So you want to book a South America honeymoon, but are overwhelmed by the options. We've got you covered! Read on for all of our top picks for romantic South American getaways to celebrate your special occasion in style.
South America’s stunning landscapes, temperate climate, and passionate people naturally lend themselves to romance and excitement while on your honeymoon.
The coast of Colombia has secluded beaches to explore, Ecuador’s Rainforest and Galapagos Islands are natural wonders of the world, Peru’s Machu Picchu of course needs no introduction, and Argentina’s Iguazú National Park literally takes the breath away when visiting.
Even better why not combine the best of various countries into one truly unforgettable south america honeymoon trip, with memories sure to last a lifetime. Happy Gringo specialize in custom-made honeymoon itineraries, and are here to help design your own unique honeymoon experience.
1 big continent, 2 people in love, 6 amazing countries to explore! Let's dive right in to our best south america honeymoon recommendations.
The different regions of Colombia offer a respite from typical travel, away from the masses. The rolling hills of the coffee region, the romantic city of Cartagena on the coast, and the out of this world landscapes of the Tatacoa Desert are well worth the time. In Colombia a new adventure awaits eager honeymooners everyday.
Founded in 1533, by Spanish Commander Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena was an important port for Spanish ships heading home laden with riches. Pirates plundered the seaside city, but the Spanish prevailed by building up defenses along the coast. Today, Cartagena’s charm lies in its walled historic center. Stroll the quaint cobblestone streets and picture perfect plazas, or take a popular horse-drawn carriage ride at night. Fine dining and cafe culture is a big Cartagena thing. To top it all off, Cartagena also has an 11km stretch of beaches for perfect honeymoon relaxation. Venture further along the coast for more seclusion at famed Tayrona National Park or the Rosario Islands.
For outdoor lovers, the Tatacoa Desert in the central region of Colombia is a stand out destination. Striking rock formations with vivid colors, and hills and valleys give way to fun-filled days of exploring. The desert is home to one of the country’s most important sky observatories, which opens its doors to travelers during the evening for star gazing. One of the other star attractions is Los Hoyos, a natural pool in the middle of the desert, perfect to help you unwind at the end of an active day for the bride and groom.
The Coffee Triangle of Colombia in the central Andes is an adventure that immerses you in a traditional Colombian lifestyle. Rolling hills and scenic overlooks are home to working haciendas that grow and process the nation’s rich beans. Tours here stop at plantations and explore fertile valleys. Romantic accommodations include stays at converted ancient monasteries and colonial haciendas.
No honeymoon would be complete without sand between your toes, and crystalline waters washing gentle waves to shore. San Andres is a dreamy coral island paradise in the Caribbean Sea. Here lovers will find a diverse ecosystem of white sand beaches, mangrove forests and coral reefs. Enjoy diving or snorkelling in the clear sea, soaking up some sun, or pampering yourselves at one of the modern, all-inclusive resorts.
A honeymoon in Peru offers different options for a diverse trip where mountains, colonial cities, and ancient ruins find you exploring the culture and history of the country at your own pace. Here are a few of the top peru honeymoon destinations to check out.
Arequipa is a city of colonial-era churches, plazas, and regal architecture. It is firmly on the map as one of Peru’s best cities for couples to visit. It is also part of the fabric of the ever-evolving culinary scene of the country. Combined with day trips to the Colca Canyon and the Capua Waterfall, spending time here is a great way to explore the culture and natural sites of the country.
Cusco used to be the seat of Inca power and was where rulers extended the reach of their empire before being conquered by the Spanish. Today its allure draws people from all over the world to discover its historic streets. Couples love to explore the narrow cobbled streets, and take snaps together in the picturesque central plaza. You can also eat at some of the country’s best restaurants, and travel to nearby sites including Rainbow Mountain, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Ruins.
For an active, off the beaten path honeymoon in Peru, Huaraz ticks all the right boxes. Adventurous couples can hike trails to explore glaciers and mountain lakes and explore nearby ruins. The area around Huaraz is considered by many to be the most beautiful region of the south american Andes. Stay in remote and cosy getaways where comfort and mountain hospitality are the first priorities.
The ancient citadel of the Incas needs to introduction, and is a must-see on any Peru honeymoon itinerary! For good reason Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the world, and high up on travel bucket lists. What better place for a magical photo of the newly married couple? For adventurous souls a great option is to trek the Inca Trail or one of the alternative trekking routes, sleeping under the stars at campsites along the way. A once in a lifetime experience!
Compared to its neighbors to the north and south, Ecuador’s small size and diverse regions let you explore more territory in less time. Remember, size is not everything. Ecuador punches well above it's weight for magical bucket list destinations. In particular Ecuador has some of South America’s very best wildlife destinations, perfect for a honeymoon set in glorious nature.
The Galapagos Islands have enchanted honeymooners for many years now. Galapagos is one of those unique and special destinations that is truly like no other. Nature loving couples will be blown away by incredible up-close wildlife encounters. The landscapes, beaches and sunsets are dreamy too. Small yacht cruises offer an intimate way to explore the archipelago in luxury. Hotel retreats on land have plenty to offer too for those looking for a more flexible honeymoon trip in an incredible setting.
Also check out our more detailed blog for heaps more ideas for your Galapagos honeymoon.
The Ecuadorian Andes tempt with breathtaking mountain scenery. Overnight at romantic, colonial-era haciendas that have welcomed notable guests for centuries. Meet the charming indian locals. Unwind at the hot spring resorts of Papallacta or Baños. Appreciate fine colonial culture in Cuenca or Quito. Or enjoy the countryside of Cotopaxi or Imbabura provinces, the options are endless.
The rainforest of Ecuador is a region where indigenous communities have created peaceful and secluded lodges immersed in mother nature. Check out Napo Wildlife Center or Sacha Lodge for first class accommodations, fine dining, and fun day trips to spot the flora and fauna of the Amazon. For an alternative experience try an Amazon cruise aboard a luxury ship, drifting slowly down the Napo River, taking in the scenery as you go.
For a more off the beaten path honeymoon spare a thought for Bolivia. South America’s most rural country destination, Bolivia also gives you more bang for your honeymoon buck, with cheaper accomodations and travel choices available.
Parque Nacional Noel Kemff is the largest park in the Amazon, spread out over more than 6000 square miles of land. Tours here take you into a pristine wilderness where 130 species of mammal, 620 species of birds, and 70 species of reptiles roam free and fly overhead. Day trips find travelers along scenic lagoons full of wildlife and at the bases of far off waterfalls that take the breath away. A nature lovers dream!
The town of Copacabana is nestled on the Bolivian shores of famous Lake Titicaca. Trips here give way to days exploring the lake’s islands, Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna. Follow hiking trails to indigenous villages where nearby Inca ruins are glimpses into another time. The town is a great base, as there is an interesting variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from, and a range of choices for lodging. Landscape photography opportunities are endless, for magical snaps of the happy couple.
The Uyuni Salt Flats and desert beyond have become one of South America’s iconic destinations. Jaw-dropping vistas and experiences await intrepid travelers. The surreal reflections from the waterlogged salt desert make for truly unique honeymooner photos. While the desert seclusion and exclusive lodging options like the hotel made out of salt make Uyuni a destination like no other.
The long finger that is Chile, stretching down the Pacific coast of South America, perhaps offers more variety of destinations than any other country in our list. From the mysterious northern desert, to stunning Patagonian wilderness, and everything from wineries to beaches in between. Chile is also one of South America's most developed nations, with great lodging options for a honeymoon in luxury.
Stretching over an area of 49,000-square-miles and filled with natural red rock formations and lunar landscapes, the Atacama Desert is a different world that needs to be experienced. San Pedro de Atacama makes a fine base, with resorts and elegant spas, fine dining, adventure tours and excursions to the see natural wonders of the desert. Atacama is also one of the very best sites in the world for romantic star gazing due to the lack of light pollution. Visit an observatory to notch it up a level, picking out constellations and planets.
Patagonia is an amazing playground for active and adventurous couples on honeymoon. Patagonia is a vast area to explore, so start off at Torres Del Paine National Park which gets our thumbs up for Patagonia's top scenery. At your disposal is one of the most pristine areas on the planet. There are so many options to take in, from high mountain lakes, to untouched glaciers, and amazing hiking trails through peak and valley. The park is dominated by the giant towers of stone that give the park its name. Luxury lodges easily arrange tours and have a long list of amenities including spas, fine food, and almost always incredible views.
Located on the coast close to capital city Santiago, Vina del Mar is full of activity, and wears many hats. Its beaches are great for enjoying the sun and surf. Parties and celebrations last well into the night, and there is a charm about the town that puts one at ease. The resort town boasts a group of international restaurants that make trying different places each night a must. Did we forget to mention that Viña del Mar also hosts one of Latin America’s most famous music festivals?
Located 1900km from the coast of Chile in the Polynesian Pacific, Easter Island should be on any South American honeymoon bucket list! The climate is pleasant throughout the year, and daily flights depart from Santiago. Of course the main attraction are the mysterious Moai statues scattered right across the island. While visitors can also enjoy volcanic landscapes, white sand beaches, Polynesian dance shows and barbeques at night. An Easter Island honeymoon definitely ticks the box as a unique destination with memories that will never fade.
Last but not least it's impossible to leave Argentina out of our South America honeymoon list. Famous the world over for fine wines, excellent cuisine, and sensual tango dancing, Argentina also boasts it’s fair share of wonderful travel destinations.
The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is a launching point into the natural wonders of Argentinian Patagonia. Tierra del Fuego National Park tempts the adventurous with hiking, sailing, skiing (in season), and kayaking. Or follow Charles Darwin’s route cruising the Beagle Channel. For wildlife lovers, head to Estancia Haberton and Isla Martillo to see the wonderful Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat.
Buenos Aires is arguably the most unmissable city in South America, where both culture and history pull visitors in. The capital city of Argentina is also world capital for tango dancing. Check out the sensual moves of professionals at a show, or even better take a class yourselves to learn the steps. The Buenos Aires nightlife is also famed, with ample bars and restaurants, and an ever-changing art and music scene in galleries and hip clubs. For foodies, Buenos Aires has you covered, with a crop of fine restaurants and trendsetting eateries, and perhaps the very finest beef cuts in the world.
Iguazu National Park is home to the magnificent Iguazu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and for good reason. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down at once, creating a stunning cauldron of water that is nothing short of amazing. To put Iguazu into perspective, the falls here are twice as high as Niagara, and nearly 3 times as wide. Luxury lodges and hotels inside the park have daily and evening tours to the falls, as well as visits to nearby indigenous communities, and excursions like rafting and helicopter rides. Visitors can also cross the border into Brazil to see the falls from the other side.
For wine lovers and connoisseurs don’t miss Mendoza, famous for Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more. Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine industry, accounting for almost two thirds of the country’s wine production. The region’s semi arid climate makes Mendoza a year round destination. What better way to spend a day than exploring the picturesque surrounding countryside stopping off at wineries along the way. The city of Mendoza is also a wonderfully laid back place to wind down for a few days together.
South America honeymoons are romantic adventures that divide your time between relaxing , enjoying the surroundings, and actively exploring the landscapes, cultures, and wildlife that make the continent unique. Happy Gringo specialize in custom-made travel itineraries – for more information about planning a South America honeymoon that leaves you spellbound, contact a member of our team.
In conclusion, the vast continent of South America has all of the ingredients for a spell-binding honeymoon. The perfect concoction of romance, passion and adventure for lovers and newly weds. A south america honeymoon combines nature, culture, history, picturesque landscapes, and much more. So take the plunge, and once the rings are safely on your fingers, jump on a plane to South America. Spectacular photos and unforgettable memories will last a lifetime!