Opening hours for the various parks in Brazil were quite difficult to come by during the planning stages of this trip. The necessity of booking flights early forced us to make a few decisions with limited information, and for the most part we were lucky in our choices. The one major exception was our day in Brasilia, as we discovered too late that all of the parks in the area were closed on Mondays. Predictably, we were rescued by the wonderful Maria, who found a travelling fair in driving distance with two coasters in it. Better yet, her friend Guilherme Oliviera was able to arrange free wristbands for us.
The Zyklon Loop (#1897) is a rare example of the Pinfari Z47L, which is best described as a cross between an SDC Galaxi and the ubiquitous ZL42. This ride, operating with single car trains, has a first drop that leads directly into an intense vertical loop that pulls forces that wouldn't be out of place on a Schwarzkopf coaster. This is followed by two sets of Galaxi style helices, separated by an airtime hill that goes through the middle of the loop. The quality of the track work was better than average for Pinfari, and for the most part it was great fun. The only negative point was the fact that our car stopped three times on the lift hill, slamming painfully into the anti-rollbacks on each occasion. This really hurt.
We rode an undistinguished Tunel do Terror before moving across to the Brucomela (#1898), a rather tired looking model that was in definite need of a paint job. Having said that, it rode fine and made an amusing choice for my 1700th steel roller coaster. It was a treat to be allowed ride, as the train was under obvious maintenance with half of the restraints in pieces on the ground. We sat in the finished cars to avoid any potential problems.