romantic getaway destinations in Latin America

 Looking for a spontaneous Valentine’s Day trip? Thinking of romantic summer plans already? If you’re unsure of where to set your next getaway, we have a few suggestions for must-visit romantic getaway destinations in Latin America. 

The Sacred Valley, Peru

The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru’s Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Today, it’s a breathtaking destination for couples and families who love culture, history, and gorgeous views. 

From hiking tours, visiting ancient ruins and archaeological sites, water-rafting along the Urubamba River, llama treks, and more, this destination is perfect for the adventure-loving couple looking to immerse themselves in the culture of the area.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are a must-visit romantic getaway destination for nature-loving couples. As most will know, the islands are where Charles Darwin did much of his research and observation while developing his theories on natural selection. The islands are famous for their unique indigenous wildlife and stunning views. 

Book a boat tour, snorkel and scuba dive with the island’s marine life, and enjoy the scenery and beaches. With more than 120 isolated islands, islets and rocks there is so much to explore! From the Galápagos’ famous dome-shaped tortoises to the Charles Darwin Research Station,  San Cristóbal Island’s sea lions, and hiking Isabela Island’s active and imposing Sierra Negra Volcano, nature-loving couples will surely fall in love with this destination.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 

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Brazil’s most famous city is a must-visit for couples who love vibrant culture looking for a fun, bustling destination. Whether you’re looking to relax or go on an adventure, Rio De Janeiro has it all from beautiful beaches and legendary landmarks to art and culture and incredible cuisine. 

For a perfect day, start with a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer landmark—one of the Seven Wonders of the World—located in Tijuca National Park for stunning picture-perfect views. Then, take a stroll through the Jardim Botânico, a botanical paradise with more than 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora. Dating back to the 1800s, the garden hosts everything from orchids to jasmine-mango heliconias. Finally, end the night with an evening in the Lapa neighborhood, soaking up the vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and bars and dance the night away. 

Tulum, Mexico

 

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Another must-visit romantic getaway destination in Latin America is the quiet town of Tulum, Mexico. Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city that tower over the town. 

A historical site mixed with stunning beaches, this is the perfect spot for history-buffs to unwind and relax while learning and experiencing the local history and culture. Visit the Tulum Mayan Ruins, then take a dive in a cenote native to the area, and discover the local culture and food by exploring the town center, Tulum Pueblo.

The Lake District, Argentina

 

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Next on our list is Argentina’s Lake District. The area of San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly called Bariloche) is a town in Argentina’s Patagonia region known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and its chocolate. It’s also a popular area for hiking and skiing the nearby mountains. 

Couples looking for a mix of cultures will be delighted by the infusion of European and South American traditions in this region. Surrounded by glacial lakes and lush forests, travelers can enjoy hikes, winter sports, serene lakeside views, and exquisite cuisine. 

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is a gorgeous port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, perfect for your next romantic getaway. The city offers charming colonial architecture, exciting nightlife, cultural festivals, beaches and more.  

Walk the cobbled streets and explore the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a castle dating back to the 17th century. Lovers of architecture will also enjoy many of the ancient churches throughout the city. The art-filled city also boasts vibrant local music, handcrafted artisan goods, and even a popular graffiti tour in the Getsemaní neighborhood. Music-and-film-loving couples will also be pleased to know the city also hosts international music and film festivals throughout the year, so don’t miss out!

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

 

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Guanacaste is a province in northwestern Costa Rica bordering the Pacific, is known for its beaches and biodiverse parkland. Popular beaches include Playa Blanca, known for its calm waters, and Playa Hermosa, a popular sport for diving and water sports. Additionally, Santa Rosa National Park is a must-see destination home to rare dry tropical forest, surfing sites and over 250 bird species. 

Beach-lovers will enjoy the area’s many sandy spots, with unique beaches such as Flamingo Beach where its shores are covered in gorgeous pinkish white sand. Another must-visit location is Rincon de la Vieja, a famous volcano and national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike or ride horseback through the national park to experience breathtaking views.

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Wherever your next vacation takes you, these romantic getaway destinations in Latin America are sure to spark romance, relaxation, and adventure!

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  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

By Victoria Arena

Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

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