolsillo de la gente, no creo exista otra alternativa mejor que privatizarlo y cobrar entrada.
La falta de educación de los visitantes lo demuestra.

6. Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral

Calle Principal S/N, Monte Grande, Chile
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral

Reviewed By Alvaroiturrietav - Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Montegrande amerita una detención por varias razones, y el poder disfrutar un descanso en esta plaza, sirve para poder cargarse de energias y proseguir la ruta hacia el Valle del Elqui.
La vista de los enormes cerros encajonando la ruta, así como la bella iglesia, cierran la postal de este lugar.

7. Playa Guanaqueros

Guanaqueros s/n, Coquimbo, Chile
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Playa Guanaqueros

Reviewed By Diego I - Santiago, Chile

As the title says, if you are in Coquimbo or Tongoy, is a must to go to Guanaqueros, is such an enjoyable place, specially to go with some friends or family, the zone is pretty quiet and you will find only kind people willing to help you. There are a lot of campings, restaurants, liquor stores, etc... Seafood there is delicious.
Something important, the water of the beach is so warm and quiet.
PLEASE GO!

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