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.
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.