10 romantic trips to Latin America

10 romantic trips to Latin America

From gushing waterfalls to sexy tango and idyllic islands - Latin America is full-to-bursting with romantic experiences for both newly-weds and loved-up couples

1. Discover the delights of the Atacama Desert - Chile

Discover the raw beauty of the Atacama Desert from Awasi Lodge. Watch the sun rise over gurgling geysers, relax in hot springs, visit the salt flats and Altiplano lagoons, ride to villages hidden among deep valleys, or just gaze up at the stars after a picnic with cocktails and a candlelit swim.

2. Stay on a historic ranch - Brazil

Saddle up for romance as you explore the Ibitipoca Reserve, with horse treks to remote waterfalls where you can swim in deserted pools. Honeymooning couples can also enjoy candlelit picnics by the lake while staying at Fazenda do Engenho, a sumptuously restored farmhouse originally built in 1715.

3. Rediscover the ancient Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu - Peru

For the trekking experience of a lifetime, where snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rainforests, rediscover the ancient Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu in style with Mountain Lodges of Peru. You'll get more privacy here than on the Inca trail and equally spectacular vistas, so you won't miss a thing.

4. Explore unspoilt Nicaragua

Get away from the world on a honeymoon in Nicaragua. Stay at Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge on the Pacific coast for a touch of luxury and the chance to watch turtles hatching. For a more daring trip explore the volcanic Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, or escape to the idyllic Caribbean Corn Islands.

5. Wish on a 'moon-bow' at Iguassu Falls - Brazil

Newly-weds visiting Hotel das Cataratas during the full moon can marvel at the beauty of a 'moon-bow' over Iguassu Falls - where silvery moonlight hits the roaring waters. By day couples can explore the surrounding jungles, take helicopter or boat trips around the Falls, or simply relax at the hotel's spa.

6. Take two to tango in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Fuel your newly-wed passions by watching - or trying - the most passionate of dances: the tango. Head to the city's south - the districts of Constitución, La Boca, Barracas and San Telmo - for the best dance clubs. For a luxurious stay, try Faena Hotel + Universe, or the quirky Mansion Dandi Royal, which also has its own tango school.

7. Hire an island in Belize

Combine ruins and rainforest with the paradisical Caribbean coastline of Belize, where you can rent one of the country's 200 islands for your romantic trip. As well as incredible diving and snorkelling on the world's second largest barrier reef, Belize entices visitors with unexcavated Mayan ruins deep in the jungle, and gorgeous lodges to unwind in.

8. White-water raft to a rainforest retreat - Costa Rica

Hidden away in the jungle, Pacuare Lodge is the perfect retreat for newly-weds - part of the adventure is getting there either by white-water raft, or an adventurous overland journey. There are two secluded honeymoon lodges tucked away in the canopy, plus secluded dinners, massages and yoga on offer, as well as adventurous activities too.

9. Combine cayes and cascades - Venezuela

Combine the beauty of Angel Falls - the world's highest waterfall - with the deserted beach paradise of Venezuela's cayes. Delve into the dense jungles straight from the 'Lost World', or for something cooler head to Merida and work your way through 860 flavours of ice-cream - including avocado and beef.

10. Watch the romance of nature - Galápagos Islands

For an intimate experience with nature, honeymoon on the world famous Galápagos Islands. Stroll on white-sand beaches scattered with sea lions, hike in the highlands with giant tortoises, snorkel with penguins and vow to be faithful for life like the island's albatrosses.

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