Tomé Things to Do
Good place to buy fish, mussels (the local ones are smaller and brown colour - larger black ones are from Puerto Montt), crabs, etc at very reasonable prices. Also some small restaurants, some open all year and the rest only for the summer.
Tomé Off The Beaten Path
Punta de Parra beach is a lovely 550-metre long beach situated 4 kilometres south of Tome, this is, halfway between the port of Lirquen and Tome itself.
Reaching to it is best done on foot, as the only road is a dirt one which requires to enter the Balneario Punta de Parra -and pay US$ 4- and then taking your car along this dirt road traced over the remainders of the tracks of an abandoned railway. Although going by car is good if you want to take diving equipment to plunge into its crystal-clear turquoise waters, walking is much better.
Also, if you want to go from Tome, the only way to go is walking, as there's no dirt road suitable for cars in the stretch between it and Balneario Punta de Parra; walking has the advantage of that if you want to remain in the beautiful, white sand beach of Tres Pinos, you can do it at will. There is a 10-meter waterfall with excellent fresh water suitable for drinking. Many people go there to camp in summer, although out of season, both beaches are deserted.
A few campers stay in Punta de Parra sometimes in summer, but they sure for sure much less than those in Tres Pinos (nevertheless, none of the beaches is ever crowded); Punta de Parra lacks fresh water, although a small creek sometimes brings water from forest streams (not this year, though).
Coming from Lirquen is also possible, by walking 5 kilometres along the abandoned railway next to the beach (there's good fresh water from several streams along the way).
A cliff must be negotiated, either by following the path that climbs over it (and that lets visitors to see 3 small and lovely very secluded white sand beaches at the foot of it), or by crossing the abandoned, 200-meter long curved railway tunnel.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling