South America hosts some of the world’s most romantic resorts as well as some of the greatest natural treasures, such as the famous Machu Picchu and the Iguazu Waterfalls. What better way to start your life together than by combining romance with adventure in this tropical continent!
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
A truly unmatched romantic experience is visiting the miraculous Iguazu Waterfalls in Puerto Iguazu. Take in the breath-taking beauty of the 275 waterfalls that make up the largest waterfall system in the world, which is significantly taller and twice as wide as Niagara Falls.
Treat yourself to a bird’s eye view of the waterfalls by helicopter or take a relaxing 4.5km hike through Sendero Macuco, immersing yourself in the wildlife. Catch a glimpse of the brown capuchin monkeys and bright toco toucans!
Situated inside Iguazu Park, Gran Melia Iguazu is the perfect 5-star hotel for a luxurious honeymoon retreat. Wake up to a stunning view of either the waterfalls or the jungle on your private balcony and relax in the glorious spa facilities. Rated 9.9 out of 10 for a two-person trip by visitors, you’re guaranteed to have the dreamiest honeymoon.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The captivating clear waters of Fernando de Noronha makes for a perfect paradise destination for your honeymoon. Located in the Archipelago of Brazil, the island attracts divers from all over the world due to the fabulous sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and whales. With scenic walks, water activities including scuba diving and snorkelling, the tours and spas, you will have an impeccable stay on this tropical island.
Stay at the lavish Pousada Maravilha for top-class service and luxurious features including an infinity pool, panoramic sea views and a sauna. Perfect for couples, some units include a Japanese style hot tub and a balcony with a hammock and Fernando de Noronha’s Sueste beach is only 50 yards away!
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Make your honeymoon unforgettable at the Galapagos Islands in the Archipelago of Ecuador where you’ll see a variety of rare wildlife and plant species, many of which can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
This island is famously known for being a source of Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his theory of evolution, from when he visited in 1835 and explored the fascinating creatures that live there. Book a boat or cruise to watch the iconic giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, and sea cucumbers during this once in a lifetime experience!
Adventuring during the day calls for relaxation at night, so make sure you book one of the open and sea-life inspired suites at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. Reserve a romantic candle-lit dinner at the outdoor area of the hotel restaurant with your new spouse, relax in the hotel’s hot tub or swimming pool and engage in the range of activities on offer at this stunning accommodation.
Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru
Tick the famous Machu Picchu off your bucket list for your honeymoon as you explore the Andes Mountains in Peru. Built above the Urubamba River valley in the 15th century, this is a great destination to experience unique culture and history.
The iconic attraction can be accessed by train from the town of Cusco, followed by a round-trip of the sights. Unknown to many, it is possible to visit the ruins for free by foot, but it takes about 90 minutes and is extremely tiring so prepare yourself!
Also make sure to visit the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, which is an excellent museum that visitors are often unaware of. Since the attraction itself doesn’t offer much information, visit this hidden treasure for just £6 entry, to give you a better insight into the history of Machu Picchu.
Stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge which is the gateway accommodation to Machu Picchu, just a 10-minute walk away. With a botanical vibe and a mountain landscape view from your window, this is the perfect romantic setting.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Visit the incredible salt flat in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, which is the largest in the world! Discover the picturesque legacy of an ancient lake that went dry, resulting in a beautiful landscape of white salt and rocks. The pink flamingos that live there won’t be hard to spot in this pristine location.
Take in the natural beauty of your surroundings and stay at the flawless Hotel Palacio de Sal. Built out of salt bricks, designed with salt furniture and gorgeously lit, this unique hotel is one that you won’t experience anywhere else! Famed for its great location and stunning features, this luxurious hotel provides exceptional sunset views for a romantic evening.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World by tourists, the Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile offers stunning views of soaring mountains and icebergs.
The attraction was first visited by outsiders in 1880 by Scottish writer, Lady Florence Dixie and her party, who described one of the most unique rock formations as “Cleopatra’s needles”. Spot the famous three granite towers from the reference as well as the Cuernos del Paine.
With all-inclusive packages and deluxe spa facilities, enjoy the gorgeous landscape from Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa. Located near Sarmiento Lake on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll have so much to do including tours and excursions, while relaxing in front of the perfect landscape for your romantic honeymoon.