Early this year I decided to explore those south american parks that are not well known and that barely no one talks about it. I left Rio de Janeiro towards Santiago, Chile in order to travel all the way to Buenos Aires by bus/plane.
On my way I could visit six parks, including the most amazing abandoned park ever, Parque de la Ciudad!
One thing you should know is that Chile and Argentina are pretty much "first world countries" in South America, so it's kind of easy to get around, even for a woman traveling by herself who didn't speak a fluent spanish.
Both countries are very safe, have decent hotels and hostels, reasonable airports, good public transportation and most important, everything is cheap compared to USA or Europe, or even Brazil.
Santiago is Chile's capital, and one of the biggest cities in South America. It's architecture is a mix of new office buildings with some old colonial houses. There's a hop on, hop off bus that goes arount the whole city and it works pretty much the same way the other hop on/offs buses around the world do. The subway system ir really good, it takes you everywhere and it's easy to understand how the lines are combined.
Fantasilandia is one of South America's biggest and most important parks. And is one of my favourites around here. It is located inside Parque O'Higgins, a local city park, and it's easily accessible by subway. The park even offers a shuttle from the subway station to the park gate, even though it's a 500m walk.
The park area is not big, but they make the best out of it. Their flat ride collection is very good, and includes a Condor, Top Spin, Disk'o, Go Karts, Drop Tower, Wave Swinger, Tidal Wave, etc. They also have 5 roller coasters: A SLC, a Wild Mouse, A Boomerang, A dragon and a Galaxi.
If you're flying from Brazil or Argentina to Santiago, the plane will cross the Andes, giving you a nice view of Aconcagua, South America's Highest point
Santiago's achitecture is a mix of new and old
This bus takes you from the subway station to the park entrance. There was a sign saying that it costs 100 pesos, but when I tried to pay for the ride, the bus driver told me it was free.
Raptor, a Vekoma SLC Coaster
Raptor, along with MP Express are the two smoothest SLC coasters I've ever ridden.
And it also has a nice landscape!
The park has a lot of gardens, benches and family rides. It looks like a cute RCT park.
Fun South American fact: Both Fantasilandia and Parque de la Costa (Argentina) have a wild mouse coaster, but for some reason none of the brazilian parks have got one yet. It's a shame, since it is a nice adition to any small park.
The lap bars were all tied toghether. Never seen that on a wild mouse before.
The Top Spin that really makes evryone wet!
They also have a Pirates of Caribbean ride that is actually good, even though the boats are really, really tiny!
For some reason, this ride is very, very popular in South America!
The Go Kart track goes under Boomerang
A galaxi coaster, another VERY popular ride in South America
This one has no lap bars, just a creepy car seatbelt
The seatbelt is completely loose and one can easily take it off during the ride
Ikarus was the newest addition for 2012 season
And they also have this boat ride that is so rare to find nowadays. It's the only one of it's kind in South America.
Last edited by Mrenata on Fri May 25, 2012 9:07 am.
I love it when people hit 'out of the way' parks like this! The park itself might not have the best coasters, but the scenery and greenery look top notch. It looks like such a clam park where people can relax and not worry about anything. And it looks like they take care of your rides, if you say that the SLC is smooth. I'm planning a trip to Peru in the upcoming years, and I may just make a pit stop in Santiago to visit this place. I'm am interested in picking up the credits, but that's not the only reason I'd want to visit the park.
The park advertised the "boat ride", caled Mississippi, as a terror ride, but I can't tell for sure whether this is accurate or not. I tried to find more information about this ride on the web, but the only thing that I could find out is that the ride is not operating anymore due to a lot of injures (which makes me think that it was indeed a Fun House). Apparently now they use the boat as a stage for some shows and contests.
Last edited by Mrenata on Sun May 27, 2012 6:58 am.
Culture credit: If you travel from Chile do Argentina by bus, you will cross the Andes. The trip from Santiago to Mendoza takes aprox 8 hours, and the views are breathtaking!
It's almost a Wild Mouse credit!
The view is amazing all the way. The roads are very safe and the buses are double decker with free snacks and beverages all the way! The one way fare is around US$50.
Seriously, this road is insanely beautiful!
There are some Inca ruins all the way. Breathtaking!
The mules ready to climb Aconcágua
The first major city in Argentina coming from Chile is Mendoza. It's the base camp for anyone who's going to climb Aconcágua. From Mendoza you can choose to either take a bus or fly to Cordoba and Buenos Aires. I choose to fly, since the air fare was really cheap (around US$90). The Airline Companies in Argentina are really good (Andes, Austral (which belongs to Aerolineas Argentinas) and LAN. Cordoba is Argentina's second biggest city and is one of the nicest ones too!
Super Park is a small park inside Parque Sarmiento. It looks like a small carnival that stood still on time. It's cute, though.
There are no entrance fees, or wristbands for unlimited rides. You pay 5 pesos per ride, less than US$2.
They still use the good old paper ticket
Speedy Gonzales, the only credit there
The park has around 20 rides, but they're all well taken care of. Their website, though, is a mess, http://www.super-park.com.ar/superpark.php
Good, old flat rides
Tagadas: For some inexplicable reason, they are SUPER popular in South America. I hate those rides, it doesn't make sense why one would spend money to end up with a stranger sitting on your lap. Or does it?
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