Post # 1
We are narrowing down our honeymoon options and are considering South America. I am not sure what would be a good destination but figured that we would get more bang for buck than in Europe which is our other option.
Any of you honeymooning or honeymooned in South America and can steer me in the right direction? Thanks!
Post # 3
I didn’t honeymoon in South America but I did travel there. I did a tour in Peru and it was amazing! I had a blast. I saw some things that were on my list of things to see before I die. Machu Picchu, the Nazca Line, for example. I also went to the Galapagos, which was awesome, of course, but it’s expensive. I did my tours in SA with GAP Tours.
Post # 4
Thanks! In the little bit of research I’ve done Peru and Cartagena, Colmbia are frontrunners. As well as Belize (Central America).
Post # 5
Check out Costa Rica. Are you nature / wildlife lovers? (look at my post about our Costa Rican plan). I know it is Central America not South America but I thought I would throw it out there since you mentioned Belize. Belize would be awesome too (it was our second choice). You would def be saving our your flights. We found flights from DC to San Jose, Costa Rica for only $300 a person!
Post # 6
Costa Rica is where my family is from . I’ve been many times and Fiance wants to go somewhere neither of us has been. I may be biased but I think it’s awesome there! LOL
Post # 8
@NJmeetsBX: Try http://www.gate1travel.com it's a local company in MD. I’ve used them before for Peru, and uK. We are planning on using them for summer for Spain. They have packages for different budgets.
Oh and get insurance. best one is TravelSafe. They have an option you can purchase “cancel for any reason”. I actually used this last year since i lost my job, and only had to fill out 2 pieces of paper, no medical, no explanation and got 80% back in 1.5 months.
Post # 9
South America is great. You will definitely get way more bang for your buck then Europe.
We didn’t Honeymoon there but I have lived in and then visited Argentina, travelled to Peru and hubby lived in Colombia. So feel free to ask any questions.
I would strongly disagree with going on any kind of organized tour (especially on a honeymoon). They are far more expensive (probably double the price you could do it on your own for) and there is no possibility of doing anything that isn’t prescribed to be what you should do/see. You cannot stay an extra day in Cusco because you think its neat-o and still want to hit up X sight, cause your bus is pulling out of town. You will also be spending your honeymoon with 30 other people. But is is very sheltered and I guess some people would find that enjoyable. The one exception to this is if you are hiking the Inca trail to reach Machu Picchu.
It is not difficult to travel (even if you don’t speak Spanish and very easy if you do). Get a lonely planet and you will be fine. I don’t even book a hotel or bus ticket before I go. You do not need to. If you go to Peru just be cautious about Altitude sickness. It can make you quite tired and unwell. Make sure you ascend slowly.
Have you thought about Argentina at all? A very European feel with SA prices. Consider Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, and Patagonia to see some really great wildlife. (There is a penguin reserve that has over a million penguins on it, and you can just walk amongst the penguins) really neat-o.