Picture this: you’re relaxing in a natural health spa, enjoying a luxurious couple massage with your significant other, discussing the ancient temple you just visited with a personal guide, and anticipating tomorrow’s luxury train ride to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. For couples looking to combine elite luxury with light adventure and cultural exploration, Peru makes the perfect honeymoon pick.
With a remarkable increase in luxury accommodations, a booming and acclaimed culinary scene, and the ability to visit ancient ruins, traditional villages, and imposing jungles with modern services and private guides accustomed to high-end service, Peru is an exotic, pampering, and value-oriented honeymoon destination. But what really completes Peru as a wonderful honeymoon selection is the romance. From watching the sun set into the ocean from the exquisite cliff-side parks in Lima (one of which is named Park of Love!); to the mystic mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, to the scenic serenity in the Scared Valley, Peru is for lovers.
As a diverse country, there are many places in Peru to consider for your honeymoon. Because most international flights arrive in Lima, couples should spend a couple nights in this modern city. Lima is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, and travelers can enjoy gourmet multi-course dinner and drinks for a third of the price (or less) of what it would cost in North America or Europe. Some recommended Lima restaurants include Rafael, Astrid y Gaston, and La Mar.
The trio of Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu should be the central hub of any Peru-based honeymoon package. Luxurious properties in Cuzco provide a pampering experience in renovated colonial structures that contain the charm of the past but with the comforts of a non-intrusive modern touch (such as heated floors), while the Sacred Valley allows for a few romantic nights of seclusion, and Machu Picchu offers a stunning show of man-made and natural beauty.
Those with more time should consider a visit to the Amazon. Just a 45 minute flight from Cuzco is the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, a launching point for trips to remote Amazon lodges. There are several rustic luxury lodges in the area. However, those looking for pure comfort should head north to the town of Iquitos and the Amazon River. Here exclusive riverboats takes travelers deep into the rainforest, yet all with the comfort of an exquisite private room with panoramic windows and a chef on board to serve delicious Amazon meals.
And to top it all off, Peru has several luxury travel companies with in-country offices available to help you plan your dream vacation. An agency that specializes in Peru and luxury trips can be the perfect way to make your romantic international honeymoon become a reality.
Laura Elise is Marketing Director of SA Luxury Expeditions.