It’s about that time again. Todd Hoffman and his crew have set out to find gold once again, this time it’s in South America. Todd and crew reverted from the their normal honey hole in Alaska in order to search for fresh “virgin” ground in the Spanish continent of South America. Although the new season of Gold Rush begins at the beginning of September, Christo Doyle , who is Discovery Channel’s executive producer of the show, boasts that Gold Rush South America is still yet full of surprises. Surprises are a good thing, however; will the Hoffman crew actually see any Gold?
After years of being secluded to the Klondike in Alaska, Todd, Dave, Jack and Fred took their need for treasure half way across the world; will it be a success? The first episode of South America shows Todd Hoffman doing what he always does, making contacts. Todd received a tip from South America investors that the gold there was unbelievably easy to access. What they failed to tell Todd was that all of the easy gold to be got was gone. Millions of locals including tourist were in search of the same thing the Hoffman’s were there for, the only thing was, the locals know where to find it. Todd and crew have a hard time finding a reliable resource for where the best gold can be found. Fred, who is the only expert miner in the Hoffman crew, took numerous dirt samples from the beaches of Chile in order to determine if that’s where the gold was. Since the crew was limited with the amount of time and equipment they had, Fred and the team built a wash plant from a wood frame to filter the dirt. Their average pay-per-yard in the Klondike was $10 a yard, they were looking to get at least $60 a yard on the beach of Chile. The news of failure hit the crew hard when they ran 200 yards of dirt through the wash plant and only came up with an average of $1 per yard.
Todd Hoffman, who is the foreman of the crew, has plans to relocate to Guyana in search of the American dream if the dirt doesn’t prove its worth in Chile. While his crew is behind him, Dave, Todd’s friend and main equipment operator, is skeptical if they will find gold and questionable of Todd’s competence. The last member of the crew, Jack, who is Todd’s father, is willing to go as far as he has to go in order to find gold. As it’s been proven on previous seasons of Gold Rush, Gold is never guaranteed. We will all just have to watch to see what happens to the Hoffman crew and if they are able to generate a profit this season.