Has anyone been to Peru/Galapagos Islands/anywhere else awesome?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@mu_t:  Galapagos are awesome, Peru is awesome, Patagonia is awesome (although probably too wintery in our fall).  It’s all expensive to get there (plane tickets) and then fairly cheap to travel, IF you take busses and don’t stay in super fancy gringo resorts.  The exception is the Galapagos – pricey because you have to fly to Ecuador, then to Puerto Ayora, then take a ship tour around the islands for however long.  (It’s mind-blowingly amazing though.)

Personally, I wouldn’t go to South America if I had less than 2 weeks (preferrably 3) to travel.  I’d also just go to a couple different places in the same country or fly between a couple countries (flights can be fairly cheap) – you can suck up SO much time traveling from place to place if you want to tour a whole country.

Feel free to PM me if you look more into it and have specific questions.  I used to live in Chile and the Galapagos and have traveled around South America quite a lot…  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We went to Peru a few years ago and did the Inca Trail and it was AMAZING. I found Peruvians to be super nice and helpful, even in a big city like Lima. Depending which country you travel to, expenses can greatly vary. Peru is on the more expensive side but was still super affordable to is compared to say.. New Zealand (Which we want to the following year). I heard the Galapagos are amazing but is quite expensive to get to.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have been to South America, but not to Peru, to Brazil instead. 

It wasn’t that expensive at all, everything was pretty reasonably priced and we stayed at a hotel that was right across & overlooked Copacabana Beach and it was totally affordable. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I went to Brazil (Rio) in 2008 and I’m going back May of 2014 to get married! Brazil touched my heart like no other place I have been to. 

Not sure if you’re a Europe fan but the country side of both France and Italy are amazing!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It wasn’t on a honeymoon, but the Galapagos Islands are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is certainly in my top 3 places I’ve ever visited. We did 10 days on a 16 person (5 crew) sailboat. Since the boat was so small, we could go to islands that the larger boats couldn’t.

Hammocks on deck. A nice man named Edgar who brought you a frosty beverage with an umbrella in it, fish caught hours before for dinner. Swimming with sea lions, iguanas and penguins. Yeah. It was great!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mu_t:  It was about 10 years ago, so I’m sure prices have changed. I think it was about $7000 for the cruise and flights??

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I loved Ecuador and the Galapagos!  Ecuador made me want to move there or retire there – the people were so nice and the climate is so great in the mountains.  And they use the US dollar so very convenient.

The Galapagos was spectacular – something you can’t see or do anywhere else in the world.  Amazing.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve been to Peru, Chile, and Argentina (non-honeymoon).

Peru: Hiking the INCA TRAIL is AH-MAZING!  I went with a large group of friends (15 of us) in August several years ago.  Even though the rainy clouds obscured the big mountain views on most of our hiking days, it directed my attention to the minutiae on the trail… like the insects and flowers (OMG orchids!).  Machu Picchu is just… AWESOME… makes me envious of Hiram Bingham.  We stayed in Cusco for 3 nights, trekked the Inca Trail in 4 days, and stayed in Aguas Caliente for 2 nights, and back to Cusco for another 2.

Chile & Argentina: PATAGONIA is INCREDIBLE.  Last November we stayed in Santiago for a bit, then did the W-Trek in Torres Del Paine in Chile, crossed the border via bus to visit the big glaciers in Argentina, and hung out in Buenos Aires for a few days (trip was a total of 18 days).  I’ve been to many places, but if I had to pick a trip that struck me the most, it was this one when we were doing the outdoorsy stuff.  Even though the weather was insane half the time, the experience was totally worth the effort and money (it was my most expensive trip to date… but worth every penny).   The food is delicious in both countries: Chile for its seafood and Argentina for its beef.  Loved the whole experience so much, I actually had an UGLY CRY as we were leaving – DH was both embarassed and understanding, LOL.

I would go back to either in a HEARTBEAT if I had the funds and the time… and add in Iguazu Falls and Atacama Desert.

PM me if you have specific questions.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Tagging in to follow! We’re dating on New Zealand or Peru for our two week honeymoon!

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