Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

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#3 of 17 in Nature in Uruguay
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Excellent for who enjoy nature! Beautiful experience! In summer is even better because you can put down to swim and be in close contact with the wolves!. Highly recommended!
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  • July 14, 2017
    Captive nature reserve that should not be let do, only winter stroll around the island but in summer allow you to bathe and be closer to the wolves
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  • July 11, 2017
    Ride of a lifetime in the summer. In winter a lot of wind. I was in two seasons. The noise they make is charming and deafening.
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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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