Organizing a wedding can be exhausting, and what better way to wind-down after all the chaos than relaxing surrounded by the diverse and enticing landscapes throughout South America. Honeymoons are made to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience- So why limit yourself to just one destination? South America boasts some of the world’s most romantic resorts and offers incredible experiences and we have compiled a comprehensive array of honeymoon ideas throughout South America, which may have never crossed your mind!
Our Pick For 6 Of The Best Honeymoon Destinations In South America
#1 Peru: Cusco and Machu Picchu
Peru is an adventure lover’s dream. Whether you want to tick Machu Picchu off your bucket list or explore the streets of colorful Cusco, Peru is definitely for you! Cusco is Peru’s cultural capital and was once capital of the Inca empire, so it is rich in Incan history. The main square “Plaza de Armas” is the heart of the city. It is home to the Iglesia de la Campania de Jesus and the Santo Domingo, two classic cathedrals bursting with history. Another must-see in Cusco is the ruins of Qurikancha, commonly known as The House of the Sun.
You cannot visit Cusco without going to see Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world! For those seeking adventure, Huayna Picchu, the mountain peak located behind the site of Machu Picchu, can be climbed and the resulting views of the site are breathtaking.
After all this exploring, you will need some relaxation and why not do so in the heart of The Sacred Valley. The Sol y Luna is an oasis amongst the rolling hills of the valley, offering true Inca authenticity, allowing you to unwind and take in the breath-taking views in your own private casita.
#2 Peru: Amazon Jungle
The Amazon Jungle has endless options for all types of people and budgets. The jungle is not the first thing that comes to mind when planning a honeymoon. However, it has everything you would expect from a trip of a lifetime- which is essentially what a honeymoon should be, right? The unique sounds of the jungle, the remoteness of your location and the luxurious surroundings of your own cabana, make for a truly unforgettable experience.
There are numerous resorts that offer a wide variety of excursions, ensuring you get to see The Peruvian Amazon in all its glory. Some offer daily excursions, where you can search for sloths or even go swimming in the Amazon river with your partner. You could also be lucky enough to see the giant otters and the pink dolphins! Others offer night time river cruises, where you can dine on-board while taking in the surreal surroundings.
If you still want an added element of luxury, you can choose to sail through the Amazon on a river cruise. There are many options available, including the Delphin III, which offers luxury of the finest taste. There is an expert culinary team onboard as well as a sparkling plunge pool to ensure you get the full honeymoon experience!
#3 Ecuador: The Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most cherished ecosystems. The volcanic island chain located off the coast of Ecuador is famously known for the variety of unique wildlife present there. Blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and penguins are to name but a few of Mother Nature’s surprises in store for you on The Galapagos. There are 20 islands in total, 17 of which are uninhabited. So the best way to see the islands is by boat. You can choose from a variety of styles (catamarans, small cruise ships, and even yachts!)- depending on your budget and/or personal preference.
There are numerous companies that offer tours, for example, Celebrity Cruises, who launched a brand-new ship “The Celebrity Flora” in May 2019. All rooms on the ship have full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to take in the immensely beautiful and unique landscape from the comfort of your own bed! Oh, and did we mention that these cruises are all-inclusive? If you’re wondering when the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is be sure to check out our great guide!
#4 Argentina: Mendoza
If you and your partner are wine lovers, then Mendoza (one of the nine Great Wine Capitals) is the perfect place for you. Placed amongst the foothills of the Andes mountains, Mendoza is not only home to beautiful scenery, but there are more than 1’500 wineries, making a wine tasting experience a must! You can also visit one of the many vineyards to see how it is made and appreciate it even more. And if you really, really love wine you can opt to stay at the Cavas Wine Lodge, which is a luxury resort surrounded by nearly 55 acres of vineyards. You can even watch the world go by from your own private plunge pool.
But wine is not all Mendoza has to offer. Due to its location, outdoor activities through the Andes are extremely popular. From horseback riding to white water rafting, you are sure to find something that you will both enjoy!
Another must-see is the Cacheuta Hot Springs. Located just 30km outside Mendoza, this luxurious oasis allows you to indulge in a day of pure relaxation. The Termas de Cacheuta offer spa packages that allow you to take full advantage of their amenities including mud baths, infinity pools, waterfalls, and Argentina’s only grotto sauna!
#5 Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone. It is most famously known for its glistening coastline with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. However, the city is also rich in culture and has a vibrant nightlife. The city comes alive for New Year’s Eve and Carnaval, where you can samba through the streets, eat local delicacies and observe the world-famous parade.
After all the liveliness of Rio, you may want a little relaxation. A short internal flight can take you to the city of Foz de Iguazu which is home to the world-renowned Iguazu Falls. In total there are 275 falls, and for those who really want to splash out, you can book a helicopter tour over the falls where you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view and see them in all their glory. There are many different resorts around the city that cater to all kinds of budgets.
#6 Chile: Atacama Desert & Patagonia
Patagonia is most famous for its natural, dramatic and breathtaking landscapes. It is the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and couples seeking outdoor thrills. The Torres del Paine National Park is a must-see. Spend your time sailing through glistening lakes, getting up close to glaciers, kayaking or even just observing the natural flora and fauna. The Awasi Patagonia is a remote assemblage of luxury villas, which offer spectacular views of the Torres del Paine. Each of the villas is assigned a guide who will make your experience personal to your interests and taste. You can also witness some of the natural wildlife, including llamas, pumas, and even armadillos, all from the comfort of your own private 4×4 with your guide.
Another must-see spot in Chile is the Atacama Desert A.K.A the driest desert in the world! But don’t worry it is not all tumbleweeds and cow skulls. Observe the sunset from the Moon Valley, watch geysers bubble and burst, see cacti covered hillsides and look at the stars from one of the world’s best stargazing spots. If you want to see the Atacama Desert from another dimension, opt for the Phaway Atacama Ballooning Experience, where you have a birds-eye view of this mind-blowing landscape!
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