Follow your heart: Explore 6 romantic destinations in South America

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Follow your heart: Explore 6 romantic destinations in South America

Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru, Peru For LessGrab your passport, loved one and explore South America’s diversity.
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It’s that special time of the year when roses are bought by the dozen and chocolate sales skyrocket in honor of Valentine’s Day. While celebrations for this day of love vary from country to country, there’s a universal understanding that February 14th is a time to appreciate those that you care about the most. To spread some Valentine’s Day love, we’re happy to share these 6 romantic destinations in South America to inspire your own getaway with that special someone and carry the romance further into 2014.

Lake Titicaca, Peru
An exclusive island retreat

Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru For LessMix a little romance with Inca treasures at Lake Titicaca.
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Lake Titicaca is the fabled origin of the Inca Empire. Often referred to as the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca is located on the border of Bolivia and Peru. Couples looking for romance can explore its amazing array of islands, colorful Andean traditions, and experience the diversity of the region’s native inhabitants.

Where to stay? Lovebirds in search of peace and tranquility need look no further than Casa Andina Isla Suasi. This all inclusive property is located on Isla Suasi, a private island in the remote corner of the extensive Lake Titicaca. Enjoy absolute luxury at this hotel, as well as an assortment of activities; sailing, nature hikes, kayaking, and stargazing under the bejeweled night sky.

Read our complete Lake Titicaca Travel Guide to learn more about this region’s history and attractions.

Mendoza, Argentina
A wine lovers escape

Mendoza, Argentina, Argentina For LessPut your taste testing skills to good use at Mendoza’s many wineries.
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Wine lovers can match their passion for travel in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine country. Mendoza is located at the base of the Andes Mountains where the altitude moderates the hot, dry climate, making it an ideal region for growing grapes. Taste Argentina’s renowned malbec wine on a tour of the area’s wineries followed by a gourmet dinner for some evening romance.

Where to stay? Stay in the heart of the wine-making action at a local winery. Lares de Chacra is a charming country style house with natural, modern decor. Snuggle up with your better half in front of the fireplace, check out the hotel’s wine cellar, and enjoy the swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Read our complete Mendoza Travel Guide.

Paraty, Brazil
A tropical getaway

Paraty, Brazil, Brazil For LessCruise the quaint streets of Paraty.
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Escape to Brazil’s tropical coast and surround yourself with the natural beauty of Paraty. Hold hands and stroll the town’s cobbled streets around the port and admire its strong colonial character. For some rest and relaxation, slip away to one of the beaches that dot the hilly mainland of Paraty. A more adventurous option is to take a forest trail to a refreshing waterfall.

Where to stay? Spend your romantic getaway at Pousada Porto Imperial, a hotel with beautiful suites in an early 19th century house that’s conveniently located in Paraty’s historical center on the River Pereque. Guests can relax in the hotel’s reading room, cool off in the pool, or get pampered at the spa.

Brazil has several beautiful beach destinations. Click here for more information.

Sacred Valley, Peru
A high altitude exploration

Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru For LessHigh-altitude beauty awaits you in the Sacred Valley.
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Not far from Cusco, the Urubamba River snakes through the Sacred Valley. Here various shades of green color the surrounding landscapes and Inca ruins sprinkle the hillsides, reminding travelers of the region’s cultural roots. A romantic retreat to this beautiful valley is likely to take your breath away; the Sacred Valley is located at above 9,000 feet above sea level.

Where to stay? Hotel Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley is comprised of comfortable bungalows decorated with brightly colored Andean textiles and flower arrangements. This picturesque hotel is perfect for travelers who appreciate nature and want to learn more about another culture. When adventure calls, action-packed sports are not far away in the Sacred Valley.

Click here for detailed information about more hotels in the Sacred Valley.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Discover Paris in South America

street tango, Argentina, Argentina For LessTango your way to romance.
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Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires is a thriving cultural center with endless opportunities to amp up the romance. Wine and dine? Check. Shopping opportunities? Check. Sultry dancing? Check. A  traveling duo with a passion for citylife will find all the romance they need in Buenos Aires, a city nicknamed “the Paris of South America.” By day couples can explore the city’s art museums and taste what are arguable the best cuts of meat in the world; by night watch masters perform the tango, the world’s sexiest dance.

What to do? Discover Argentina’s favorite dance moves at Tango Porteño, one of the most exclusive tango houses in Buenos Aires. Enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with plenty of wine while professional dancers and local musicians perform before you.

Read our complete online Buenos Aires Travel Guide.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Follow Darwin’s footsteps

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Ecuasdor For LessExperience some Galapagos style love’n.
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Share the experience in discovering the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands with your special someone. Charles Darwin first examined the ecological oddities of this remote archipelago in 1835, and since then the Galapagos Islands have become a place of pilgrimage for travelers in search of unique wildlife. Blue footed birds and swimming lizards are among the animals you’re likely to see on your tour of the Islands, as well as stunning island scenery. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

What to do? Take your time getting to know the Galapagos Islands and relax with your loved one on a cruise.  Choose from a variety of luxurious cruises, all of which have their own special highlights.

What romantic destination do you want to tour?

Plan a romantic getaway to South America for an extra dose of love this year. The diversity of this continent has something to offer every traveler. Call our team of travel experts now and start planning your fully customizable adventure today.

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Britt is addicted to the spontaneous nature of travel and personal growth it inspires. She bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012, starting her journey in Argentina and slowly traveled north through Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Unable to shake her addiction of Latin America, she now happily calls Peru home.

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