Lacuniacha is the name of a special and perfect destination for all nature lovers. It's about a wildlife park, So if you like animals or you have little ones and you want them to see animals live and direct and not on TV, you should know this place.
It's in Aragon, in the province of Huesca, in the Central Pyrenees area. Both in summer and winter it has something to offer. Let's see what.
Lacuniacha Wildlife Park
It is a relatively new park because opened in 2001, right around the turn of the century. Is located in the Tena Valley, near a small town called Piedrafita de Jaca. The sonorous and somewhat strange name derives from the natural lagoon that was able to decorate the landscape, but which ended up disappearing naturally through a silting process. When the water was no longer dammed, the vegetation began to gain ground and ended up taking over everything. The only thing that remains of the lagoon is the drainage ravine and you will see it when it is your turn to walk through the lynx's territory.
The truth is that since 2001 thousands and thousands of people have visited it and do visit it, and according to the surveys it is a guaranteed success and fun. The park it has a size of thirty hectares and it can be covered in a pleasant walk of between two or three hours. The trail network It is very well signposted and is thought and designed so that the walker can discover the wonders and natural treasures of the place.
A place, don't forget, that is inhabited by many animals that have lived here for thousands of years in a natural state, so the opportunity to see them like this is great. The paths give you postcards of the forest and the Pyrenees and the habits of the animals as well.
On a total path of about five kilometers, little more, little less, with a total difference of 180 meters you complete the route. Actually, it is worth clarifying, the park is not a zoo or a theme park or anything like it. You are going to find a forest, with nature in a living state. What is currently being said, a biopark. The animals were all born in captivity, some right there, some in rescue shelters, some in recovery centers.
Among the animals that stand out there are Przewalski's horses, fallow deer, deer, sarrios, wolves, boreal lynxes, European bison, reindeer, squirrels, birds, moles, roe deer and mountain goats. It is estimated that there are around 120 animals of the fifteen different species that inhabit the park. And the green part of the postcard, so to speak, has birch, box, beech, thorn, pine, oak, ash, holly… 21 plant species in total.
El park It is open all year and from its origins it has not intended to place a barrier between animals and humans. So it is nice to discover that animals are not very scared or away from people, so the children are delighted. In addition, the hectares are part of an ancient forest called La Pinosa, a place that the hand of man has hardly touched much over time.
The park can be divided into Low Lacuniacha y Lacuniacha high. In the first park you will find the mixed forest and in the second there is a subalpine meadow ecosystem with shrubs, mountain wildflowers and extensive meadows. Between the two there are picturesque viewpointsObviously, in strategic places so that you can appreciate all the beauty of the place that includes, we must not forget, the ancient stone of the Pyrenees.
Moreover the Lacuniacha biopark is part of the Ordesa-Viñamala Biosferra Reserve, the only one in the lands of Aragon (a typical example of a mountain ecosystem that jealously guards a few species at risk of extinction); plus participate in a European bison recovery program so all the young that are born here will be released in northern Europe one day.
Visit the Lacuniacha Wildlife Park
We said that it is open all year round so consider the clothes you are going to wear and some comfortable shoes that allow you to walk with good grip on the ground. If you decide to go these days or soon, autumn, winter, wear warm clothes and Mountain boots and the use of poles is even recommended as there may be snow or ice on the roads.
Although you can imagine it, I clarify: You cannot circulate with wheelchairs or baby carriages. If you do not have a backpack for the child, you can rent it at the park reception. You can't go with pets and obviously, You can not smoke in nowhere.
Practical information for the visit
- Hours: from July 1 to August 31, the park is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Saturdays and holidays from 10 am to 8 pm. From September 1 to October 15 it does it on weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays and holidays until 8 pm. From October 16 to March 31 in the week it opens from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays and holidays it closes at 6 as well. From April 1 to June 30 on weekdays it opens at the same time but on Saturdays and holidays it closes at 8 pm. At Christmas you can go but it opens from 11 am to 3 pm.
- Price: you can buy tickets online on the park's website or right there up to two hours before closing. The children's ticket (from 4 to 11 years old), costs 12 euros, the youth ticket (from 12 to 17 years old), 14 euros, the adult ticket costs 16 euros and the senior ticket, for those over 64 years old, 12 euros.
What services does the park offer to its visitors? There is a outdoor bar to rest at the beginning or end of the tour serving hot and cold food. It has a service that you can pay with the ticket itself, that is, you can pay entry + menu when you get to the park. A combo, we would say. Then, halfway through the route, there is another bar with a rest area and a tent in case you are surprised by rain or snowfall. Here you can eat in the rest area.
Finally, you can not miss the Souvenirs Store that in addition to giving you one of your trips gives resources to the park itself.