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A tour of discovery!

by Tara Scarlata

MOST of you will have heard of Loro Parque, or maybe even visited. It’s a great day out for all ages, from 2 to 102, and everyone will find something they like!

After visiting Loro many times over the last 15 years, this time we wanted to see a bit more. We were a group of eight, including children, and bought Premium tickets, which include the Discovery Tour, premium seating at the shows, and lunch.

On arrival, we were greeted by the Discovery Tour team, and our guide was Maartje. We had a tour booked at 12pm, and we were advised as to what would be the best things to visit beforehand, and where to meet afterwards. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, giving us a map and outlining all the best show times, to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

We were given prime seating for all the displays. This was great, because we didn’t need to rush to get good positions. The tour lasted 1¾ hours, and everyone loved it. We began by learning about the Thai village, and its 24-carat-gold emblem at the entrance to the park, and then moved on to the gorillas.

I don’t want to give too much away about the tour, but it was fascinating to go behind the scenes to see how they are fed, and learn why there is only a bachelor group.

Next, we ventured into the penguin area, and went underneath to see how the staff look after all the water in the park; it was really fascinating.

It was such an advantage having the guide giving interesting facts and anecdotes about the animals and staff, as well as the history and inner workings of what keeps Loro Parque running, day to day.

During the tour, you are able to access areas not normally seen by the general public, which is really special. My favourite part was going round the animal embassy, watching the week-old parrots being hand-fed, and finding out about what the Loro Parque Fundacion does, around the world.

Maartje, our guide, was extremely informative, and happy to answer all kinds of questions. She engaged with everyone in the group, making it a fun experience. Afterwards, we had a great lunch, which was included in the Premium ticket. The team in the restaurant were really friendly, and took special care of the children in our group. The food was superb.

We spent the rest of the afternoon going round the park at our leisure, visiting the white tigers, and seeing them take a dip in the pool. We walked through the Katandra treetops, with the birds flying over our heads, and checked out the cute, new, pygmy hippos. We also enjoyed the parrot, sea-lion, dolphin and Orca shows.

Overall, the park was extremely clean, and the living conditions of the animals were very good. Going behind the scenes enables you to see how much attention is paid to the whole environment.

After visiting Loro Parque so many times, I thought I had seen everything, but I learned so much. There are many secrets to discover, and I would definitely return and do it again. And it is excellent value for money, with the lunch being included.

So, if you want to know how much an Orca weighs, what a penguin eats, why all the animals drink mineral water, or where all the animals in Loro Parque come from (and the answer is not the wild!), then the Discovery Tour is a must.

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