We were up by 7am and had decided to make the most of having a car by going out and doing something we were sure BattleKid would enjoy. I packed our change bag for the day and after having breakfast we headed straight for the car to head to the north of the island and our destination: Loro Parque in Puerto Cruz.
I can tell you that I did not enjoy the journey there. The roads are very twisty and turny as you head up the side of the mountain, and then descend it as you head towards Puerto Cruz. I actually felt very sick during the journey and was worried about BattleKid, although he seemed fine.
We arrived about an hour and a half after we left and parked within the car park of Loro Parque itself at a cost of €4. There is some free parking on the road outside of Loro Parque but you have to be lucky to get it.
We joined the queue and paid €34 each, BattleKid was free, and we were in. Sneakily you have to pass some staff with cameras by some parrots to get your picture taken, but we didn’t bother buying them at the end of the day. But you cannot avoid them at all!
We initially passed a number of bird enclosures with the most amazingly coloured parakeets and parrots. We also passed the gorilla enclosure and after that we headed towards the penguin house. This was the most amazing penguin house I’d ever seen.
When we had finished with them we checked the times of the animal shows and saw that there was an orca show due soon so headed towards that. Attending the show brought about mixed feelings for me. I haven’t seen Black Fish and don’t agree with such beautiful creatures being enclosed in a watery jail but at the same time it was amazing to see them. Such beautiful, intelligent creatures. I just wish they were free in the ocean where they belong.
From there we passed the beautiful white Siberian tiger before seeing Chimps, other moneys and many, many more birds. The array of birds at Loro Parque is quite something. Lunchtime was looming so we found a seat at a grill restaurant and had good food. It made a nice change to be served nice food at a zoo and it wasn’t too expensive either for what we had. Poor BattleKid was closing his eyes while eating his spaghetti to avoid being splashed in his eyes haha!
After lunch we saw the flamingo’s en-route to the aquarium, which also had some different species of shark. We had pretty much seen everything we had wanted to including sloths, tortoise, otters, crocodiles and various types of monkeys. At 2pm we decided to head back to the south of the island, this time passing through El Teide National Park and seeing the mountain from the other side. It took us almost 3 hours to get back to the hotel but the scenery was absolutely stunning so it more than made up for it. Snow-capped mountains and snow banks on the side of the roads made way for drier land as we descended the mountain. Along parts of the journey back you’d swear we were in Utah or somewhere similar.
The twisty roads were reminiscent of the Alps or the Rockies and it was certainly unexpected scenery. Again the twisty roads made me feel nauseous. BattleKid napped for over an hour on the journey home. But we were glad we took the different route home to see more of the middle of Tenerife Island.
When we got back we had our showers and got ready for my birthday dinner in the themed restaurant out at the sea front where we’d had tea and cakes after our morning walk a few days before.
The meal theme was Chinese/Oriental and it was a nice change from the usual buffet things on offer in the main restaurant.
After dinner we visited the playground on our way back and once BattleKid was settled we watched another Mr Robot (with quite a shocking end) before heading to bed ourselves. I had a bad night with BattleKid due to him itching his way through most of the night with a heat rash. He always seems to suffer with one. He’ll have to get used to it when we are permanently in the sun!
Pop by tomorrow for our last full day in Tenerife.