Trip to Loro Parque in Tenerife
I tell you how we went to Loro Park in Tenerife, watched the orcas, sea lions and parrots show, walked on the bottom of the “ocean” next to the sharks and went to the “South Pole” to see the king penguins. And also tell you about the best black sand beach in Tenerife.
The most visited attraction in Tenerife is Loro Parque Tenerife. It is impossible to come to the island and not hear about it, because the bright logos of Loro Parque with the image of a parrot and a dolphin are found here, starting from the airport.
Built at the expense of local resident Wolfgang Kiessling in 1972, it became a zoo, a circus and a botanical garden in one. Gradually its popularity among tourists grew, and now every year it is visited by a million and a half tourists. Almost everyone who arrives in Tenerife comes here, and some return here again and again.
What is Loro Parque?
Thai Village in Loro Parque
This is something between a zoo and a dolphinarium. Loro Park was originally conceived as an exotic place, so at the entrance Kissling conceived the “Thai Village” – a very colorful complex, which includes six wooden buildings in Thai style. Their roofs are decorated with real gold. By the way, some time ago the queen of Thailand visited here, and she was very pleased with the buildings she saw.
Let’s go to the show of orcas!
There is a killer whale show 3 times a day. We just wanted to see this show the most. We ran headlong to the other end of the park not to be late. The show takes place in an indoor pool. The audience sits on the perimeter, and it is advisable to have raincoats on the front rows. The killer whales really like to splash around!
I really enjoyed the show. I got some positive energy.
Orcas are very cute and kind on the outside, but don’t forget that they are the most dangerous predators! I remember once watching a French movie, where a killer whale trainer was a bit distracted and her legs were bitten off. The lead role was played by the charming Marion Cotillard, and the movie is called Rust and Bone. Check it out. There was a similar story at Loro Park about 10 years ago, but the trainer didn’t survive.
The next show on the schedule is…
A sea lion show.
The 1200-cubic-foot pool hosts sea lion shows and dolphin shows that are a perennial success with the audience. By the way, the dolphinarium here is the biggest in Europe.
Dolphin show in Loro Parque
Dolphin show in Loro Parque
Walking in Loro Parque
After two shows we decided to walk around the park. I wanted to see the parrots. There are all kinds of parrots to choose from. There is a particularly open aviary with a netting stretched overhead. You can walk through it, climb trees on ladders, and watch birds on different levels.
In the name of the park, the word “loro” means “parrot”. And this is not without reason, because the collection of these amazing birds, few parks can compare with Loro Park. There are 3.5 thousand of them, belonging to more than 340 species and subspecies. They not only sit in cages, but are also participants in circus performances, in which parrots fly over the heads of spectators, add numbers, read and ride a scooter. In a special pavilion you can see how small parrots are spoon-fed nectar. That is where we went:
The Loro Show
There was a great demand for the show. Even 15 minutes before the show started, there were no seats left in the hall. The main characters were parrots, performing various tasks from the host. In short, fun.
Some time ago in Loro Park decided to do an interesting experiment. They brought there six male gorillas of different ages from different countries. They had one thing in common: at home they fought too hard for the leadership in their packs, so they were sent to Loro Parque for a kind of re-education. Now they live quite peacefully in one enclosure behind armored glasses, willingly posing from there for tourists, and the park’s workers cannot decide which of them is the leader.
Along with man-like monkeys (and in the park in addition to gorillas, there are also chimpanzees) in Loro Park tourists are waiting to meet tigers, jaguars and crocodiles. Of large birds, there are pelicans, cranes and flamingos.
All shows are organized so that once bought a ticket, the visitor can see a large number of show programs and visit all the pavilions. The world of plants is represented in this wonderful place by a large botanical garden spread over 13.5 hectares of land and a greenhouse of orchids. The botanical garden grows cacti, more than 7 thousand palms, and many exotic plants. Of the additional attractions in Loro Park organized African market and gift store, playground, photography with parrots. You can have lunch without leaving the park, in one of the local restaurants or cafes.
Planet of the Penguins in Loro Park
But it’s not just parrots and orcas that Loro Park is famous for. Here is the largest penguinarium in the world called “Planet of the Penguins”, which gathered 180 individuals of these flightless birds.We stopped by and the penguins!
This place was equipped as a piece of Antarctica. Conditions here are as close to the real Antarctic. To ensure that the penguins feel at home, a special snow cannon produces 12 tons of snow daily. A leisurely moving walkway leads visitors around this amazing world of snow.
The Aquarium in Loro Parque
We end our walk today with the mini-oceanarium. There is also an enormous aquarium in Loro Parque with 15,000 sea and river creatures from all over the world, including tropical fish, native water creatures and 40 species of live coral.
Tunnel Through the Aquarium
An 18 m long glass tunnel through the water column deserves special attention. Once inside the tunnel, visitors can examine the smallest details of the aquatic life, right down to the microscopic teeth on the skin swimming right above the heads of the impressive-sized sharks.
Sharks! Swimming right over our heads. The last time we were at the oceanarium was in Bangkok. It was also interesting. In addition to the various fish there were scuba divers swimming :-). They were cleaning the aquarium.
Map of the park
Map of the park
How to get to Loro Parque?
The free train from Reyes Católicos in Puerto de la Cruz to Loro Parque runs every 20 minutes from 9:00. The last train back leaves at 18:45.
Ticket prices for Loro Parque
- Adult €38
- Kids €26
To avoid standing in long lines, buy tickets online here. It is not necessary to print them out, you can just show them on your mobile screen.
Loro Parque in Tenerife
Loro Parque is an amazing zoo located on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Loro Parque on Tenerife was opened by businessman Wolfgang Kissling on December 17, 1972, 3 kilometers from the town of Puerto de la Cruz and 150 meters from the Atlantic coast. The park’s name in Spanish means Parrot Park and it was parrots that were its first inhabitants. Over the years, the number of parrots has grown to the largest collection in the world numbering 4000 birds, and in addition to them have settled in the park and many other animals.
In the 13.5 hectares of Loro Parque Tenerife, you can visit the penguinarium, the dolphinarium, the aquarium, the 3D cinema and many other activities included in the admission ticket. Unique in its kind is the orca show, which began to be presented to the general public in 2006. This kind of show is quite rare in the world, and it is undoubtedly a great pleasure to watch the clever big orcas.
The park logo is a red parrot, a blue dolphin and a black orca tail. The logo was changed after orcas were introduced to the zoo, and previously it only had a parrotfish on it.
Loro Parque ticket prices in 2022
The price of admission to Loro Parque:
- adults – 40 €,
- For children (6-11 years old): 28 euros,
- Children up to 6 years old free of charge.
Price of admission to Loro Parque by bus (1 hour 30 minutes):
- adult ticket + bus – 55 €, bus only – 15 €,
- for children (6-11 years old) – 38 and 10 € respectively,
- Children up to 6 years old free of charge.
- Exclusive tour – 100 € (included – tour, lunch, reserved seats at all shows),
- Sunset tour – 120 € (included – evening tour, dinner at the restaurant with a view of the sunset, reserved seats at all shows),
- Adult season ticket for 1 year – 101 €
- For children 6-11 years old subscription for 1 year – 70 €,
- Adult season ticket for 1 year (zoo + Siam Park Aquapark) – 248 €
- One-year pass for a child 6-11 years old (Zoo + Siam Park Aquapark) – 167 €.
Mode of operation
Loro-Park is open every day, seven days a week:
- park grounds – from 09:30 to 17:30,
- Penguinarium – from 09:30 to 17:00,
- Aquarium – from 10:00 to 17:30.
Schedule of shows held in the park:
- parrot show – 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m,
- orca show – 11:45 am, 3:15 pm,
- sea lion show – 10:00, 11:00, 13:45, 14:30, 15:45,
- dolphin show – 11:15, 13:00, 16:15,
- Sessions at Naturavision 3D cinema – 11:45, 14:45, 17:15.
Loro Park today is home to a wide variety of members of the animal kingdom. And the most numerous, of course, are the parrots. The parrot collection is approximately 4,000 individuals of more than 350 species. Other birds include flamingos, cranes, penguins and black swans.
The mammal class is represented by chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, jaguars, lions, tigers, anteaters, sloths, red pandas, otters, capybaras, dolphins, sea lions and great orcas. Among the water inhabitants are sharks, numerous species of tropical fish, jellyfish, koi carps, catfish, stingrays and sea turtles. Reptiles are represented by crocodiles, iguanas and large, cute Galapagos tortoises.
Infrastructure of the park
The park itself is an unusually beautiful place. The entrance to the park is in the form of an unusual Thai village, behind which is an artificial pond with a long picturesque bridge thrown over it. In this very pond live and decorate it colorful koi carps and black swans.
For animals living in the green shady area of the park, there are very comfortable pavilions, because living conditions in them are as close to the natural as possible. There are ponds and artificial rocks, there are trees and other plants, birds can fly under a large dome, and the penguins have almost real snow.
On the territory of the beautiful oceanarium of Loro Park there are 12 exhibitions, in which many inhabitants of the underwater kingdom live and swim. The total volume of water in the aquariums is 1200,000 liters. All water for the aquarium is taken from the Atlantic Ocean, purified and filtered, and for the inhabitants of fresh water is also desalted in special plants. It also boasts a beautiful underwater zen garden and a 18 m long tunnel under the aquarium. In addition to the large oceanarium there is a smaller aquarium with a capacity of 65000 liters called AquaViva. Besides the fish a lot of different jellyfish in colorful aquariums are swimming there, occupying more than a third of the water space of the exhibition (25000 liters).
Dolphinarium in Loro Park was opened in 1987. Now it is home to nine dolphins. The penguinarium was opened in 1999 and is now the largest in the world. For the cute penguins there is a cool pool and a dry land with artificial ice, and special cannons throw large amounts of snow, up to 12 tons, which definitely pleases the birds. Around the pavilions with penguins there is a moving walkway for visitors.
One of the most popular places to walk is the Katandra Treetops parrot pavilion. The pavilion, under a mesh dome, is equipped with a ladder for visitors to climb up to the treetops and get a closer look at the birds. Most of the pictures are taken near the green lawn with a pond, where the pink flamingos stroll unhurriedly.
Also in this area are open to the public porcelain museum, a garden of orchids, 3D cinema Naturavisión with movies in Spanish, English and German, playground Kinderlandia with devices for climbing, scrambling and climbing, playground for small animals and veterinary office.
The price of a ticket to Loro Park includes attendance at several animal shows – penguin, orca, sea lion and parrot shows. Each show with performers in the water has its own pool. The largest of them, 12 meters deep, of course, the orcas. The spectator seats near each of the pools are covered from the sun by large awnings, and behind the pools there is a large amount of greenery, which serves as the perfect backdrop for the fascinating water shows.