South America is known for its diverse landscapes that are mostly intertwined with its long history. The stunning scenery, that are mostly not at all alike, gives couples so much to choose from on where to go for their post-wedding holiday.

The continent is known for its vibrant cities, island beaches, lush vineyards, and otherworldly salt flats. If you don’t know where to go yet, here are some of the most incredible honeymoon destinations in South America.

10 Stunning Honeymoon Destinations In South America

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1. Arequipa, Peru

El Misti, Arequipa

Arequipa is among the top honeymoon destinations in South America mainly because it has a little bit for everything couples could ask for.

From its distinct cuisine abs culture, a fascinating history reflected in places like Plaza de Armas and Santa Catalina Monastery, and views of the stratovolcano El Mistin.

Another reason why Arequipa is a top honeymoon destination is its proximity to Colca Canyon, known as the home of the mystical Andean condor as well as its many hot springs.

2. Baia do Sancho, Brazil

Baía do Sancho

Couples who simply cannot imagine their honeymoon without the sand, sea, and sun will love the Baia di Sancho in Brazil.

Located on the small island of Fernando de Noronha archipelago, it is often ranked as among the best beaches in the world.

Baia do Sancho is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in South America.

With its emerald waters, stunning scenery, and thriving wildlife, Baia do Sancho is more than just a beach holiday with your loved one.

It starts with accessing the island, where couples have to climb a ladder and walk a but it’s worth it though because staying in Baia do Sancho is bound to be memorable.

3. Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche

Located in northern Argentina Patagonia, Bariloche is nicknamed the “Switzerland of Argentina” for its snow-capped peaks, lake views, and Swiss-style buildings.

Situated on the banks of the quaint Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche is the ideal place for honeymooners who like the feel of an old city and the romantic scenery of the countryside.

The Bariloche town center is compact and easy to navigate, perfect for early morning or late afternoon walks. It is also home to the best chocolate and ice cream shops in Argentina, so don’t forget to stop by and indulge.

Honeymooners who want to explore the area can do so via hiking, kayaking, or joining other outdoor activities in the country’s oldest national park, the Argentina Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

As the day ends couples van also rent a car to drive along the Ruta de Los Siete Lagos, which goes past the lakes and around snow-capped mountains.

4. Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena
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Known for its castles, colorful buildings, pristine beaches, and its rich heritage, Cartagena is slowly becoming one of the top honeymoon destinations in South America.

The sultry vibe, its scenic coastal location, and the distinct mix of the romantic Caribbean and European flair make this port city even more inviting.

Set out early and hold hands as you and your partner stroll through the oddly romantic Old Town and Getsemani neighborhoods, where you’ll find bougainvillea and jacaranda flowers everywhere,

Enjoy breakfast or snacks from street vendors, or pack them for a brunch picnic at the beach.

There are also nearby island beaches that are perfect for a day trip. In the evening, dress up and share a hearty dinner- from ceviche to Camarones al Ajillo.

5. Cusco, Peru

Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Widely known as the ‘Archaeological’ Capital of the Americas; the city of Cusco in Peru provides one of a kind honeymoon setting.

One does not even have to be a culture or history buff to appreciate the allure of this city.

From its ancient Andean heritage seen in its charming plazas and stunning architecture, to the gorgeous mountains surrounding the city, honeymooners will easily find things to love about Cusco.

Stay at the historic Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, which has quaint colonial-era balconies that are ideal for watching the sunsets and enjoying some cocktails.

Cusco is also just an hour and twenty-five minutes away from the  Sacred Valley.

Here, couples can visit the Inca Ruins, the Ollantaytambo Ruins and for the truly brave- stay in one of those sky lodges hanging off towering cliffs.

6. Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island

At 3686 km from the mainland, being on Easter Island feels like leaving Chile and the rest of South America and going into another world.

this little volcanic island in the middle of nowhere is the ideal gateway for couples who want privacy in a beautiful setting.

The Easter Island is known not only for its stunning coastline and grand hotels, it also retains a mystical vibe because of the almost 900 moai or ancient monumental stone statues found throughout the island.

Rent a bike and explore it with your partner. You may also simply relax on the beach while drinking passion fruit juice or enjoying a picnic of fresh seafood dishes.

Since Easter Island is still untouched by mass tourism, it is one of the best honeymoon destinations in South America.

7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Praia de Ipanema Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is known for its rich culture, friendly people, magnificent views, the enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer, and home to one of the most spectacular carnivals in the world.

These are also among the reason why the city remains to be one of the top honeymoon destinations in South America.

Couples who love to enjoy a bit of everything will love it in Rio- from hiking to enjoying the beaches to soaking up local culture and enjoying the food.

Hike up the Corcovado, or take the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain for scenic views of the city. Stroll along Copacobana or Ipanema beaches with your loved one and see why they inspired songs.

Taste local dishes like feijoada, a hearty stew of beans, meat, and veggies. And if you and your partner are up for some dancing, learn how to samba.

8. Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

Luján de Cuyo

With over 900 wineries and its location by the majestic Andes mountains, the countryside around the city of Mendoza is one of the best honeymoon destinations in South America.

The Lujan de Cuyo just outside Mendoza is Argentina’s most important wine-producing region. The area has accommodations set in the midst of lush vineyards, made even more romantic by mountain views.

A honeymoon in the vineyards is ideal for relaxation, meaningful conversations, and lots of quality time together. Couples will enjoy visiting vineyards and tasting different wines.

Honeymooners are also encouraged to explore the area through biking then unwind at the end of the day at the spa. Evenings are for romantic fireside dinners, with hearty food paired with good Argentina wine.

9. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

galapagos islands

Couples who want to venture into a different honeymoon destination will love what the beautiful Galapagos Islands have to offer.

These islands off the Ecuadorian coasts is just the perfect getaway- from its mesmerizing scenery to the diverse wildlife, the pristine beaches, and beautiful hotel spa for you and your partner.

There are also various activities to do here, such as boat cruises around the island, hiking with iguanas, swimming with sea turtles, and hanging out the sea lions at the beach.

A great mix of romance, nature, and adventure, the Galapagos Islands is one of the best honeymoon destinations in South America.

10. Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

Heaven on earth-  these words will surely come to mind once introduced to the seemingly infinite blue and white scenery of Uyuni, Bolivia. Otherworldly and romantic, this is one of the most unique honeymoon destinations in South America.

Officially called Salar de Uyuni, it is the world’s largest salt flat that was formed from a prehistoric lake that dried up.

Today, this is one of the most breathtaking places on earth that looks magical in any season.

For the honeymoon, splurge and stay at the incredible Hotel Palacio de Sal, which is made out of salt bricks.

Wake up early and hop on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Explore the area with your loved one the see geysers, hot springs, high altitude lagoons, and even volcanoes. End each day in Uyuni with a romantic dinner under its pollution-free, clear night sky.

 

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