Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

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An outcropping of rocks and red granite surrounded by boulders and dangerous currents, Isla de Lobos boasts the largest colony of sea lions in the Western Hemisphere. After Spanish navigator Juan Diaz de Solis discovered the island in 1516, the creatures were hunted for their meat and oil, until the practice was banned in 1991. Today, hundreds of thousands of South American sea lions live here. See the sea lions up close, and observe the two tide pools where the young pups learn to swim. When on the island, don't miss another point of interest: South America's tallest lighthouse, standing 59 m (194 ft) above sea level. Climb 240 steps to reach its balcony, which offers a panoramic view of the island and the coast. Small boat tours operate out to the island; be aware that the waters can be quite choppy. Put Isla de Lobos on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Punta del Este trip itinerary maker.
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  • It requires a calm sea to enjoy the natural most striking images, one of the most important South American sea lions reserves. There are several companies that made the trip regularly depending on the season of the year in the port of Punta del Este,
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  • It's a nice boat ride from Punta del Este, took about an hour, but well worth it. There are hundreds of seals here. The boats can get quite close to them...too close if you have a sensitive nose. Fabu...  more »
  • I went to meet a lobería and came across a village neo-hippie!!!! On arrival at National Park we were informed that besides the lobería is there a village hippie!! In lobería didn't see guards guiding tourists, we could get closer to the animals. I was a little distressed by the wolves because many people don't have much sense!! Anyway it's a wonderful place! I loved the contact with the wolves, they are amazing!!!!!
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