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 into our Punta del Este road trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Beautiful place, worth knowing, the port boats make excursions, they give a turn by the area of the island, there you can see the sea lions. The excursions usually start early in the morning. There is a lighthouse on the island and that you can see at night the flashes of light from Punta del Este.
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  • Boat trip in rough sea, lasting from 2 to 3 hours, leaving the fishing port until near the island where one can observe one of the largest concentrations of sea lions in the world. There are so many a...  more »
  • Second largest natural habitat of seals in the world. Despite the characteristic odor, you can spot them from afar, for preservation.
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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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