Eco-Lite: Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain

OVERVIEW

Loro Parque sets the standard for zoos, especially zoos that feature walk-in aviaries!  The exhibits reflect the bird/animal’s native habitat and there are detailed explanations about where they come from and if they are endangered and why.  Loro Parque will appeal to all members of the family whether they are bird-crazy or not!  In addition to the most diverse genetic reserve of parrots in the world (more than 4,000 specimens of 350 different species and subspecies), there are also shows featuring Orcas, Dolphins, Sea Lions & Penguins.  If you bring your family with you to the International Parrot Conference, this is a great way to keep them entertained!  I am not usually a fan of trained animal shows but Loro Parque does treat their birds and animals right.  You will see this in the photos below.

You can’t go past the top zoo in Europe and 3rd best zoo in the world!

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HOW DO YOU GET THERE?

Use your OneWorld alliance miles (Avios work well here) for an Iberia flight to Tenerife Norte from Madrid.  This cost 7500 Avios in 2014 each way.  It’s pretty easy to get to Madrid from anywhere in the world.  I wasn’t a fan of MAD, its a huge airport and information/maps are hard to find.  Make sure you fly to the northern airport TFN rather than TFS, it’s much closer to Puerto de la Cruz, the home of Loro Parque.  The bus was 6 Euros from TFN to Puerto de la Cruz and stops outside several major hotels including Hotel Botanico.  If you haven’t rented a car, use Loro Parque’s free train from the main plaza in town to get to the park.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

They have several ticket options depending on if you want transfers and admission to Siam Park as well on their website.