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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  • Buy a ride in the port of Punta del Este in a box next to the sale of fish. $50/person. The ride lasts for about 2 and a half hours with wifi on the boat/water. No access is permitted on the island (or you stay in the boat or jumps in the sea) but the boat got close to where thousands of sea lions live. You can jump in the water and swim alongside them!!!! Experience only!! My son and I love!!!!
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  • The tour begins in the port of Punta. There are several services on the pier, but we suggest the calipso or the Oceania which is made in larger boats. The tour takes 2:00 and covers only the departure and return gives ilha dos lobos. The sea, depending on the day, is very disturbed and may want to prepare for morning sickness, if you're susceptible to it. Do not offer anything extra on the sidewalks, but boats as the Oceania has toilets and enclosed area, so they're more secure and comfortable. The sea lions as all animals are unpredictable, but many summer. You can swim near them. The characteristic smell gives animal presence is strong, and if u are sick isn't going to help much. Oceania leaves give tip 42. Accepted card. Is the day was 2 for $60. Good price. Children under 5 do not pay, and they like to see the sea lions.
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  • One of the hottest rides in Punta del Este. The place has one of the oldest lighthouses in Latin America, and a lot of seals and sea lions-
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