Our first visit to this attraction, which is heavily advertised all over the island and we were half expecting to find it over-hyped, but these fears disappeared immediately on entry. The site is huge, and immaculately kept. We saw not a bit of litter or mess all visit long. The animals are all in large, open enclosures, most t with waterfalls, and all looking very natural. Most are fronted by huge glass fronts. The aquarium is truly spectacular, enormous tanks of beautiful fresh and seawater fish and crustaceans. Penguin world starts with a large pool and rocky landscape, with little Humboldt penguins, followed by a recreation of Antarctica, populated by King penguins, viewed from a slow moving walkway. The park started life as a parrot sanctuary, and still has large numbers, some in pairs in large cages and specimens of the large and colourful Amazon parrots fly freely in a vast aviary. There are four shows a day of dolphins, killer whales, sea lions and parrots, all mind blowingly good. All of the animals are obviously well cared for, healthy and happy, and the animal performers in the shows seem to love what they do and show a really close bond with their trainers. There are numerous food outlets, beautifully clean, attended toilets, and, of course, souvenir and merchandise outlets. A free land train runs from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz to Loro Parque at approximately 20 minute intervals. The site is so large that it absorbs the vast crowds easily and it is possible to move around easily. Once in the park, baby buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available on payment of a small deposit, and one can buy a heavily discounted entry ticket, valid for 14 days. We made 2 visits and would recommend Loro Parque to anyone of any age.
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