Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

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#2 of 16 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 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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  • It is a place that worth a visit, the sea lions are very cute, and there are thousands. Some of them it seems that they are pets and are made beside the boat
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  • Worth, taking 3 hours boat trip, to visit this island, last reserve of lions and sea lions in the world.
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  • Lovely walk, the tours depart from the port, the price x $45 in cash and $50 card, lasts approximately 2 hours the entire circuit, when you arrive, you can appreciate the wolves in their Habitat, this time we could not swim with the wolves for being the sea something pic ado, but it is a trip very relaxing you allows you to appreciate the fauna marina, cost benefit well.
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  • Take a boat from the port to the island, you will not be allowed to go on the island but you can see the seals and sea lions from the boat, there are more than 200 thousand of them on and around the island. Bring your camera with a long zoom lens to get some amazing pictures. When you are back in port look around the fishing stands, you might see a seal or sea lions close up.
  • The ride is very good, especially for the children, but the value is too high.
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  • Ride for anyone who loves the sea and the animals! Unique feeling of seeing the animals in your habitat.
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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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