Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

4.3
#2 of 7 in Nature in Maldonado Department
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 into our Punta del Este road trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Easily accessible by boat from the port of Punta del Este. Duration of the tour about three hours with almost two hours round trip and a hour layover and small shifts in the Lee of the island. On the island completely uninhabited by man lives a large sea lion Colony who find the natural habitat. Nice experience to be possibly with sunny and calm sea.
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  • We went to the isla de lobos on the same day as pablo k (13.3., see review below). Plan: The guides assured us that it is recommendable and save to travel with our one year old baby so we were hyped o...  more »
  • The wolves reserve is interesting. But the journey of return is fairly long and at times not very nice, I do not recommend going with guys.
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  • Take a boat from the port to the island, you will not be allowed to go on the island but you can see the seals and sea lions from the boat, there are more than 200 thousand of them on and around the island. Bring your camera with a long zoom lens to get some amazing pictures. When you are back in port look around the fishing stands, you might see a seal or sea lions close up.
  • If you want to go to Isla de Lobos, there are some tours from Punta del Este. One tour leaves around 11.30 and come back at 14.00. Other tour leaves at 12.00 and come back around 14.00. If the weather is nice, you can swim with sealions around the island. Dont worry, the ones who lies on the island is territorial and if you get so close they bite. However, the ones whom swims are not dangerous. You can see these amazing creatures in the middle of sea. Highly recommended and tour prices are little bit expensive about 50usd.
  • This is the island of wolves. You have access with boat trips. The option is to choose companies with large boats because the sea is stirred enough balance and he are more responsible to know if there are conditions to accomplish the ride according to the wind, sea ... The ride is nice, but we're not that close and nobody dived with the pets. The island is teeming with sea lions, of all sizes. Already approaching the island you can see many swimming around the boat.
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  • seen from the coast well chiquita brava Beach, this well expensive ride and is paid in USD. I encourage not go, because swimming is not and that is the main attraction of the ride, but take these wonderful pictures with zoom increased from my camera... look at that beautiful looks!
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  • Excellent place. Thousands of sea lions and seals to follow so the reservation. Of the island
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