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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A major vacation destination, Punta del Este boasts a wide range of accommodation options, though most establishments remain relatively expensive even during the off-season. Summer marks the peak of tourism (December to March), and during that time even mid-range hotels charge top rates. Visitors with deeper pockets can choose from a number of three- and four-star hotels within walking distance of good beaches. If you're traveling on a tight budget, consider one of the hostels scattered throughout Punta del Este's residential neighborhoods.
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  • after seeing some of the sea lions in the water near the fish market, we had no choice but to pay the 50$ pp for a trip to the island. we were lucky and got a boat right after and departed at 2:30 pm ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • We were told it's the second largest group of sea lions. Fairly long boat ride, lots of tourist on boat seasick, we took a Calypso excursion, nice boat, good platform for trip, ticket had English and ...  more »