Full of romantic lodges and remote beauty, South America is a spectacular choice for an unusual honeymoon. Combine sugary beaches in Brazil with epic hiking in Peru, watch the stars come out over the Atacama or swim with sea lions in the cool waters of the Galapagos. Walk hand in hand along Copacabana beach, sip local red wine in the vineyards of Mendoza and watch the sunrise over the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

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We’ve put together our favourite romantic South America honeymoons – soon you’ll be strolling hand in hand along the beaches of Colombia, looking for jaguars in the Pantanal or sipping a cocktail under a pink Peruvian sunset.

1. Gaze over Machu Picchu in Peru

Let this boutique Peru honeymoon introduce you to this fascinating country; from the capital of Lima to the Amazon, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu to the glorious Pacific coast beaches – with gorgeous, boutique stays throughout. You’ll begin in Lima with a guided city tour by bike, to learn about this interesting city.

Next, you’ll fly to Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon for a 3-night stay in the rainforest. Deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle lies the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. This thatched lodge is one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, and we can see why. Cosy rooms jut out on stilts, so it feels like you are sleeping amongst the forest while winding paths lead through the property to rustic lounge with a huge vaulted roof. Nighttime walks along the trails will reveal an abundance of wildlife right at your fingertips.

Watch Amazon sunsets from your balcony | Photo credit: Inkaterra

Next, you’ll fly to Cusco, to explore the Inca heritage of the Sacred Valley and pay a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu. After this, head to Puno, on the shore of the world’s highest lake – Lake Titicaca for another luxury stay, then make your way over to the Pacific coast. Enjoy a relaxing 5-day beach break, tucked away on one of Peru’s best-kept secret beaches. Discover Peru from top to bottom in boutique comfort on this honeymoon that combines wildlife and wonder in equal measure.

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2. Feel the spray from Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Make a journey through some of South America’s most captivating cities and natural wonders on this Brazil and Argentina honeymoon. Begin in Buenos Aires with a stay in Faena, Puerto Madero – one of the capital’s most stylish hotels. Explore the city’s splendid architecture, shop in designer boutiques and enjoy fine dining, before catching a world-class live tango show.

Next, we’ll fly you up to the border between Argentina and Brazil for a secluded, luxury villa stay and an incredible helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls. You’ll be staying at the LOI Suites, a beautiful little hotel in the Iryapu jungle, with turquoise pools to relax in and wooden bridges through the forest connecting the rooms.

Visit the incredible cascades of Iguazu Falls | Travel Nation

From here, you’ll fly up to Rio where samba rhythms, beach life and friendly locals create an intoxicating cocktail of thrilling experiences. Why not take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain or visit the charming hilltop district of Santa Teresa, with its village-like vibe. It’s home to steep, winding streets lined with elegant mansions, quirky cocktail bars and romantic restaurants with views over the bay.

Finally, we’ll whisk you up the coast for a boutique stay in the upmarket coastal resort of Buzios, for a few days of blissful unwinding to end this memorable honeymoon adventure. You’ll finish your spectacular honeymoon at Vila da Santa - a delightful and romantic boutique hotel combining Mediterranean inspiration with traditional Buzios style. Nestled in the historical heart of Buzios with direct access to beautiful Ossos Beach, it’s filled with beautiful artworks, accumulated by the owners from decades of worldwide travel.

Rio is guarded by a statue of Christ the Redeemer

3. Admire the Moai statues on Easter Island in Chile

This Chile honeymoon comes packed with dramatic landscapes, exceptional hotels and unforgettable experiences from start to finish. Begin with some relaxation in the quaint and colourful, hillside beach town of Valparaiso. Next, you’ll head into the wine region and spend two nights on a pretty boutique hotel amongst the wineries, where you enjoy how terroir influences wine at a tasting.

Next, you'll make the journey to the Easter Island, cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean and populated by remarkable, carved stone Moai statues. Spend a few nights here in a beautiful shoreline hotel with a private balcony. On your final evening on the island, you’ll be driven to the important archaeological site and ceremonial complex of Ahu Tahai, where three statues have been carefully restored. From your vantage point here, you’ll be able to catch a breathtaking sunset, framed by the ancient Moai sculptures – a once-in-a-lifetime memory. 

Take a flight to Easter Island and discover the mystical Moai heads

Returning to Santiago, we’ve included a night in a boutique hotel to explore the Chilean capital before flying to the Chilean Lake District for a 7-day self-drive. While exploring this scenic region of mountains and lakes, you’ll stay at some of our favourite hotels including the log-cabin-treehouse hybrid in Huilo Huilo bio-reserve, and the divine Hacienda Vira Vira. 

Set along the shores of Liucura River in the Pucón region of the Chilean Lake District, Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel has raised the bar in luxury accommodation. It offers an idyllic retreat amidst the dream-like green vistas and snow-capped volcanoes of this beautiful area of Chile. Pucón has been attracting visitors seeking full immersion in nature for years and, now, Vira Vira perfectly blends adventure with luxury. If you’re looking for an extraordinary honeymoon, this Chile holiday combines rugged wilderness, colourful cities and distinct cultures with the luxury and comfort you need to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

The beautiful setting of Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel: Credit Vira Vira Hacienda | Travel Nation

4. Dance the samba in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

Our Brazil honeymoon includes all the extra touches you’d expect for a special holiday; hand-picked, romantic, boutique hotels and stays beside some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. First, we’ll whisk you away for a few days in Rio for sightseeing and iconic city break with a few days to explore or unwind. Rio de Janeiro is world-renowned for its breath-taking landscapes and location, nestled between lush, green mountains and beautiful seas. The city is full of energy and rhythm and the locals, Cariocas, are known for their carefree spirit and charm.

Next, we’ll take you along the coast to the beach town of Buzios for some downtime. Buzios was ‘discovered’ by the world beyond Brazil in the 1960s after a visit by French iconic actress Brigitte Bardot. Nowadays, the peninsula has become a popular destination with the international jet-set but still retains much of the charm of its origin as a fishing village. There are plenty of secluded beaches and spots for a romantic getaway.

Ride the Sugarloaf cable car in Rio | Travel Nation

For more beach fun, you’ll head to the charming fishing village of Trancoso in northeastern Brazil, on a beautiful old coconut plantation. You’ll be staying at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, whose rooms are comprised of ten unique houses which blend seamlessly into this historic village on Brazil’s idyllic southern Bahian coast. The design blends rustic elements with contemporary comfort and style and fuses indoor and outdoor living spaces to take advantage of the year-round, tropical climate. Finish a little way along the coast in Corumbau, where you can explore the deserted beaches, by bike or on horseback, kayak through the mangroves or look for humpback whales in the Abrolhos archipelago (between July and November).

At the end of your trip, you can leave in style, with the included helicopter transfer back to the airport! This honeymoon guarantees the privacy and seclusion you’re looking for after your big day, and an opportunity to relax in comfort in beautiful, boutique hotels that specialise in understated luxury.

Walk to secluded beaches in Buzios | Travel Nation

5. Sail through the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

If you’re after a different kind of honeymoon, then a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Peru could be for you. You’ll spend the first week in mystical Peru visiting Machu Picchu and staying a few days either side in cosmopolitan Lima and culture-rich Cusco. Start with a cycling trip through Lima, tasting Peru’s best dishes and learning about one of the world’s finest gastronomic destinations. In Cusco, you’ll make your own coffee and chocolate, as well as sampling different kinds of pisco, Peru’s most famous tipple. Take the train up to Machu Picchu, where your guide will take you on a tour of these incredible ruins as well as having plenty of time to explore just the two of you.

Spot sea lions from a Galapagos Islands cruise | Travel Nation

You’ll then spend a couple of days in Quito, a jewel of colonial heritage, before flying the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s top wildlife hotspots. You’ll explore these enchanting islands aboard Top III, an exclusive yacht with 10 just spacious ensuite cabins. Between wildlife-spotting adventures, you can relax out on the sun deck with a drink from the top-notch bar. The crew of 8 will assist you throughout your trip, making sure you have an unforgettable experience, while the certified naturalist guide will lead all your wildlife excursions.

During the cruise, you’ll set off on a mixture of land and snorkelling tours, bringing you the best of these enchanting islands. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with turtles, walk along lava beds and explore submerged volcanoes. If you’re looking for something epic, this Machu Picchu and Galapagos honeymoon will tick all the boxes and more.

Explore Machu Picchu on an unforgettable honeymoon | Travel Nation

Looking to plan a South America honeymoon?

If you would like to plan your honeymoon, or even just a relaxing and romantic trip to South America, give us a call on +44 1273320580 or request a quote. We are experts in planning tailor-made holidays and round the world flights, so we can work together with you until we’ve created your perfect trip.

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