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The Sea Lions of Cabo Polonio, Rocha, Uruguay

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Cabo Polonio in Uruguay’s Rocha region is one of the country’s coastal villages that has kept its rustic charm. Horse or 4x4 through sand dunes are the two ways to reach the tip of the peninsula. The town’s lighthouse is the only place in town connected to the power grid. Nearby is one of South America’s largest colony of sea lions.

We stop at this charming enclave, for both its human and marine residents, on our tours for lunch, and a swim off the shores of one of two idyllic beaches.

The colony of its marine residents is divided into two species: sea lions and fur seals. While they coexist peacefully here and are similar in appearance, fur seals are smaller than sea lions. Fur seals have an outer stiff layer of bristle, and a softer base coat and males of both species have a mane.

For more information about the places we ride in Uruguay and the fascinating creatures that we see, kindly find in-depth descriptions under the ‘Or Journeys,’ section of this site and feel free to get in touch with questions.

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