South America is blessed with an unrivalled range of natural wonders and a fantastic array of stunning destinations: a perfect place if you are looking for a romantic getaway. Relax on golden sun-kissed beaches, take a stroll through quaint colonial towns, indulge in some wine-tasting in the shadows of the Andes, or enjoy the sensual delights of tango with a candlelit dinner: wild and wonderful shared adventures are plentiful on this enchanting continent.
For inspiration on where to take a trip with your partner, we have compiled on list of suggestions here. There are also many other ideas to be found on the various pages of this site, so be sure to have a browse.
Cartagena is filled with beautiful cobblestoned streets / Image Source
The jewel in the crown of the Caribbean coast. Facing out into the ocean this hidden gem boasts fine restaurants, boutique hotels, and spectacular beauty that all lie within the sweeping 13km centuries old colonial walls. Take a break from the traditional sightseeing routine and meander through the streets and soak up the magical atmosphere. It can get extremely hot and humid during the summer months, but to ward off the heat you can combine your trip with an excursion to the nearby Rosario Islands, or the wonderful beaches of Park Tayrona.
The landscapes of Patagonia are the stuff of the imagination / Image Source
Argentina is home to great number of romantic destinations, but for those couples who seek some adventure, the vast region of Patagonia is the place to go. The extraordinary beauty of the natural environment offers truly once in a lifetime experiences: hike on the famous Perito Moreno glacier, snorkel with sea lions in Puerto Madryn, walk with penguins in the Punta Tombo nature reserve, or take a whale watching tour at sunset. Patagonia has a very unique romantic allure.
Be sure to take in an authentic, all-inclusive tango show if you’re in Buenos Aires / Image Source
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you are planning a city break with your loved one, Buenos Aires is up there with the best of them: the city is graced with a distinct European elegance and it pulsates day and night with energy and sensuality. The bohemian neighbourhoods offer exquisite restaurants and a dizzying nightlife, while quieter options include wine-tasting, tango shows, or great day trips north to Tigre delta. Argentines are passionate people, and this trait quickly transfers to its visitors.
A romantic bike ride around the bodegas of Mendoza is a great way to spend a day / Photo by Daytours4u
Picture this: you are sipping on some sumptuous Argentine wine while gazing at the breathtaking snowcapped Andean peaks in the distance: Mendoza was made for romance. A one hour flight from Buenos Aires, this tranquil oasis is the perfect retreat from the bustling city atmosphere. If you need to take a break from bodega hopping, there are also plenty of day trip options including a refreshing mind and body experience at Cacheuta Thermal Spa.
Watching the sunset over Rio from the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain is a bucket list adventure / Image Source
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Host to some of the greatest natural and man-made landmarks in the world, Rio de Janeiro makes for a very special vacation. Visit the stunning Christ the Redeemer statue for spectacular vistas, take a sunset cable car tour to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, shake your hips with a private samba class, or simply relax and unwind on one of the city’s many beaches. Rio de Janiero is exotic, exuberant, and downright sexy.
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If you are currently travelling through South America and would like to sample some of these romantic destinations, we offer great tours and activities in Cartagena, Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Rio de Janeiro. If you need help putting together your itinerary, please contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about any of these exciting places.
By Simon Hall