When people think of a place to spend the first couple weeks with their new spouse, they often think of a luxury hotel in Paris, a villa in Tuscany, or a resort in the Caribbean. However, there are countless romantic honeymoon destinations in Peru that shouldn’t be overlooked.
It makes sense. After all, Peru is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. You can find tropical jungles and pristine beaches, majestic mountains and enchanting deserts, thousand-year-old ruins and cosmopolitan urban neighborhoods, all in one spectacular country.
Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Peru
No matter what type of honeymoon you want to have, you can find it in Peru. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of the six best places to have a honeymoon in Peru.
The department of Arequipa is best-known for its capital city of the same name, but the entire region is chock full of marvelous wonders that would make for an unforgettable Peru honeymoon.
First off, the city of Arequipa is one of South America’s most charming. Nicknamed the “White City” for the particular volcanic stone used to make many of its older buildings, Arequipa is known far and wide for its distinctive cuisine and culture.
It’s large enough to offer plenty of luxury where you seek it, and strolling through the historic Plaza de Armas and Santa Catalina Monastery — all in the shadow of the iconic volcano, El Misti — will be a romantic and entrancing experience.
Outside of the city, you’ll find the Colca Canyon (an ideal location for hiking or horseback riding), the native habitat of the mystical Andean condor and home to several natural hot springs.
In Arequipa, you can get a little bit of everything for your honeymoon.
By far the most popular tourist destination in Peru, Cusco is a terrific place to enjoy your honeymoon while knocking a few items off your bucket list.
For the adventurous couple, there are several places around Cusco to go trekking, the most famous of which being the 4-day, 3-night ascent to Machu Picchu.
If you’re more of a comfort-seeking sightseer, you might prefer to arrive to Machu Picchu by the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train, which offers exquisite food and an open champagne bar.
In addition to Machu Picchu, Cusco has many natural and manmade wonders. The city of Cusco is captivating in its rich blend of ancient and modern culture, while the nearby Sacred Valley combines picturesque landscapes with fascinating history.
Last, but not least, don’t forget Rainbow Mountain, the polychromatic treasure that looks exactly as the name suggests, which is just a day-trip from Cusco.
Located just south of Lima, the department of Ica is home to some of Peru’s most awe-inspiring scenery, and has developed a strong enough touristic infrastructure to provide plenty of luxury.
Outside the city of Ica, you’ll find the natural oasis of Huacachina: a palm tree-surrounded lagoon amid resplendent desert sands. You can explore the nearby sand dunes via dunebuggy and “sandboard,” then retire to one of Huacachina’s luxury resorts.
Just up the road, you’ll find the Paracas National Reserve, a lovely park that can be explored by car or bike. You can also tour the nearby Ballestas Islands and see seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, and even penguins!
By the way, if you have any doubt that Paracas is a choice romantic destination, you should know that the final two episodes of The Bachelor were filmed there last year.
The city of Iquitos is nestled deep in the Amazon jungle, in northeastern Peru near the border with Brazil, and it serves as the gateway to some of the country’s best jungle tourism.
“Jungle” and “honeymoon” may sound like two strange words to put in the same sentence, but rest assured that there are touristic offerings around Iquitos that are very luxurious and romantic.
Imagine this: waking up in an open-air lodge on the banks of the Amazon River, or even a well-outfitted treehouse. Exploring the most biodiverse place in the entire world. Sipping champagne while floating down the Amazon in a luxury river cruise and seeing pink dolphins breach the water.
Seriously. What’s more romantic than a pink dolphin?
American historian William Hickling Prescott once described Lima as the “fairest gem on the shores of the Pacific.” He wasn’t wrong — the City of Kings has an incredible amount to offer, and would be a lovely place to spend a honeymoon.
First and foremost, Lima is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. You could celebrate your newlywed status at either (or both!) of Lima’s restaurants ranked in the world’s Top 10. You can’t do much better than a meal with double-digit courses.
For lovers of history and culture, Lima’s historic center offers both in spades. The upscale Miraflores district boasts breathtaking sunset views — especially from the Parque del Amor (Love Park), which is as good a place to enjoy a honeymoon as any.
Finally, the trendy and historic neighborhood of Barranco is the perfect place for a romantic afternoon walk. It is peppered with lovely galleries and shops, and the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) is bursting with romance and charm.
If what you seek are beach honeymoon destinations, look no further than Piura, the northernmost department on Peru’s coast. Just a few clicks south of the equator, the beaches of northern Peru enjoy good weather year-round.
As far as luxury honeymoon destinations go, Piura has everything you’ll need. With white sands, blue waters, the most amazing fresh seafood, and gorgeous villas just a literal stone’s throw from the ocean, Piura will quickly become your new “happy place.”
The beach tends to be the ideal honeymoon destination for many (at least in part), so make sure to keep the beaches of Piura — whether it be Vichayito, Máncora, Cabo Blanco, or another — high on your list.
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