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Best Romantic Vacations in South America

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Feb 14, 2013


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Last updated on January 15th, 2021 at 05:51 am

The Best Romantic Vacation Itineraries

South America has some of the most romantic destinations in the world, ideal for those seeking a unique honeymoon or getaway different from the typical resort stay. Whether you want to lounge amidst the palm trees of the Carribbean or wake to the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest, South America has it all. Here are some of our favorite romantic honeymoon destinations in South America. 

Romantic Beach Getaways

Lencois Maranhenses – Brazil

Lencois' unique sand dune pools in desert

This is the trip to take if you are looking for some relaxing beach time without the crowds of a typical resort. The beaches on the north-eastern coast of Brazil are truly unique, with their vast white sand dunes and seasonal rainwater lagoons. From the fishing village of Jericoacoara with its hammocks swaying in the sea, to the National Park Lencois Maranhenses with its lagoons nestled in between the dunes. You simply cannot go wrong in Lencois Maranhenses. 

Rosario Islands – Colombia

palm trees rosario islands

Imagine: swaying palms, white sand, and the warm, turquoise sea. Factor in the atmospheric, colonial towns and vivacious locals, and you’ve got a destination that really has it all for a romantic getaway. Colombia benefits from a postcard-perfect, Caribbean coastline, dotted with idyllic, tropical islands.

A trip to the Rosario Islands is one of the most romantic Caribbean vacations, located just off the North Coast of Colombia on the famed crystal-blue waters. It offers swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing and sunset beach-walks that make the experience truly romantic.

Colonial Cartagena – Colombia

View of colonial fort and city in background in Cartagena

For those that can get out of their hammocks, Colombia has a lot to offer in the way of culture. The old city of Cartagena is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved cities in South America and a staple romantic Caribbean getaway. The romantic, colonial streets of this walled city can be toured in a horse-drawn carriage. Or, if dancing is the way to your partner’s heart, consider a Salsa show or private lesson. With direct flights from JFK, Cartagena is an easy destination for those traveling from the East Coast! 

Romantic Adventure Vacations

Amazon Lodge Tour

floating home in the amazon

If there is one thing South America is famous for, it’s the biodiverse Amazon Jungle. For most romantic getaway itineraries, being surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes is a must on many people’s wish lists. Maybe you’ve always wanted to spot pink river dolphins or meet an indigenous tribe to learn about their culture. Or perhaps you’ve wanted to trek through dense jungle, spotting rare flora and fauna all around. No matter your interests, an Amazon Lodge tour has it all.

Amazon River cruise

A particular recommendation for romantic types is an Amazon River cruise. There you can relax and watch the incredible scenery pass by with a glass of quality South American wine in hand. You’ll meet all kinds of new animals and will wake up to the calls of tropical birds.

Las Leñas skiing – Argentina

Here’s one that might really surprise you: South American romantic getaways include snuggling up in front of a log fire after an exhilarating day on the slopes. Head to Argentina, where the Andes mountains offer some top-class skiing, and a ski-season that Las Leñas offers picturesque peaks and plentiful white powder, said to be the best in Argentina. To sum up, for active romantics, you’ll appreciate the chance to spend your days enjoying the fresh mountain air and magnificent views, and the evenings mixing with Argentina’s elite, who also holiday here.

Snow in Bariloche – Argentina

Beautiful resort in winter

Alternatively, the pretty town of Bariloche on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi offers a different experience: the town is famous for it’s chocolate and a 10-day festival in August in celebration of… snow! The best time to visit would be winter time which is July-September. Bariloche is also a more affordable option, especially if you’re thinking of seeing more of Argentina.

Exploring Patagonia – Chile and Argentina

dolphins jumping in the water

For the adventurous couple, consider a romantic getaway surrounded by wild landscapes. Patagonia, located in the southern-most end of South America, and shared by Chile and Argentina, is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can choose between a variety of activities, including hiking, kayaking, horseback riding or even fishing. Whether you’re taking a luxury Patagonian cruise through the stunning fjords of Chile or lounging in a rustic lodge or yurt amidst the forests and wildlife, you’re guaranteed a romantic getaway in Patagonia! 

Romantic Cultural Getaways

Inca Empire sites – Peru

Shot of courtyard of temple of the sun

Peru is world-famous for its extensive archaeological sites, from the ancient Inca empire to the revered Spanish colonists. For couples curious about learning Peruvian culture and immersing themselves in beautifully preserved sites, a trip to the once capital of the Incas, Cusco, is a must.  Famed for its Spanish colonial architecture and proximity to natural wonders, including Rainbow Mountain and the Lares Trek, Cusco is ideal for mixing both culture and adventure. Nearby, venture into the Sacred Valley and see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.

European flair in Buenos Aires – Argentina

Since you’re looking for romance, you’d be wise not to miss out on one of the world’s most passionate dances: the tango. As the world capital of tango, Buenos Aires is the place to learn and impress your partner with your moves on the dance floor! Or, enjoy a candle-lit dinner to an unbeatable show of professional tango dancers. Outside the dance hall, Buenos Aires is full of cobblestone streets with European architecture, historical museums, and one of the world’s best opera theaters. Visitors will have plenty of activities on offer while exploring the Argentine capital. Additionally, the city is world-famous for its cuisine, from traditional steak BBQ, Argentine pizza, and its exquisite selection of wines. This city of romance and passion is the perfect starting point for your honeymoon tour or romantic getaway.

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