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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  • An unforgettable experience...! Is boat trip from the port of Punta del Este, the in-flight service is very good and when you reach the island... guauuu, though can not be downloaded, it is beautiful to see these beautiful animals...!
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  • Expensive, long and uncomfortable trip for only 10 minutes watching from long distance. No introduction, no comment 
  • Only the crossing you reach nearby as it is a challenge in itself same as cross the waters of the brava beach is rarely placid, to come to the island you'll see a nearly unique spectacle, hundreds not thousands of sealions on their habitat eating fighting and playing. An experience that will not in any other place in the world
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