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I'm so excited to see another TR from you! I loved following your Europe trip thread, and seeing this new one has made my night. I give you tons of credit for having the courage to do all of this traveling by yourself. I wish I had half the courage that you do. Looking forward to seeing more from you, and thanks so much for sharing your trips!

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Thank you so much guys!

 

If you're ever thinking about visiting South America please let me know and I'll do my best to help you with everything!

 

 

This is how the fortune teller birds work:

 

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They open one of those drawers and randomly pick a paper with a fortune on it and handle it to you

 

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Those fortune teller birds were very popular in South America during the 60's and 70's, but you don't see them anymore. This guy in Luján says they are the only ones left in the world.

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Parque de La Ciudad

 

 

Parque de La Ciudad was planned during Argentina's Military Government, around 1975. They wanted to build a large amusement park with all new rides, and money wasn't an issue. They contracted a company named Interama Parks S.A. to be in charge of everything, and this company contracted Intamin AG to built a giant observation tower, and to provide the park's major rides, including the only steel racing coaster in the world at that time.

 

They planned two major rollercoasters, Vertigorama, Intamin's steel racing coaster, that cost US$10.000.000 and Aconcagua, a Schwarzkopf model pretty much like Nessie, without the looping. Is was South America's highest coaster for a long time, and it cost was around US$6.500.000.

 

When the park opened it's doors in 1982 it had 62 attractions. Vertigorama wasn't one of those, since it's electrical parts never came to place.

 

The return to the democratic government, along with a long recession period were some of the factors that contributed to the closing of the park in 2003 when Buenos Aires' mayor decided to close the park claiming that he wanted to refurbish all the rides. The park remained closed for 4 years. In 2007 it reopened with just a few attractions, but it was closed again in 2008, when the city government claimed that the park's rides were not safe.

 

Nowadays the park is partially open. People are allowed in the center areas, where the picnic tables, lake, restrooms and green areas are. The observation tower, called Torre Espacial reopened last year, but I'm not sure wether it's still working or not, since it was closed on the day of my visit.

 

I was always amazed by abandoned parks, so this visit to Parque de La Ciudad was very, very special to me.

 

In 2013 there's going to be a huge music concert at Parque de La Ciudad, so I'm afraid they'll remove the rides for good. If you have the opportunity to visit this park while the rides are still there, please do, it's really amazing!

 

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When you enter Parque de la Ciudad you'll see this long path that leads you to the observation tower. This is one of the areas where visitors are allowed.

 

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The green areas are all accessible to the public. There are a few fences and "no trespassing" signs indicating where you can't go.

 

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But it's not rocket science do go past those signs and enter the rides area

 

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Everything is still there, none of the rides have been removed

 

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It's so pretty and so creepy at the same time

 

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Vertigorama, Intamin's racing coaster

 

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The loading station was never built, even though the trains were all in place

 

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don't call me crazy, but I think this is prettier than a regular working coaster

 

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Amazing

 

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Being able to enter the ride area and walk around was something out of this world

 

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Pretty much like a dream, or a scary movie

 

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Souvenirs!

 

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The cable chairs

 

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More creepy/amazing rides

 

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Everything is exactly the way it was back in 2007

 

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They didn't even close the control pannel

 

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Nessie, without the looping

 

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Admit it, you've always wanted a pisture like that

 

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A kiddie coaster

 

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more creepy pictures

 

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A Schwarzkopf Wild Cat

 

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It seems a shame that the park has fallen into such disrepair. It's very cool that you got to check it out up close though. Vertigorama and Aconcagua look like they could still be made operational with some TLC.

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WOW - fascinating, and a little sad, to see the state of Parque de la Ciudad. Would love to see Aconcagua saved - South America is the land of Anton Schwarzkopf after all, right?

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I've read reports that Vertigorama did open briefly in the 90s but it was rough as hell and closed down soon after. I've looked for years for proof of this but so far just have peoples written words. I guess it's a bit of a coaster Urban Legend. I just wonder which is better... Vertigorama or Orphan Rocker

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Sad to see a Schwarzkopf just sitting there rotting away.

 

Sad to see two Schwarzkopf Coasters and at least one Schwarzkopf flat rotting away I hope RD doesn't see this

 

You both are so true .

 

Really sad to see, among other things, the Non-Loop-Coaster (but nevertheless with the classy and original headrests) "Aconcagua" in these conditions...

 

Anyway, thank you for your nice and interesting (and report) pictures, Mrenata!

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I've read reports that Vertigorama did open briefly in the 90s but it was rough as hell and closed down soon after. I've looked for years for proof of this but so far just have peoples written words. I guess it's a bit of a coaster Urban Legend. I just wonder which is better... Vertigorama or Orphan Rocker

 

 

In fact Vertigorama never opened, since it's electrical parts never came to Parque de La Ciudad.

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Sad to see a Schwarzkopf just sitting there rotting away.

 

Sad to see two Schwarzkopf Coasters and at least one Schwarzkopf flat rotting away I hope RD doesn't see this

 

I think he did, and is now in seclusion, mourning quietly.

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