Sump­tu­ous South Amer­ica

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - PHIL HOFFMANN TRAVEL -

PHIL Hoff­mann Travel is of­fer­ing three tour ve­hi­cles to en­joy a slice of sump­tu­ous South Amer­ica on your trav­els.

Choose from tours such as Hand­picked Peru, Rhythms of Brazil and Cruis­ing the Fjords of Chile, and get up close with the con­trast­ing won­ders – phys­i­cal and cul­tural – within the vi­brant con­ti­nent.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the in­cred­i­ble na­ture and beauty of Chile’s coast with Sko­r­pios Cruises, vis­it­ing the spec­tac­u­lar San Rafael Glacier and pic­turesque vil­lages such as Puerto Aguirre and Cas­tro on a six-day, fivenight jour­ney.

MV Sko­r­pios II of­fers com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for 106 pas­sen­gers. You board and dis­em­bark at Puerto Montt, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced many mem­o­rable land­scapes.

Early­bird bookings, by June 30, will save $326 a per­son on this cruise/tour.

Phil Hoff­mann Travel prin­ci­pal Phil Hoff­mann says Chile has a rich and colour­ful cul­ture un­like any­thing else in the Amer­i­cas.

“While its geog­ra­phy cov­ers a mas­sive length, its po­si­tion, nes­tled be­tween the An­des and the Pa­cific, is some­what iso­lated,’’ he says. “Chile is a land of con­trast­ing and ex­treme land­scapes, where con­tact with na­ture is in­escapable’.’

There are de­par­tures for this tour from Septem­ber 5 to April 4, 2016, with prices from $2324 a per­son twin share.

The 13-day Peru adventure de­liv­ers a com­pre­hen­sive jour­ney through the coun­try’s main at­trac­tions.

Peru is of­ten re­ferred to as the cul­tural heart of South Amer­ica. On this tour, you visit the White City of colo­nial Are­quipa; the vast Colca Canyon to wit­ness the un­for­get­table sight of the flight of the con­dor; colo­nial Lima; the mar­kets and ru­ins of Cuzco; Puno and the Lost City of the In­cas, mys­ti­cal Machu Pic­chu.

“From dense jun­gle via coastal desert to the glacial peaks of the An­des, Peru is an em­pire of hid­den trea­sures, an­cient cul­tures and rich colo­nial tra­di­tion,’’ Mr Hoff­mann says.

This tour is priced from $4854 a per­son, twin share, and starts by check­ing out Lima’s colo­nial build­ings and ends with a catamaran cruise on Lake Tit­i­caca, vis­it­ing man­made float­ing reed is­lands of the Uros In­di­ans.

The 11-day Rhythms of Brazil, from $4854 a per­son, tour of­fers a sus­tained saunter into this coun­try soaked by warm, trop­i­cal sun and filled with white sand beaches.

Mr Hoff­mann says trav­ellers will catch the high­lights and contrasts of this vast coun­try; from spec­tac­u­lar Rio de Janeiro to the splen­dour of Iguazu Falls and from the wilds of the Ama­zon to the mys­te­ri­ous cul­ture of Sal­vador.

The tour will take you to Manaus, to kick off the Ama­zon leg of the adventure.

“It’s easy to see why big, bold and beau­ti­ful Brazil is one of the world’s most ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions,’’ Mr Hoff­mann says. De­tails: Phil Hoff­mann Travel on 1300 889 953 or at pht.com.au

BREATH­TAK­ING:

The stunning view of Rio de Janeiro from Cor­co­v­ado Moun­tain, fea­tur­ing the 38m-tall Christ the Redeemer statue.

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