One of the best ways to fall even deeper in love with your partner is to travel and see the world together, and with all South America has to offer, every couple will find a charming vacation that suits their needs! These four destinations are perfect when you and your partner want to escape on a romantic South America trip, but want to avoid the big tourist crowds. Whether you want to indulge in a weekend of wine tasting, or are looking for a more adventurous excursion, there are plenty of amazing opportunities to discover in this region!
1. Sip Your Way Across Maipo Valley, Chile
Just south of Santiago, Chile’s energetic capital city, there is a charming valley full of lush vineyards, decadent wines, and stunning panoramic views that make for the perfect romantic escape. Maipo Valley is one of the most prominent wine-producing regions throughout the entire country, celebrated highly for its take on Cabernet Sauvignon.
The first vines were planted in Chile in the 1500s, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that viticulture bloomed significantly and turned this small, South American country into a thriving wine producer. As time went on, local farmers learned that the environmental factors within the valley produced a unique and delicious flavor in their grapes, and people began to fall in love with Chilean wine. Specifically, wine from the Maipo Valley, which balances mineral-rich soil from the desert and perfect climate conditions.
Globally known as the “Bordeaux of Chile” is a paradise for anyone who enjoys the deep flavors of good red wine. However, this region does still produce some fruity and delicious white wines, so no one will go without a drink they enjoy. As you explore the vineyards hand in hand during your romantic getaway, taste every variety and decide which is your favorite from this region!
A wine tour of the valley is the most delicious way to enjoy the company of your loved one. With new luxury hotels popping up throughout the region, such as Hotel Casa Real, delicious fine-dining options, and a picturesque landscape as the backdrop to every single moment, the Maipo Valley is soon to be one of Chile’s most popular destinations. Take advantage of this gem while it’s still considered an “off-the-grid” destination, and enjoy a private vacation with your partner.
2. Enjoy The Bohemian Port Town of Valparaíso, Chile
For a charming vacation full of art, culture, and lots of delicious cuisine, Valparaíso, Chile offers a South American getaway fit for wanderlusters looking to wander city streets all day long. Valparaíso is known as the “Jewel of the Pacific” because while this is a major port city right along the coastline, it has historically been a gathering place for artists, writers, and travelers who seek new inspiration. This city is a perfect romantic getaway to South America for free-spirit couples who want to wander at their leisure.
If you wanted to, you could spend your entire vacation just walking around the city. Colorful architecture decorates the alleys and avenues of this port town, so for a simple yet exciting adventure that requires little planning, this is the ideal destination. A walking tour will invite you to learn about the history and evolution of Valparaíso, from it’s heyday as the world’s largest port town, to the modern artistic revolution painted across the city walls. If a guided tour isn’t your idea date, go solo and explore together, getting lost and finding your way back through the charming cobblestone streets!
As evening falls, there are plenty of energetic bars and restaurants to visit for a memorable night on the town. If you’re looking for a more youthful adventure, try bar hopping on Calle Cumming, a street lined with plenty of unique spots to sip on local beers, grab Chile’s signature cocktail: the pisco sour, and dance the night away! And if you seek a more elegant date night experience, Chile’s fine dining options are bountiful, boasting authentic cuisine and delicious Chilean wines crafted just outside of town at the neighboring vineyards! If you and your partner’s dream romantic vacation consists of quality time, colorful culture, and a cinematic landscape to top it off, Valparaíso is the perfect destination.
3. Escape to Baños, Ecuador For A Romantic South America Trip
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Amazon with a couples retreat to Baños, Ecuador. Located close to an active volcano, Tungurahua, the city offers plenty of outdoor adventures from hiking to more heart-pounding activities like flying off the edge of a cliff! If you and your partner enjoy an outdoor adventure and relaxing wellness experiences, Baños is the city to visit.
One of the most famous experiences you can enjoy here is the natural hot springs. It’s actually what the city is named after! As you journey to the edge of the town and come up to a large neighboring waterfall, the thermal baths of Baños reveal themselves to you with warm, welcoming waters. The natural pools are open to visitors until the evening, so a date night gazing over the sunset and enjoying a rejuvenating dip into the healing waters.
When you’re both ready to take your trip up a notch, Baños also has plenty of adventure sports to experience that will leave you and your loved one smiling ear-to-ear. Take a ziplining tour through the mountains or plummet through the white-water rapids of Rio Pastaza. One can’t miss the experience here is the swing at the end of the world, which sends you soaring over the edge of a cliff and makes for the perfect photo opportunity. Whatever adventure you are craving, this city will offer much less crowded, and much more affordable options for adrenaline junkies.
If your romantic ideal is experiencing nature in the most peaceful and the most extreme settings, then Baños is a city you have to visit to believe. In addition to the glorious thermal baths, there are plenty of luxurious spa treatments to help you both recover from the long days full of exhilarating excursions throughout the city!
4. Get Cozy at the End of the World In Ushuaia, Argentina
Known as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is often overlooked as a stopping point for travelers heading to Antarctica. However, spending a few days for your next romantic getaway here is an otherworldly experience. Crystal blue waters, lush green hills, and vibrant foliage scattered across the land make Ushuaia one of the most breathtaking destinations on Earth.
Any couple who loves nature will find plenty of exciting opportunities here. Among the most famous is Tierra del Fuego, a region in Patagonia that provides stunning scenery and an abundance of local wildlife that call Ushuaia home. This town is a gateway to all kinds of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like seeing the penguins on Isla Martillo.
While you’re here, be sure to book your stay at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, a magnificent luxury hotel that offers some of the most unbelievable views of the city, and five-star services. Spend the evening relaxing in an outdoor hot tub on their custom-made deck, looking out across the city.
For an escape that makes you and your loved one feel closer than ever, be sure to ask a Kuoda travel expert about any of these destinations, and we will help you plan your very own luxury vacation. Your romantic South America trip is waiting, whether you want nothing but wine and sunshine, or you’re looking for an outdoor adventure to enjoy together. Our team will plan the perfect escape for you, so you can fall in love with South America, and fall deeper in love with your partner.