Top Unusual Honeymoon Destinations: South America

Today is dedicated to those unusual ideas for honeymoons in South America.

Reading through what I have written, there is a lot of jungle, a lot of wildlife and a lot of history.

These, as far as I am concerned would all be pretty epic honeymoons. And one day, I will get to do them all. First, I must win the lottery.

1. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Image Credit: Dennis Jarvis

This was actually one of our top choices for our honeymoon. But we decided that we don’t want to trek – and to be honest, I don’t really want to spend my entire honeymoon sleeping in a tent. Now that I have put you off, let’s build it back up again! There is no other South American archeological site comes close in terms of visitor numbers – so much so that passes are limited. If you are heading to Machu Picchu, then you get the bonus of Cusco – in my Top South American Honeymoon destinations. Most treks and tours start from the city of Cusco, which in it’s own right is an architectural wonder. At almost 8,000ft above sea level, the Trek is not going to be an easy one. The trail is approximately 26 miles long (or one marathon) but with the altitude, it is one serious trek. Most tours take 8+ days to travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back. But the highlights they offer – from jungle to other ancient sites – are like none other. Head to Machu Picchu if you like to walk, love history, are happy to stay in a tent, and can get a pass (Only 200 a day for the treks!)

2. Amazon River Trek

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Image Credit: Travpacker.com

What would be better than seeing the Amazon River – with all it’s exotic plant and animal life – from your own kayak? Glide silently through the wilderness, surrounded by this ancient jungle. Hit the rapids, and spot alligators. Relax into the flow of the river. OK, they do cruises too, where you get your own bed inside the boat, and there is no chance of falling out, but where is the fun in that?! Most riverboat cruises offer daily land excursions too, and all onboard food is cooked the local way! I have been reliably informed that this is the best thing you can do in South America. Head to the Amazon for relaxation, excitement, and pink dolphins.

3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Image Credit: Patrick Nouhailler

The largest salt flat in the world – known also as a photographer’s paradise. The dry season offers an endless horizon as you travel the flats, and the rainy season offers a continuous reflective surface. Further, the lakes towards the south-west of the flat as fluorescent-coloured due to their different minerals from the surrounding mountain run-off. Tours across the salt flats are usually 3-4 days, conducted in groups of 6 or 7 people. Accomodation will be provided, but is likely to be very basic. Avoid tours that offer a night in one of the salt hotels – as these are illegal. Head to Salar de Uyuni for a location that looks and feels out of this world.

4. Falkland Islands

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Image Credit: Liam Quinn

Honeymoon probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear the words “Falkland Islands”. But I’m here to change your mind! White sandy beaches, clear blue waters, winter sun, penguins. That’s a honeymoon right there! The Falklands is a perfect destination, especially if you marry in the winter months. The Falklands offer relaxing activities including wildlife and bird watching, and golfing. And more exciting activities including various watersports, and shooting. Head to the Falkland Islands for an unusual location, a place to escape from the world and penguins. Don’t forget the penguins.

5. Easter Island

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Image Credit: Mayumi Ishikawa

Owned by Chile, Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) is best known for its 887 Moai statues (the giant heads), Easter Island is a unique, mesmerising and soul-capturing place. There aren’t a huge amount of things to do on Easter Island – basically; it is just the stone heads and quite a barren volcanic landscape. But the best way to get there is from Tahiti – and that is a definite bonus (I’ll be writing about Tahiti in a few days time!) It’s probably more of a honeymoon spin-off, or a duel location honeymoon spot! Head to Easter Island for the iconic heads, and because you want to go to Tahiti.

Tomorrow I am hoping to start my top honeymoons in Asia…. But there seems to be a lot more than I expected, so it may well be in 2 or more parts!

Merry reading!

Have I missed your ideal South American honeymoon? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep wandering,

S x

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