Acqua Lokos

19th January 2013

Acqua Lokos is a substantial water park located on the south-eastern coast of Brazil. Most of the attractions are slides, but there is also a pirate ship and a Montanha Russa (#1890), the latter designed and constructed by an in-house engineering team. The home-spun nature of the ride is impossible to miss, thanks to a support structure built from uneven wooden logs rather than the more traditional cut planks. The ten-seater train negotiates a track made from tubular steel rail that bears a strong resemblance to that found on the Arrow Mine Trains.

Montanha Russa

In a slightly unusual move, the ride designers elected not to construct a normal loading station, meaning that boarding involves a tight squeeze down a platform that is no more than two feet in width. However, this is the only minor criticism in what was turned out to be an absolutely fantastic coaster. The ride felt completely out of control from the moment the train disengaged the lift hill, providing an ever increasing sense of speed, powerful airtime, and strong forces of the kind that enthusiasts salivate for. The final drop, a small one right before the brake run, was arguably the best of the lot.

This hobby for me is made special by those rare and elusive moments of true euphoria, where a coaster is so good that I could happily spend hours riding over and over again. Montanha Russa is the only coaster that I've ridden in Brazil that fits into this category. Despite its somewhat awkward location, enthusiasts travelling to this part of the world should not miss it.

 

Alpen Park

19th January 2013

Alpen Park is located high in the mountains, about two hours driving time from Acqua Lokos. The area is a tourist resort that could be thought of as a Brazilian version of Gatlinburg, crammed with hotels and nice looking restaurants. Fans of chocolate could easily spend a day browsing the shops in the area, many of which had elaborate theming to draw in customers.

Alpen Park

Alpen Blizzard (#1891) is a S&MC version of the Hurricane, with the same amazing mid-course drop that was both brilliant and utterly wrong at the same time. The operators insisted that all loose objects be stored in the complimentary ride lockers, but this wasn't a problem given that we were able to take the keys on board with us. The ride was a little on the rough side, but highly enjoyable even with a seat belt and lap bar that was a little sharp in places.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover that the park also had Treno, a Wiegand-built Alpine Coaster. The boarding station was built at the top of the ride, and the layout went a long way down the mountain at considerable speed before taking three back-to-back lift hills to the start point. Better yet, the staff waited for slow riders to be clear the track before dispatching, allowing us to enjoy the experience at full speed.

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Acqua Lokos

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