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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  • Is gathered several factors: the weather was wonderful, the water fairly calm, had many wolves marine. The boat takes you up close to the island (cannot be lower because it is a reserve). Once there, we throw to swim, until you reach the place where they are groups of wolves, which are very curious and are approaching you, look at you and nothing else. They do not touch, but they enjoy much.
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  • For those who never saw a sea lion live, will be a great program because it has dozens of curious animals to be seen.
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  • 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 »