Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

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#2 of 8 in Nature in Maldonado Department
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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  • I went several times, many years ago, it was possible to tour the island, as well as bathe with the wolves. He missed that magic, but he's still very nice to go, but I make it clear that the ship moves quite a bit.
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  • A short boat ride, maybe 40 minutes, and you are in a truly wonderful natural habitat of these sea lions. All of us on the boat, there were maybe 15 people in all, went into the sea and enjoyed frolic...  more »
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