I told you I would work my way around the world right?
Today, we head for the best honeymoon offerings in South and Central America. These are still very traditional honeymoons, so expect beaches and cities!
More unusual offerings from South America tomorrow!
Technically, Mexico is part of North America, but it sat so nicely with the Central American destinations that I bent the rules a little. Probably the most famous tourist destination in Mexico, Cancun has it all. Beaches? Check. Year-round sunshine? Check. Shopping? Check. Relaxation? Check. Watersports? Check. Pyramids. Check – well, of the Mayan variety. Cancun is a tailor-made honeymoon without the tailor-made price. Head to Cancun for beautiful beaches, Mayan history and for a resort that knows exactly how to treat a couple on their honeymoon!
Perhaps not a famous as the Caribbean, but offering the same quality of destination, Belize is a place to seriously consider. Offering both mainland and island stays, Belieze is probably most famous for the Great Blue Hole. Belize offers tremendous scuba diving experiences, azure blue oceans and sparkling white beaches alongside jungle adventures. Head to Belize for that Caribbean feel without the Caribbean price tag.
3. Costa Rica
Luscious rainforests, white sandy beaches and 5* accommodations: Costa Rica offers the same benefits as the Caribbean Islands. With one major advantage… Zip line safari! Clip yourself into the line and whizz through the treetops. Surfing, white water rafting, climbing and quad biking (ATV) are also available for adrenaline junkies. Or for a more relaxing trip, try one of the many golf clubs or spas. Head to Costa Rica for an adventure. High adrenaline or high relaxation, it’s your honeymoon; it’s your choice!
4. Rio de Janeiro
Host of the 2016 Olympics, this city is gaining a lot of travel press. Head to Sugarloaf Mountain, see Christ the Redeemer, dance in the Carnival. You can’t help but have fun in Rio! Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Rio offers the best of both a city break and a beach holiday. Beaches are known across the world – from the Ipanema to the Copacabana! Head to Rio for culture, for luxury, for fun!
5. Iguassu Falls (Iguazu/Iguazú/Iguaçu)
I’m going to be completely honest here, I have had an obsession with going to Iguassu Falls since my parents bought an atlas in 1996: Iguassu is on the front cover, and even in a picture it draws me in! Don’t do Iguassu Falls in a day trip, stay at one of the nearby lodges and experience the rainforest too! Approach Iguassu from either the Brazilian or Argentinian side: see the perpetual rainbow, travel to the foot of the falls by speedboat, peer over the top from on of the wooden walkways, and head back to your lodge for log fires and candlelit dinners. Head to Iguassu for natural wonders, and ancient jungle with all the mod cons!
6. Buenos Aires
Why do couples head to Buenos Aires for their honeymoon? The seduction of the Tango. Learn the Argentine Tango during professional lessons, dine on street food or in world class restaurants, and even head to the World’s first (apparently wonderfully surreal) religious theme park. OK, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but the city does promise it has something for everyone. Head to Buenos Aires to start you married life off in seductive style.
7. Trinidad and Tobago
Officially in South America, these islands are the birthplace of calypso music and limbo dancing. With the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere: so glorious that David Attenborough filmed part of this ‘Trial of Life’ series in the Little Tobago Seabird Sanctuary, Trinidad and Tobago offer luscious green backdrops to stunning nature hikes. Famed for its coral reefs – scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular daytime activities. At night, the only place to go is to “Sunday School”; a huge Sunday night street party pulsing with soca rhythms, street food stalls and street gambling! Head to Trinidad and Tobago for relaxation in the day, and parties throughout the night.
Salvador is perhaps better known within Brazil as capital of happiness due it’s countless outdoor parties and street carnivals. The city is worth a visit for its cuisine, music and architecture. A strong African influence makes Salvador is very different to Rio! Head to Salvador for exciting night life, delicious food, and for a city honeymoon with a difference.
9. Angel Falls, Venezuela
There is something to be said about the majesty of a waterfall. And this one makes a statement. At nearly a 100om free fall, Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world. Chances are, you won’t stay near Angel Falls, but have to trek through Canaima National Park by foot, river or air (I’d suggest the helicopter tours – it is your honeymoon after all!) Head to Venezuela’s Angel Falls if you like trekking, unusual flora and fauna, or you have an unhealthy obsession with the film Up – the fictional Paradise Falls is based on Angel Falls. 10. Galapagos Islands
Originally the center of the Quechua culture in the Andes, Cusco is now a bustling city where the indigenous population and tourists mingle effortlessly. Spanish colonial buildings were erected directly atop the Incan wall lines – creating visual layers of history. The city is surrounded by a number of Incan ruins – the most impressive of these being Saksaywaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro’s men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Head to Cusco for Spanish charm, up-close history and markets galore.
Bonus: The Galapagos Islands are meant to be a fantastic spot for a honeymoon – cruise around the islands teeming with wildlife. Just make sure you book the right cruise – some only offer 8 berth cabins!
Is your perfect honeymoon in South America? Where would you go? Let me know in the comments below.