Best honeymoon destinations are those which are secluded, exclusive, and resplendent in natural grandeur. Some may also prefer places rich in history, culture, and architecture which bring out the warmth of discovering new experiences together. If you are planning to celebrate the beginning of married life with something idyllic, unique and exotic, then the vast continent of South America offers several such romantic destinations that would also fit your budget.
Read on for an eclectic mix of adventure and exotic, the 10 hot destinations and vacation ideas in South America which are suitable for couple travel:
Best honeymoon destinations in South America
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu located in the Cusco region of Peru is the South America’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famed site of the ancient civilization of the Incas is atop the mountains ridge above the Urubamba river valley. Walk the Inca Trail to enjoy the archeological site hidden in the Andes Mountains and discovered only in 1911. An adventurous romantic walk along the Urubamba River with your loved one will leave you with a wonderful memory of this exotic location. While staying at the city of Cusco, you must visit the Qoricancha palace and the church of Santo Domingo flanking the Plaza de Armas.
Cartagena is a gorgeous charming port city on Colombia’s northern Caribbean coast. It is the most romantic and safest place for couple travel in South America. The historic Old Town has the charm of the colonial past with narrow cobbled street which is worth a walk. It has horse drawn carriages, old cathedrals, and is full of the colorful colonial architecture of colorful buildings having wooden balconies. Roadside cafes offer the best pastries and the people are very friendly. Spend your time visiting the old Spanish forts of San Felipe de Barajas Castle or explore the picturesque beaches. It is also renowned for designer outfits, jewelry, and handicrafts. Do not miss the Plaza Santo Domingo. All these make Cartagena a popular stop over harbor for cruise ships.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the Tango, and the city is as romantic and captivatingly seductive; just the right destination for a honeymooning couple travel. It has a vibrant nightlife and you can watch professional dancers perform the Tango. Visit Cafe Tortoni, city’s oldest bar established in 1858; Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with 2,500 seats; Casa Rosada, the iconic balconies presidential palace, and many other historical spots. You also get to roam through miles of the silver sandy beaches.
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Suriname is a small sovereign state of South America, sharing borders with French Guiana, Guyana, and Brazil. Suriname has a rich cultural and architectural heritage as well as pristine natural treasures. Visit the Suriname Nature Reserve, Brownsburg Nature Park or Voltzberg Nature Reserve and see the Amazonian rainforest to spot exotic birds and animals. Famous for its fabulous cuisine, other attractions of Suriname include Arapaho Island, Coppename River, Nickerie River, Raleigh Falls, Blanche Marie Falls, Tafelberg Mountains and much more. Honeymooning couple from India would be pleasantly surprised to find that Suriname has a good proportion of Hindi speaking Hindu population. Visit the Hindu Arya Dewaker Temple for blessings for a long happy married life.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If you have only seen pictures of Christ- the Redeemer statue; now is the time to see it live. Rio de Janeiro also has spectacular beaches like the twin beaches of Copacabana Beach and the Ipanema Beach, which you must have seen as the most popular pictures in wallpapers. Other attractions include Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, National Library of Brazil, Municipal Theatre, Santa Teresa Tram, Rio – Niteroi Bridge. No wonder the city was host to the 2016 Olympics. Rio de Janeiro is the original city of carnivals and fun and is considered one of the most romantic places in the world and worthy of your cherished Honeymoon destination.
Easter Island, Chile
This far off the island on the southeast Pacific is just 24 km long and provides just the much sought after proximity and privacy among the best travel destinations for honeymooning couple. This tropical island is also called Rapa Nui and is the most alluring and exotic place on earth. This was the center of Polynesian culture. There are several ancient and much-acclaimed moai statues in the island. These ancient statues of the human face are monolithic and carved out of single pieces of stone. Around thousand of such statues are scattered around this little island and are on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. You can also enjoy the white sand beaches, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling in the Island.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are unique pristine and one of the last unspoilt places in the world. A veritable paradise of Eden for the honeymooners, it has 19 islands and many islets. Located about 600 km off the coast of Ecuador, it is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can see the most exquisite land and sea wildlife at close range, including their mating rituals and feel romantic to the core. It inspired Darwin in his Theory of Evolution. It also has miles of silvery beach and blue clear water all around. To get to this most exquisite place on earth, you will have to book much in advance.
If you are looking for a relaxed, rather than an adventurous trip, then Mendoza is the ideal place among the best travel destinations. You can stroll through miles of more than thousands of vineyards, for which it is best known. You can spend hours of togetherness in the wonderful countryside sipping the famous Malbecs wines. If you wish to put a bit more adrenaline in your life, you can go skiing, rafting, climbing or hiking too.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina
Iguazu Falls, also known as Iguassu Falls and Iguaçu Falls, are on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Renowned as one of the spectacular natural wonders of the world, it plunges 270 feet down and stretches about 3 km in width. This makes it taller and wider than the Niagara Falls. It is on the river Iguazu, in the famous Iguazu National Park which has 275 waterfalls that are surrounded by the tropical jungle full of brightly colored parrots and butterflies, howler monkeys, anteaters, ocelots and even jaguars. This amazing destination has been featured in several movies too. The two main towns on either side of the falls are, Puerto Iguazú in Argentina and Foz does Iguaçu in Brazil. The falls are jointly owned by Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil).
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
If you are looking for beautiful and yet peaceful, and secluded beaches for your honeymoon; then Punta Del Este is a perfect choice. Known as “the Pearl of Uruguay”, this is one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in South America for visitors of all ages and nationalities. It is a resort city on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay on the Atlantic coast. It derives its name from the plentiful amount of sand, woodlands and rocks found here.This 20 square kilometer area has good resorts, restaurants, and rich vibrant nightlife. The calm and relaxed atmosphere is perfect for honeymooners. Its Brava Beach is known for the famous giant sculpture of five human fingers, “The Hand on the Sand”. Mansa Beach has calm, shallow waters. You can also shop for local handicrafts at Plaza Artigas. The 19th-century lighthouse on the southern end has a viewing platform. From here, you can also visit the capital city Montevideo which is just 130 kilometers away, or Colonia del Sacramento, a charming historic town.
All these 10 best travel destinations have been chosen carefully to provide you a memorable venue for the best time in your life. The fact that these destinations will also enable you to visit several more nearby places is like icing on the honeymoon cake.