Isla de Lobos, Punta del Este

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#2 of 7 in Nature in Maldonado Department
Island · Nature / Park
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. PutIsla 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's the 3rd tallest in the world. Built in 1858, it is 194-feet high, and home to over 200,000 sea lions. It is the second largest colony of sea lions in the world. We could barely make out the sea.....  more »
  • When we arrived at the dock, we were afraid the boat we were boarding was not seaworthy. However, all was well and our pilot and assistant were super nice (even tho they did not speak English). The....  more »

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