Thursday 5 July 2012

Six weeks exploring South Americas hidden gems

Out-of-the-ordinary, off-the-beaten-track travel specialists Far Horizons bring together an incredible diversity of regions and highlights in their 43-day fully-escorted tour through South America's less-travelled northern regions of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil's far northern Atlantic coastline departing 21 April 2013.

This remarkable journey embraces conventional air and road travel, river boats and 4WD excursions, with charter flights over Peru's still-unexplained Nazca Lines depicting geometric shapes, men, animals and birds scratched into a vast 450sq km of arid stone desert between 500BC and 500AD, and Venezuela's Angel Falls, the world's highest cataract. There are tours of colonial cities and archaeological sites, jungle walks and a descent into Colombia's Zipaquira underground salt Cathedral.

Prices start from $38,950pp twin-share ex-Sydney including return airfare, best available accommodation, all meals and sightseeing, local guides and a Far Horizons escort throughout, all taxes and gratuities. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or

HIGHLIGHTS range from a luxury eco-resort in Chile's Atacama Desert which hasn't seen rain in 400 years, to Venezuela's famed Orinoco Delta, the world's most famous Gold Museum in Colombia, a catamaran excursion to French Guyana's infamous Devils Island, Brazil's "capital of culture" Sao Luis, and a 600km, 4-day 4WD journey along the country's coastal "Sun Road" from Fortaleza to Recife.

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