Parque de la Costa (Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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Parque de la Costa (Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Postby GaryWilson » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:02 am

This is my first trip report so bear with me if it doesn’t fit the right standards. I’m a student originally from South Bend, Indiana that lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m a huge fan of amusement parks so even when I find myself in South America I find myself spending a lot of time in ‘parques de diversions.’

(Let me tell ya, South America is not exactly a hotspot for coasters. Except for maybe Brazil, of which Im not sure about other than that Americans need a visa to visit. Did I read somewhere that TPR is taking a trip to Brazil next year?)

I’ve been to this park about a half-dozen times as it’s only a half hour outside of the city by a train and a year-long pass costs a whopping $16USD. “Parque de la Costa” is Spanish for Park of the Coast and as such the park is located in the tourist area of Tigre a large, and quite polluted though beautiful system of river canals.

The general area of Tigre is stunningly charming and, at least to me, reminds me of Monticello, Indiana. There all sorts of little restaurants, food stalls and other mom and pop businesses lining the streets. There is also a very large market that sells South American handicrafts and a huge casino just outside of the park.

The park is the largest operating amusement park in all of Argentina. The key word there is operating. There is a slightly larger, government owned park within the city limits called ‘Parque de la Cuidad’ (I’ll let you guess what that means). That park has a Schwarzkopf Wildcat, a Jetstar is listed as in storage, three small kiddie coasters, a “Aconcagua” from Schwarzkopf, and a rollercoaster called Vertigorama for Intamin AG that was never completed because of the fall of the Argentine military dictatorship. All are listed as standing but not operating. I’m going to attempt to (legally) gain access to the park grounds to take pictures for University, if I able to and people are interested, I will post them here. (All coaster information is taken for RCDB)

Anyway, back to Parque de la Costa, there are three credits to be found. A Vekoma SLC, Boomerrang and one called Vigia which is apparently a Tivoli large model that goes through a fake mountain and around a pond. The Tivoli is probably the highlight of the coasters, it completes two circuits per ride and is quite enjoyable. Not only that, the thing is a capacity beast, holding 40 riders in a train which seems like a lot for a junior coaster.

The Vekomas are exactly what you would expect, although the SLC is smoother than others that I have ridden. Outside of the coaster there are about 15 flat rides or so including a Top Spin that was running one of the longest programs of any I’ve ever ridden. There are a handful of fairly entertaining shows within various venues, a huge kiddieland and four or five of walk-through dark ride type things.

The park is pretty enjoyable, everything runs fairly smoothly by normal standards (extremely smoothly by Argentine standards with the glaring exception of the SLC which regularly has two hour plus lines. For an SLC. Yuck. )For the money, it really can’t be beat. And it’s the best that Argentina has to offer.

Next month I visiting Chile and will be making a stop at Chile’s largest amusement park Fantasilandia. Give me some feedback on how I can improve on the trip report for when I write one on that park. Thanks, Gary.
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Postby robbalvey » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:16 am

Awesome! Thanks for a look into a park not many of us has seen.

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Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:54 am

If you have more photos from the park please post them. I'd like to add as much as possible to TPR's Park Index in case anyone visting the Buenos Aires area would like a diversion from this wonderful city.

Same thing when it comes to your upcoming visit to Chile. Post as many pictures as you can from the park to accurate depict the feel of the park. As moderators we tend to be more liberal with the amount of pictures posted in Photo TR when it is a park is one that not many on TPR have visited.

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Postby Brad » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:49 am

This park was a random find for me when I was studying in Buenos Aires. We went to check out El Tigre and were bombarded with advertisements for the park along the way... I prefered arriving via la Tren de la Costa... an experience in itself.

I visited in June (the fall/beginning of winter), and the park was not crowded at all. My favorite experience was the bouncing flat ride located next to Pirana (swinging ship). I don't think I've laughed so hard in my life because of the sheer strangeness of that attraction (and quite unsafe in my mind)!

Glad that someone else has enjoyed this park, and posted a P:TR about it!

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Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:46 am

^I just looked at all your posts and don't see the Photo TR you posted. Are you sure you posted it on TPR? I would gladly add it the the Park Index.
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Postby Brad » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:17 am

larrygator wrote:^I just looked at all your posts and don't see the Photo TR you posted. Are you sure you posted it on TPR? I would gladly add it the the Park Index.


Sorry if my post was confusing... I meant that I was glad that someone posted a P:TR about this park... (I didn't take pictures)!

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Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:23 am

^No problem.

Was the bouncy ride near Pirana a "Tagada". Here is a picture of one from China's Floraland.
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Postby Brad » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:32 am

larrygator wrote:^No problem.

Was the bouncy ride near Pirana a "Tagada". Here is a picture of one from China's Floraland.


Yes! Haha, that thing was crazy. No restraints, and myself nor any of my friends knew what the thing did until we got on...

It threw us all over the place. Great times...

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Postby GaryWilson » Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:11 pm

larrygator wrote:If you have more photos from the park please post them. I'd like to add as much as possible to TPR's Park Index in case anyone visting the Buenos Aires area would like a diversion from this wonderful city.

Same thing when it comes to your upcoming visit to Chile. Post as many pictures as you can from the park to accurate depict the feel of the park. As moderators we tend to be more liberal with the amount of pictures posted in Photo TR when it is a park is one that not many on TPR have visited.

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I don't have more pictures but I should be back that way in about three weeks so I'll take more. I'll take a lot when I'm at the park in Chile.

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Postby GeorgeT » Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:17 pm

We have that kind of "bouncy" roundabout on many of our fairs here in Germany.
And it`s hard to understand why they are allowed...cause they ARE dangerous IMHO...but fun, of course...

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