“ In Tenerife, at the foot of the majestic volcano Teide, Loro Parque is integrated into the beautiful valley of La Orotava. In Loro Parque, with over 13 hectares, you can get in touch with the most exotic representatives of nature. „
After visiting the park three times there is no denying that Loro Parque is a great family day out. The animals all appear to be happy in generous, fully equipped enclosures and I have to say the actual parks grounds are immaculate. Never once did I see any piece of rubbish on the floor, or a bush that wasn't clipped perfectly. This attention to detail in the presentation of the park gives an overwhelming impression of quality and I have never visited an attraction that's cleanliness remotely compares with this. The park houses a wide and varied range of animals and any child would be pushed not to enjoy trying to spot their favourite animal. The shows are incredible, especially the sealion show which can only be described as genius. The dolphin show is enjoyable although quite cheesy- but then again it's a dolphin show. The ocar show takes place in Ocar Ocean, which no one can deny is a spectacular piece of architecture on a monstrous stage. Seeing this magical animals in such close proximity cannot fail to leave an impression on anyone. Although there enclosure appears large (to the untrained eye), I personally felt very uncomfortable with the fact there were so many of the whales in this one enclosure- but then again this is a zoo, everyone knows the moral issues involved with zoos. The orca show itself was unspectacular and I couldn't help but feel the whole arrangement of the show was incredibly strange. I know this sounds very strange to anyone who hasn't witnessed the show, but the shows presentation and the lady doing the talking reminded me slightly of a very creepy cult-like church service. The park costs about £30 entry fee which I think is expensive, yet not outrageous. I would highly recommend taking a picnic as the food inside the park, although of very high quality, is quite pricey. I have always visited the park in June before the children have broken up and wow is the park rammed. At times the whole park is just a slowly moving crowds, and if you want any form of decent seats for the show please make sure your there at least 15 minutes before the start. This is before the hype of the children summer holidays! My other major criticism of the park is the relentless advertising. Within seconds of stepping on the island Loro Parque is rammed down your throat at every availably second, whether it's the adverts on the airport trolleys, giant billboards, posters outside every stop, bins made by the park.....everywhere. After a week it all gets abit much and even I as a lover of Loro parquet began to resent it! Despite this I would recommend anyone a day out to Loro Parque in the Tenerife sunshine!
I have just returned from a holiday in Tenerife and whilst there visited the Loro Park at Puerto De La Cruz. This is a wildlife park for endangered animals. It started by giving homes to endangered species' of parrots and has grown to include gorillas, jaguars, tigers, penguins, giant tortoises, marmosets, alligators, flamingos, chimps, sealions, dolphins and killer whales.
I was very impressed with this park which obviously has the welfare of animals as its main aim. The animal enclosures are some of the best I have seen either in the UK or abroad. They are spacious, clean and have been made to be as authentic for the animals as is possible, with waterfalls, pools, and plenty of natural vegetation plus ropes and swings and other playthings for the animals that require them such as the monkeys. The public walk ways and eating places were also very clean and there were people sweeping up all the time to keep the place tidy.
They have a neonatal unit for the baby parrots that may need help when they are born and a parrot hospital for any ill parrots, this was interesting to see and proof of the good work that goes on there.
There are 4 impressive shows at various times of the day and we managed to fit all 4 in. The Killer Whales are probably the most impressive with a large pool and lots of shaded seating. You can choose to sit where you will definitely get wet from the waves of water created by the whales or sit further up in the tiered seating to keep dry! Lots of people did sit in the "splash zone" and got drenched rather than splashed and seemed to love it! It was, after all 28c so drying off wasn't really a problem. The whales carried out a good performance with their trainers and looked healthy and happy. The 4 whales had been born at the park and so did not know anything other than the life they have there. This made me feel better about the whole thing than if they had been captured from the wild and then made to perform.
The dolphins also put on a good show and seemed to genuinely love their trainers and the performing. Whilst we were waiting for everyone to settle into their seats they performed their own show by just swimming around and leaping out of the water showing that it is obviously something they naturally enjoy doing .
The sealions were very amusing, catching and balancing balls and showing off their amazing swimming technique.
The Parrots performed their normal type of routine riding bikes and driving cars but also did some magnificent flying through the room, just skimming the heads of the spectators!
There is a fantastic penguin enclosure with real snow falling making this the best penguin enclosure I have seen for authenticity.
There is also an aquarium with a magnificent tunnel where you can see the sharks swimming overhead.
In September this year the park opened a new attraction - a walk through an Australian rain forest - a large netted area with parrots and exotic birds flying freely. Having visited the rain forest at Cains last year I can confirm that this is very authentic.
Opening hours and price
The downside of the park is undoubtedly the price
Euros 31.50 for adults
Euros 20.50 for children 6 - 11
However, although we considered this very expensive, I guess we should put this into the context that we were there for 7 hours and could probably have spent a little longer if we had been able to. The shows are all included.
The park does have a sister amusement at the Siam Park water park at Los Americas in the south of the island and if you wanted to go to both parks then a joint ticket can be bought for the following prices:
Euros 49 adults
Euros 33 children
The park is open every day 8.30am to 18.45, last entrance at 16.00.
There are cafes, snack bars and a restaurant but these are all very expensive so taking a picnic would be a cheaper option.
I would definitely recommend this park if you like animals. It is a lovely visit.
More details about the park can be found on their website at www.loroparque.com
I've heard it said that when people are lucky enought to reach a great age, any feelings of regret they experience about their lives predominantly concern the things they didn't - rather than the things that they did - do.
If I ever reach such a state, in my case some of my regrets about things I didn't do will probably concern a visit I made to Loro Park in 2003. The greatest of them being that I didn't put my foot down strongly enough and flat-out refuse to go - simply because our travel party included a brain-dead moron who wished to 'see the parrots' and wanted us to come with her, and upon whose good-will the continuing career of my other half at that time was very strongly dependent.
Loro Park is predominantly a collection of exotic parrots originating from countries other than Spain. There's no native animal life here, although some of the many fascinating indeginous plants of Tenerife are included in the landscaped grounds. If you want to see fascinating native plants however, it's better to hire a car and drive up into the hills in the interior of Tenerife, where there are still remnants of native evergreen moss-forest to be found.
Any sop to the idea of 'conservation' going on in the basically tourist theme-park attraction that is Loro Park is utter nonsense. It's a flamin' pay-as-you-go, commercial zoo run for profit and that's it.
Worse it has a dolphinarium. I see from other reviews it even now has some captive killer whales, which ups the reprehensibility ante for this awful place quite siginificantly. Since you can't keep marine cetaceans in captivity. They exhibit physiological / behavioural problems and then they die. End of. If you pay to go into this concrete concentration / killing camp for whales, you're contributing in a very real sense to the ongoing rape of the marine environment. This is because whales and dolphins don't breed in captivity which means that any cetacaens you see in dolphinaria have been taken from the wild. Spain currently has about a quarter of all Europe's (41) dolphinaria....see http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/captive-whales-dolphins/ for a more comprehensive list. It's only done for the benefit of stoopid tourists.
This is a horrible place. Don't go there.
Recently I went away to Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife for the third time for nearly two weeks which would explain my absence from reviewing. Now I am back and you are probably going to see a few Tenerife reviews!
I have been to the Loro Parque all three times I have been in Tenerife and think it is a brilliant tourist attraction and that if you are visiting you must go and visit it! Loro Parque is a cross between a massive fancy zoo, a conservation place and basically a brilliant tourist attraction (and it is advertised everywhere on the island!)
My favourite part of the park was the Orca show and this is the best animal show I have ever seen and something you must see if visiting Loro Parque. The Orca whales are from Seaworld in America and they do lots of clever tricks and are very interesting to watch and the show gave me lots of brilliant photos! However if you want to take pictures it may be better to sit further back as there are seats near the front labelled Splash Zone where you may get drenched by the whales! It claims to be the best Orca show in Europe and I would agree with that!
Another brilliant thing to see is Planet Penguin. Inside there are over 200 penguins in effectively a massive freezer and you watch them going along a travellator! (Not sure if this is how you spell it - correct me if I am wrong!) It really is an amazing sight to see the penguins in the biggest replica of the Antartic ever created!
The Aquarium is also amazing and one of the best aquariums I have ever been to and better than some specific aquarium attractions and includes a shark tunnel towards the end and many beautiful fish including rays, tetras and even piranhas, and a fantastic turtle.
The dolphin show is also well worth watching and the dolphins do some clever tricks, most of them involving jumping and them doing flips. The other shows available are the sealion show - which is similar to all other sealion shows and also a parrot show but this was only in Spanish which was a bit of a letdown! Loro Parque also has the largest collection of parrots in the world and these are dotted around the park in cages which are quite small to be honest. Most of the animals have nice environments to live in though and have space to move around e.t.c
For little children there is a small adventure playground with some slides and some climbing things for children 10 and younger. Nearby there is a rollercoaster which you have to pay 1 euro to use! There is also a cafe here and they sell all sorts of food and drinks but they are reasonably expensive e.g 2 and a bit Euros for a bit of French baguette with some cheese and salad.
There are also lots of plants around like catci and there are loads of big palm trees. There is also a section which just has orchids but it is quite small but the plants are pretty and this just proves how much there is to do here!
The main downside of Loro Parque however is the price and the fact that it costs over 100 Euros for a family of four to enter however if you are a Canarian resident (live in the Canary Islands) you can get in for just 19 Euros each per adult which is really cheap considering how brilliant the park is! As you can see it is expensive unless you are a resident and you also have to factor in the cost for a couple of snacks and cups of tea or coffee and the price for visiting is incredibly high! Also another thing that I thought was wrong is they classify an adult as someone over 11! I think that it should be at least 16 years and older for an adult! Other bad things are the fact the park is quite busy and because of the climate it can get very hot - well at least I thought so!
Overall though the park is great and well worth visiting if you happen to be in Tenerife. There is so much to do and see like the amazing shows, all the parrots, the aquarium, Planet Penguin and so much more that you really do have to visit!
Loro Parque was open from 8:30 - 6:45 when I went recently. You can get a free yellow bus from the middle of Puerto de la Cruz to Loro Parque but this bus has very long queues so I suggest either driving or getting a taxi there.
4/5 An amazing day out which comes with a hefty price tag!
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I am not really a Zoo person, but was pursuded by my family to visit Loro Parque in Porta de la cruz, which is on the north west coast of he island often reffered to as the "Green Coast" as this side of the island gets a great deal more rain. We drove ourselves to Loro Parque, although i understand there were many organised coach trips fro the south of the island. The car parking isn't as we would expect in the UK as it is quiet limited. We brought a twin site tick that enabled us to go to Siam Park in the south of the Island which cost Approx 175 Euros. The Animals on dispaly looked well looked after and content, my faviote is the Penguins they are in building which is made to look like the antartic complete with snow and ice. There are severl show to choose from ranging from Dolphine, whales, sea lions and seals and birds. The Loro Parque staff were all very friendly and the site was very clean and well look after. We had a great day out and would advise otheres to take a break from the breach to visit this site.
Well since I dissapeared from here recently for almost two weeks forgive me for giving you an explaination before I continue this review, my OH was home on leave for the two weeks so we headed out to my Mums apartment in Tenerife. After a week of eating, drinking and arguing we decided to sober up and hire a car. Our intention was to drive to the peak to Teide but with a 1.1 C2 we decided that the car may not have been up to the challenge of the mountain roads so instead headed up the TF1 and TF5 motorways to Puerto de la Cruz and Loro Parque.
The journey from the Village took just over and hour and a half, so from Las Americas or Los Christianos the drive would take around and hour. At the junction between TF1 and TF5 you will find all the road signs feature a small whale tail, parrot and dolphin symbol, this you simply follow to the park. Without it you would find it very hard to find the Park since it is in the middle of Puerto de la Cruz.
Ideally you need to arrive fairly early (ie before lunch time) since though there is a large carpark the popularity of the Park means it is often full before then, in fact when we arrived at 1pm the car park was full as were all the random nooks and crannys around the site for parking so we parked in a gated dusty area which appeared to be a building site and paid a random guy 10 euro for the priviledge.
Entry to the park will cost you 30 euro for each adult, since we had no children with us I'm not sure of the childs price but a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 4 kids would set you back 120 euro, but a residential membership which gives you 12 months free access only 50 euro per person (next time my Mums partner goes out there hes being sent to the park with his Residencia card to buy this!).
Once in the park in fact even on the approach to it you will find that the striking entry point and surrounding buildings have a distinctly Eastern feel, in fact based upon Thai architecture since the park was opened my a member of the Thai Royal family.
The first thing you will see in the large pond containing hundreds of big Koi Carp, to your left is the first set of toilets, these are kept very clean, and if you look out of the window at the end of the room you'll find they are actually built out over the water so you can look straight down and watch the fish swimming out of sight below you.
You then follow the path around in the direction of the arrows, you will then come across a small 'shelter' where the resident photographer sits and will photograph you with two of the parks parrots, this photo will be printed and mounted on a piece of coloured card and is avaliable to buy at the end of your trip for 6euro.
Here you can also get a free guide to the park which contains a list of show times.
Your first animal exhibit is the gorillas, their enclosure like those of every other animal you find is spacious with a mix of shaded and bright areas with plenty of fresh running water and looks very much like a natural habitat for them to live in. On your way passed one of the gorillas was waving him bum at the viewing glass at the large group of german tourists on a guided tour, needless to say we passed by pretty quickly.
Next up in Penguin Planet. This building is large and cool, the penguins are entirely enclosed but they are on a large iceberg which snows constantly, it is worth noting that they are kept on a 'normal' light cycle so in the summer the light is low to emulate the 6 month darkness of their home area. Interestingly the species all tend to be separated across the 'berg, but never in the same areas twice, you can also watch them swimming around since the water level is around 3ft up the glass viewing window, is great fun watching them zoom around underwater but the best one for me was the penguin who was simply hanging upside down in the water, the bubbles coming out of its feathers made it look like it was farting - alot.
Once you drag yourself out of the penguin exhibit you come to the entry for the Sealion show, unfortunately when me and the male got there one show had just ended and another wasnt due to start for about an hour so we moved on to the buffet restaurant.
The food cost 15.80 euro, for this we got a plate of salad which you could put as much salad as you could stack on to, a pasta dish and a big plate of chips plus a bread roll and two cans of coke. So not the cheapest meal nor the best but the price was pretty reasonable.
Next up was chimpland. Another area we had little interest in but on a superficial look seemed to be large enough and natural enough for the chimps.
At this point the paths start to spilt meaning you have a few options about your route. So Ill resort to simply describing the attractions rather than any particular route.
Passing through the Gambian Market there are four or five small stall type shops, we didnt stop to browse but the items on offer were generally the same type of stuff you will find anywhere featureing the animals in the park.
Next up the Loro Show (Parrot show) having seen this once it is fascinating but Im not a fan of birds flying around me so we gave it a miss, if its your first visit give it a go if nothing else it gets you out of the sun for a while, we moved on to the Dolphinarium since a show was due to begin.
On the way to the dolphin show you pass the giant tortoises, there are two or three in here plus several smaller ones, as well as a sealion enclosure which looked small to me but they were happily playing so cant have been that bad.
At the entry to the dolphin stadium is the white tiger enclosure, in here the tiger roams or most often sleeps ignoring the hoards of people walking passed.
The dolphin stadium is large with simple seating which is covered. The show is pretty impressive but not as good as some I've seen but in the last 12 months they have added two dolphins to the show, possibly young ones which are in training since they were both quite a bit smaller then the other eight. The shows are roughly every couple of hours and last 30 minutes.
Behind here and best visited straight after the dolphins is the new Orca Show, this only opened in the last year also. There are two tiers of seating the lower section is clearly marked as Splash Zone so no prizes for guessing what happens here! The upper tier is much larger and distinctly drier. At the start of the show is a warning about live film feeds from being broadcast on the big screen behind the trainers, the cameras are sited around the stadium and will focus on members of the audience during the build up to the show and during it. Again the show is ok but not fantastic, but there is still time for them to improve. You are also shown the Orcas arriving at the park, they were brought in from Florida and the main one they use in the show you get to watch a video clip of her birth over in the States!
If you have children there is a big play area, the signs at the entry show that anyone over 10 shouldnt play there but there is noone enforcing this rule.
Next up is the Jaguar enclosure, on our visit we couldnt find them since they were well hidden.
There is an Orchid area, oddly it is the only area where you see several staff, but some of the orchids growing here are rare so therefore are needing protection.
Other attractions around here are the Alligators, my dear other half thought they were fake and it was just a fish tank!!!! Until one yawned at him, my big tough soldier jumped out of his skin. Also there are Flamingos nearby, but big pink birds arent overly interesting to me.
Wandering around aimlessly you could end up lost, there is a Naturavision video show, not something we wanted to see but is supposed to be quite fascinating. Also Iguanas, the reptiles are happily living in a natrual looking habitat.
Following one of the longer paths you'll find a large group of Averies, containing the Parrots the park was originally set up to protect, so we avoided this and also missed out the Pelican enclosure.
From here the last thing to see is the aquarium. Oddly enough other than the Penguins and sitting down for the two shows here is where we spent the longest, but is nothing special, there are sharks in a short walk under tunnel plus displays of species and biotope tanks. One of my favourites (aside from the Seahorses) was the tall tube one which contains nothing but Neon Tetras, this you will see as you enter and is very striking since the building is dark and the tanks lit the flashing blues, greens and reds of the tiny fish is amazing (three guesses about what I want for my next tank).
Now all that remains is to head to the exit or go back and look at things all over again. Back at the Thaivillage you will pass a Porcelain Museum, and then the 'tunnel' which is decorated with pictures of the people arriving at the park, they are set out in time blocks and each block is a different colour of card mount making it easier to find but the sheer number of people make it difficult to see where your picture is but there are staff around who will help (though they are also looking out for people trying to steal the photos), and finally another souvenir shop.
They offer something called the Discovery Tour which allows you backstage access along with a guide to some of the attractions.
For eating there are many snack bars as well as the buffet we ate in and an italian restaurant, prices are higher than outside the park but not hugely expensive.
Things to note as with all outdoor attractions you will need suitable footwear, a hat or long sleeves as it does get very hot plus sun cream, and bottles of water. You can buy water but it is more expensive than outside the park and they arent miltant about stopping you bringing things in.
Overall this isnt the cheapest day out but you can buy advance tickets all over the island which often include free coach travel thus saving the money you would otherwise spend on travel, however if you have a hire car the parking is free in the main carpark and most places around it, if you dont already have a car we hired one for 30 euro for the day and when we returned it put 15 euro of fuel in to top it back up as requested. So overall our day out cost us 126 euro including entry, food, car and fuel and the photo at the end, so about £70, not bad considering you can pay more for a less interesting attraction in the UK.
My only real quibble is the lack of labelling at certain exhibits, the sharks for example have no species labels so you dont know what they are, nor do the Penguins and many of the aquarium tanks are simply labelled with the region depicted but not the types of fish you can see, but this may be included in the Guide Book you can buy (although we didnt so I'm not sure).
In Tenerife, at the foot of the majestic volcano Teide, Loro Parque is integrated into the beautiful valley of La Orotava. In Loro Parque, with over 13 hectares, you can get in touch with the most exotic representatives of nature.