Heading off on a honeymoon? Need a romantic retreat? South America’s tourism sector is booming and the continent’s luxury hotels, restaurants, and private tours are becoming renown around the world for their affordable quality. Although the South America vacation options are endless for the discerning traveler, here are 4 South America luxury destinations that are sure to leave everyone satisfied.
Machu Picchu – Peru. Machu Picchu is one of the most mystical destinations in all of South America. And if you rise early enough to watch the mist disperse and the sun crawl over the mountain peaks and shower Machu Picchu in morning rays, your breath will be taken away. In addition to the spectacular ruins themselves, Machu Picchu is surrounded by the Sacred Valley and Cuzco, two locations full of luxury hotels. Most of these quality accommodations feature spas, massages, swimming pools, private activities, and usual rooms with simply spectacular views.
Iguazu Falls – Argentina. Iguazu Falls is a massive waterfall complex that plunges through both Brazil and Argentina. A few luxury hotels sit within close proximity of the falls and the national park that surrounds the water complex, and some of the hotels even offer views of the falls themselves. Visitors can take a boat ride down the river and feel the spray of the falls from a very close perspective. Fall asleep in a king-sized bed to the mighty sounds of nature.
Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. Brazil is one of this continent’s most vibrant countries and is developing at a rapid pace. Rio de Janeiro can be pricy, but with lush mountains, endless stretches of beaches, famous chefs opening restaurants on almost every corner, and the plethora of exclusive bars and clubs, Rio is the place to see and be seen. It is also the place to indulge in creature comforts. Marvel at Christ the Redeemer statue, sip drinks while watching a romantic sunset, or stay in bed and enjoy the room service.
Galapagos Cruise – Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are one of Latin America’s most unique destinations. Although it is possible to do an island hopping tour, staying at different hotels each night on different islands, if you’re looking for romantic luxury, consider taking a Galapagos cruise. Marvel at the islands’ native inhabitants-everything from marine iguana to blue-footed boobies-during the day and then retreat to an oasis of comfort and quiet at night.
If you’re interested in a South America luxury vacation, be sure to book ahead. With the region growing in popularity, coveted hotels fill up and special attractions (such as the Inca Trail and the Galapagos Islands) limit the number of visitors allowed, and you certainly don’t want to be the one excluded.