Peru should be a necessity for travelers, especially honeymooners that are looking for adventure, entertainment and some mind-blowingly beautiful sights. From the picturesque views of Machu Picchu to the scenic Lake Titicaca to the romantic and exotic feel of the Amazon, there is so much that Peru offers for newlyweds to explore and enjoy. If you’re looking to travel Peru, look no further. Listed below is some helpful information including traveling tips, where to go, what to see and where to stay.
Peru: Things to know before you go
- The Tap Water: make sure to either boil the water or drink it bottled when you’re in Peru. Ice can also get you sick.
- The Travel Visa: Many assume that like other South American countries, you won’t need a visa. All you’ll need is a passport and evidence of travel that you’re going somewhere else after, or coming back home. Although it’s impossible to get a one way ticket to Peru, you can usually hang out in the country for 90 days at a time.
- Crime: There is some crime in Peru. The most common instances are muggings, carjackings, sexual assaults and robberies. These are certainly more common in the larger cities. The best way to avoid these things is to take wise precautions while traveling. Don’t walk alone after dark, always keep an eye on your surroundings and make sure to leave valuables and passports in the hotel safe.
- Peruvian money: It’s best to exchange currency before you get to the country. Using a bank or your hotel is always the safest because some street changers can hand out counterfeit money or give unfair exchange rates.
- Make sure to have some cash: If you’ve never travelled to a developing country like Peru, you may not be used to keeping cash on you. Some businesses in larger cities will accept credit cards, but without cash you’ll definitely miss the authentic experiences throughout the beautiful country, which is something that honeymooners definitely don’t want to miss.
When to honeymoon in Peru
Peru has three main climates, a desert/coastal strip where winters are mild and summers are warm to hot, the Andean highlands zone, which tends toward cooler temperatures, no matter which season, and the Amazonian rainforest which stays hot and humid regardless of the year. Peru’s winter, from May to September is usually the driest season and makes the best time to honeymoon, especially if you have plans to visit Cusco or Machu Picchu.
What to bring on your Peru honeymoon
- Layers: the best way to prepare for Peru’s weather is to pack plenty of light layers. A few tank tops and t-shirts underneath a light jacket is a great way to start. That way if it gets too warm or cold when you’re out exploring, it’s easy to remedy.
- Footwear: Footwear in the city is up to the traveler’s discretion. But if you’re going to explore the cities on foot, then comfortable walking shoes are a necessity. Aside from that, if honeymooners decide to hike Machu Picchu or spend some time in the Amazon, hiking boots would definitely be a necessity.
- Vaccines: There are a few places in Peru that are subject to diseases like yellow fever, so make sure to consult your doctor about preventative vaccines before you leave the country.
Machu Picchu is one of the most infamous and significant histories that the Inca Indians left behind. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and although the hiking can be challenging, and the travelling to get to the mountain can be rigorous, people from all across the planet choose to trek the trails.
What to do on your Machu Picchu Honeymoon
The Sunset Gate: This is considered to be one of the most significant aspects of Machu Picchu. The stairs leading up to the famous gate are often believed to be where people could enter and exit the city. The sunrise at the Sun Gate is a favorite tourist attraction. An early morning sunset in a deserted civilization sounds like a romantic way to start a honeymoon day.
The Inca bridge: This beautiful bridge was constructed as a secret entrance for the Incan army. Strangely enough the bridge is carved into a cliff face on the western side of the city and should definitely be on your list to visit. It’s actually not a bridge, but instead a stone path carved from rock. Where there should be a bridge, a large drop exists that kept unwanted travelers from entering.
Temple of the Sun: Right beside the main fountain, the temple of the sun holds some of the area’s most intricate and impressive stone work. Some suggest this is where Incas gathered to pray to the god of the sun, while others believe it was used as an astronomical observatory.
Central Plaza: This sprawling grassy area separated old residential buildings from the others. Often, there are animals like llamas grazing here and although it’s not possible to get on the grass, it’s a fun place to see.
Romantic accommodations in Machu Picchu
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
This beautiful property is right at the foot of historic Machu Picchu and is perfect for honeymooners. It overlooks the Vilcanota River and is close to a museum that offers ancient artifacts from the civilization. They also have complimentary amentias like breakfast, lunch and dinner, and cocktail making and cooking classes.
El MaPi Hotel ByInkaterra
This hotel is set on a street that’s lined with cute café and restaurants. The woodsy-chic hotel has a good view of a beautiful forest and is a close walk from Machu Picchu. Their modern rooms are a great place for honeymooners to relax with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. A breakfast buffet is included. There’s a relaxed cafe, a sleek bar, and a serene spa offering cloud forest views.
Cusco, a beautiful and important city for the ancient Incas is a great place to visit when you honeymoon in Peru. The city and it’s old temples will transport travelers back to old world cultures while providing adventure and entertainment. Being a metropolitan hub of it’s day, Cusco still offers plenty of intriguing sightseeing, shopping and dining.
What to do in Cusco, Peru
- The church of Santo Domingo: This beautiful church was built on the famous Temple of the Sun and at one point, it’s walls were actually lined with sheets of sold cold. Unfortunately, this architectural artifact and many others were taken away by the conquistadors. The only thing that remains there today is the Coricancha, which is beautiful stonework that forms the church’s foundation. It’s definitely worth seeing a wall that has survived Peru’s 3 major earthquakes.
- Plaza de Armas: The Plaza de Armas has been the center point of Cusco for many years. There are plenty of cathedrals around the plaza. While they’re often a popular tourist destination, you can also find locals relaxing on the steps and enjoying the plaza. The center of the square is a great place to sit on the benches and stroll along the beautiful gardens in the center. While the plaza during the day sounds like a great spot for honeymooners to people watch, at night, the plaza turns lively and fun. People stroll around the buildings, which also sounds like a relaxing nighttime activity for a couple.
- San Blas: The San Blas neighborhood is on a hill to the northeast of the Plaza and is well known for beautifully cobbled streets that hold art galleries and shops. During the evening, the area comes to life when shops and restaurants open. If you’re looking for a little culture to explore, The San Blas neighborhood is a great spot to start.
What to do in Cusco
See San Pedro Market: San Pedro Market is a great way to experience an authentic Peruvian vibe. If you’re used to American supermarkets and boring checkout lines, this experience will thrill and excite you. The local feel and authentic culture that honeymooners can interact with at the San Pedro is an irreplaceable experience.
Cooking classes: This would be a great activity to do on your honeymoon. You’d get to spend a little time with your honey while you visit local markets and learn about the food that comes from the area and how to cook it, all while exploring a new and functional skill.
Visit a chocolate house: Yep, you read that right. A chocolate house. Here, honeymooners can sample delicious Peruvian chocolates. The country is well known for its chocolate and this unique experience is a great, lowkey activity.
Solve the Twelve Angle Stone: This Peruvian mystery will surprise honeymooners and leave them in awe of the Inca’s ancient ingenuity. Often referred to as the twelve-point stone, this large rock sit in a stone wall and is rather perplexing. It stands as a symbol of the ancient Inca’s masonry ability because no one can fathom how they cut such sharp lines on rock and stacked them together so tightly in such strange patterns that even a piece of paper can’t fit between them. Talk about mind boggling. Take some time to appreciate and boggle over the mystery; it certainly keeps travelers entertained.
Romantic accommodations in Cusco:
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
This property is actually a restored palace that dates back to the 15th century. It’s close to a lot of interesting sights in the city and their elegant rooms filled with beautiful artwork, minibars and balconies will make sure that honeymooners instantly relax and get into a romantic mood. Their amenities include a refined restaurant with exposed stone walls and a terrace, plus a posh bar, a high-end spa and a courtyard.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
This hotel is built out of a former monastery and also features gold-framed artwork have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks; some have terraces. Suites add living rooms with sofas. Breakfast is free and their 2 elegant restaurants, along with a casual deli, and a lobby bar with a vaulted ceiling boast relaxation.
This beautiful lake should be on honeymooners must visit list when it comes to Peru. Lake Titicaca is set between Peru and Bolivia and is the largest lake in South America. It’s also the highest navigable body of the water in the world and the deep blue water blended with the surrounding ancient culture will make travelers never want to leave.
What to do at Lake Titicaca
- Islas Uros: The Islas Uros are man-made islands that are build out of reeds. Each islet houses anywhere from 1-10 families. These islands are an easy day trip to make from Puno and an underrated and beautiful sight to see.
- Isla Taquile: This small island town only has a population of 2,000 people but the distinct culture is something that honeymooners will not want to miss. Their beautiful hills and the scenic blue lake are captivating. Plus, Taquile has some fun and wild festivals.
- Puno: This tiny town is nestled between the shores of Lake Titicaca and the mountains that surround it. There’s actually less than two miles between the shores and the foothills which makes the small city grow up the hillside. The beautiful water, the mountains and the towns growing up the hill are all a beautiful sight.
- Island of the sun: The Island of the Sun can be found on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. The Gold Museum is full of Inca artifacts and the famous Fountain of Youth. Boats can take you to the island daily or you can stay in a romantic suite and see the island’s most beautiful view from the top.
- Visit the Sillustani Ruins: The Sillustani Ruins are located close to Lake Titicaca. The ruins are made up of 28 burial towers overlook Lake Umayo and many historians believe that the tombs were symbols of the deceased and elite families that existed there. Exploring the ruins would be a great and romantic activity for honeymooners to participate in.
While many honeymooners will start in the capital city and move onto Machu Picchu or Cusco, the honeymooners who stay to enjoy the capital city definitely won’t regret it. While Lima is the largest city by far and is home to ¼ of Peru’s entire population. What comes along with that large population is wonderful food, the Miraflores district and plenty of adventure. Even though Lima can be found on the ocean, they don’t have conventional beaches. Instead of sand, the rocky and scenic coastline is rough, but beautiful. If you’re looking for plenty to see and do, Lima is a great option.
What to do in Lima on your honeymoon
- Swim with the sealions: Palomino Island is a beautiful island right off Lima’s rocky coast. This island offers the chance to swim with sea lions, view penguins and engage in plenty ocean adventures. Plenty of frequent Peruvian travelers spend time off Palomino Island.
- Take a city tour: Free walking tour: Have you ever heard that the best way to explore a city is on foot? It’s true and Lima shouldn’t be an exception. Grab a comfy pair of walking shoes and experience some interesting culture. The free walking tour leaves daily at 9:50 from the Tourist Information Center
- Biking tours of Lima: The beautiful green parks and rocky cliffs that overlook the ocean make Miraflores the perfect place to hop on a bike and explore the city. These tours can be booked at the mall or on Larco Street. This is a great activity for honeymooners to try.
- Tours of the ruins: Pachacamac is a beautiful part of Lima that honeymooners should explore. Named after the creator god, Pachacamac used to be an important place of worship for ancient Peruvians. Not far outside the city of Lima, a tour would be a great way to see some of the city’s oldest history.
- Catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco: A tour of Lima wouldn’t be complete without viewing the beautiful catacombs. The basement of the working monastery holds the bones of old wealthy people who used to reside in the city. The larger rooms are actually filled with larger bones that are arranged in a circular pattern to make them look nice for visitors. If you’re looking for a strange, entertaining and unforgettable activity, a trip to the catacombs would be a great idea.
Romantic Accommodations in Lima, Peru
Belmond Limaflores Park
This beautiful modern hotel is close to wonderful shopping, dining and exploration. The elegant suites have marble bathrooms and minibars. Upgraded rooms have saunas and beautiful ocean views that honeymooners would love. There are 2 restaurants, including an upscale 11th-floor eatery as well as a tea lounge and an intimate bar. There’s also a gym and an outdoor pool, along with a children’s theater, a turtle pond and a spa.
Hotel and Spa Golf Los Incas
This unique hotel is located on a hill with beautiful views of Lima. It’s close to some commercial centers, shopping and plenty of entertainment. The hotel also sports apartment-style rooms with kitchens, washers, dryers and bottled water. While the rooms are beautiful, the Golf Los Incas Club in front of the hotel is its main attraction. If honeymooners are looking for a great option that are removed from the hustle of the city, but also close enough to still explore city, this is a great option.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably seen the amazon rainforest in the news headlines. Unfortunately, many of the acres throughout the exotic forest are currently burning and while these forest fires are somewhat typical throughout the dry season, this one is more drastic. Interestingly enough, the Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of the world’s oxygen and is absolutely worth the long hard travel to explore it.
What to do in the Amazon:
- Jungle Walk: Walking through one of the most famous places in the world would be a great option for honeymooners who are looking for adventure and some beautiful views. Here, honeymooners can see unique wildlife like monkeys, sloths, monkeys. Of course, make sure to look out for dangerous things like snakes and poisonous frogs. Even though there are so many animals that the amazon holds, you never know what you’ll see.
- Stand up paddle boarding: The amazon river now offers stand up paddle boarding in Peru. Although the watersport originated in Hawaii, it’s made its way across the globe where any scenic and explorable bodies of water reside. The strange combination of surfing and kayaking would be a great option for honeymooners who want to get in the water.
Romantic Accommodations in the Amazon
Tambopata Research Center, Peru
The tambopata is the perfect place for honeymooners who are looking for serious adventures. This beautiful property is near one of the largest macaws in the Amazon Rainforest, and near Tambopata Research Center. The rainforest here is one of the world’s largest tracts of protected forest. Claylicks, exposed clay where many different animals come to feed off the salt-rich and medicinal substrate can be found close. If you want to be completely submerged in nature, this is a great option.
Posada Amazonas Lodge
The Posada Amazonas lodge is located in Puerto Maldonado and each room here features a mosquito net and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Upgraded rooms have electricity between 12:00 and 13:00 and between 17:00 and 21:00, while other rooms are lit by candle light. A daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Puerto Maldonado.