Romantic Breaks in South America.
South America offers a fascinating land of exploration and diversity spanning many climates, cultures and landscapes. For couples who want to do something a little different and get a bit more off the beaten track, South America also has plenty to offer. Prices can be very reasonable in much of the continent as well, although flights from Europe tend to be fairly expensive regardless of which country you are departing from. South America truly offers something for everyone.
For couples who love culture and landscape, Peru, for example, offers a world of lost civilizations and stunning mountains. For those who love sun, sea, sand and some of the world's most unique wildlife, the Ecuadorian Galápagos Islands make for an unforgettable destination. For city lovers wanting amazing nightlife, vibrant festivals and beach life, Brazil's Rio de Janeiro is hard to beat. Here are just some of the destinations that you might want to consider for a romantic break in South America.
The beautiful Andean country of Peru
boasts some of South America's finest alpine scenery and there is no shortage of well-preserved relics of Pre-Columbian South America. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is the wondrous Machu Picchu. For couples in search of the real Lost World, including breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality and true adventure, Peru
has much to offer. From Europe, both the Spanish Iberia Airlines and the Dutch KLM fly to Peru
and typical prices are normally in the region of €1000 for a return flight. Fortunately, however, Peru
itself is quite a cheap country.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The small and remote Galapagos
archipelago is one of the most unique in the world, famous for its endemic wildlife. The islands are volcanic and rather barren, but the landscape is dramatic nonetheless. Couples who visit this island for a romantic break may do so by plane from the Ecuadorian capital of Quito or via cruise ship. Unfortunately, there are no particularly cheap ways to get there. All-inclusive deals from the UK cost £3000 ($4500) or more, for example.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A huge and highly diverse city, Rio de Janeiro is an ideal destination for couples wanting a livelier break which involves more than just relaxing on a beach. Brazil
is well-known for its hospitable and fun-loving people and Rio de Janeiro perfectly exemplifies this with its world-famous festivals, samba rhythms, nightlife and more. The beaches are beautiful, but they are also busy. There is plenty to do here and even the most demanding of visitors should not be disappointed. The cheapest way to get to Rio de Janeiro is from Lisbon, Portugal, where there are many regular flights.
One of South America's most famous destinations for a romantic getaway, Acapulco is home to many upmarket resorts and a highly developed and sophisticated tourist infrastructure. A favourite for North Americans due to its relative closeness, there are still many package tours and special deals to be had from Europe as well. Acapulco is the perfect destination for a traditional romantic holiday thanks to its beautiful bay, sun-kissed beaches and upmarket resorts. For those wanting a bit more in the way of activity, Acapulco also offers plenty of nightlife options and other activities to partake in.
Margarita is still a relatively unheard of destination even though it is one of the most visited places in Venezuela. The large island is home to some 440,000 people, mostly living in and around the capital of Porlamar. In spite of its lack of fame, Margarita has a fairly developed tourist infrastructure with plenty of upmarket hotels and resorts. The beaches are nothing short of stunning and, best of all, they are not overcrowded as is the case with better known destinations. For couples wanting a traditional romantic holiday without the crowds, there's a lot to be said for choosing Margarita Island.
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