At every turn, a honeymoon in Peru is a newlywed’s dream. Award-winning gastronomy, first-rate luxury hotels and spas, world-famous treks, and 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are just the tip of the iceberg.
The breadth of landscape and richness of culture, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Pacific coast to the Machu Picchu citadel, is awe-inspiring. You and your sweetheart can connect with vibrant local communities, traverse sprawling Andean valleys, or simply kick back and relax in rejuvenating hot springs. No matter your path, your Peru honeymoon will open your heart and enthrall your senses. If you’re inclined to visit some archaeological sites during your romantic holiday too don’t forget to read our list on the 21 Best Ancient Ruins to Visit in Peru.
The Most Romantic Destinations in Peru
Exploring the longest mountain range in the world with your special someone can be quite a majestic experience. This is because the Peruvian Andes are bursting with famed destinations, including the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the culturally-rich Sacred Valley, and the historic city of Cusco.
Among all of these snowy peaks and green valleys exist an abundance of luxurious hideaways and romantic quests for couples of all types.
For example, you can stay at a sumptuous resort along the Urubamba River, luxuriating in wellness treatments and basking in the sun. You can immerse yourself in the colonial charm of Cusco and enjoy 5-star accomodations, while delighting in local cuisine and handcrafted libations. Or, you can even hike and camp along early Inca footpaths on one of the most famous treks in the world: The Inca Trail.
The Andes Mountains are a wonderland for couples of all types. To illustrate, for the adventurers, there is ziplining, white water rafting, llama trekking, mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, and horseback riding. For the culture enthusiasts, there are Pachamama ceremonies, agro-artisan tours, and folkloric shows. For foodies, there are rooftop cooking classes, bean-to-bar chocolate making workshops, and near-endless local delicacies to try.
The Amazon Rainforest
There is an undeniable aura of mystery and romance that surrounds the Amazon Rainforest. In every giant Ceiba tree and pink river dolphin; in the fresh mangoes and passion fruit; in the native local communities, there is a magnificent story waiting to unfold. What better place to grow in love than the largest rainforest on earth?
Imagine relaxing in a cozy, private cabaña, hand-in-hand with your companion, looking out into pristine jungle. Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to the southern Peruvian amazon, with beautiful lodges nestled along the Madre de Dios river within the Tambopata National Reserve.
The Madre de Dios River is part of the vast Amazon River watershed feeding oxbow lakes and meandering tributaries; and the Tambopata National reserve is a protected area bustling with Amazon Rainforest animals such as macaws, squirrel monkeys, sloths, ocelots, giant otters, and more.
Possible excursions include a dugout canoe trip to Lake Sandoval, a canopy walk 95 feet above the forest floor, romantic twilight river paddles, catch-and-release fishing, and visits to local farms, cacao plantations, and communities to learn the native way of life.
If you prefer to honeymoon directly on the Amazon River itself, head to the Iquitos area for a dreamy multi-day river cruise through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here you can indulge in panoramic river views directly from your luxury cabin and partake in a variety of exciting jungle activities.
Touch the sky from the highest navigable body of water in the world. The epicenter of Andean folklore, Lake Titicaca is said to be the “Birthplace of the Incas.” Your getaway in the clouds presents numerous opportunities to interact with the lake itself and the people who call it home.
Travelers access Lake Titicaca via the quaint city of Puno, a place known for its immense cultural festivals of dance, music, and storytelling, notably the month-long Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria.
From the city, launch into the lake to revel in the spectacular scenery and visit unique islands. Highlights include Taquile Island, where you can hike to a viewpoint and enjoy the local plaza and market; and the floating, man-made Uros Islands, where you can learn about the local traditions and explore the impressive homes, boats, and the islands themselves made entirely from totora reeds.
From here, you can spend the night at an opulent lakeside resort or a rustic homestay. At the lakeside resort, spend some alone time with your sweetie taking in the vistas, relaxing in the spa, and kayaking. At the homestay, connect with a host family, enjoy a warm home-cooked meal, and tour a local temple.
A modern South American city on the Pacific with some of the best food in the world? Lima is the perfect spot for intimate moments rounded off with delicious meals. The capital of Peru, this city is a melting pot with European, Andean, Asian, and African influence—and a blend of interesting bohemian, cosmopolitan, commercial, and historic districts.
Typically honeymooners stay in the financial district of San Isidro, the artsy neighborhood of Barranco, or the coastal metropolis of Miraflores. Accommodations throughout the districts range from adorable boutique to luxury 5 star.
Must-see stops include El Malecón, which is 2+ miles of continuous parks that overlook the ocean; Larcomar, an open concept, ocean-view shopping mall with many shops and restaurants; Larco Museo, an impressive museum with pre-Columbian art and artifacts; Huaca Pucllana, expansive ancient ruins located right in the city; Parque Kennedy, a tourist hotspot in the heart of Miraflores; and Centro, the historic center of Lima, highlighted by Spanish colonial architecture, gorgeous cathedrals, intriguing museums, and the government palace.
Going back to food, Lima actually has 3 restaurants listed on the top 50 restaurants in the world. You can visit these lavish locales or enjoy one of the many other food experiences, including cooking classes, gastronomic tours, wine and cheese tastings, and chocolate making workshops.
Paracas & Nazca
All kinds of magic await in the coastal deserts of Peru. Playful marine life, towering dunes, mystifying geoglyphs, and yummy pisco set the stage for a fun and uplifting experience. The Ica desert is most famously known for the Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands, and the Nazca Lines.
The Paracas National Reserve is a conservation zone for desert and marine ecosystems and is replete with wildlife, beautiful sand beaches, and 65 archaeological sites. The Ballestas Islands can be accessed by a tour boat from Paracas and serve as a sanctuary for marine fauna, including blue-footed boobies, Humboldt penguins, fur seals, and sea lions.
Created sometime between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are an archaeological wonder. There are about 300 massive geoglyphic figures that cover more than 300 square miles near the town of Nazca. The mysterious lines can be viewed via an overflight of the area, with popular sightings being the hummingbird, monkey, and condor.
See all of this and more with your home base being a sumptuous waterfront resort in the fishing village of Paracas. Enjoy an exhilarating afternoon of dune buggy and sandboarding, stroll through the desert oasis of Huacachina, watch the sunset on the dunes with a bottle of wine, or visit a winery and learn the process of making Pisco, the national drink of Peru. The desert is ripe for post-wedding escapades.
Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world—twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! The gateway to Colca Canyon is Arequipa, a beautiful city framed by 3 mighty volcanos. Known as “the white city,” many of the buildings are made from sillar, a gorgeous white volcanic stone. Relish in your time here by strolling the streets hand in hand—admiring the architecture and trying some delicious local meals before dipping into the canyon.
Whether you are looking for adventure or pure tranquility, Colca has it. You can hike the canyon, go horseback riding, or zipline across the canyon walls. Or, to get that rest you both deserve, take to one of the many hot springs and settle into an invigorating bath while taking in the mountain views by day and twinkling starlight by night. Some of the luxury lodges in the area even have their own hot springs and spa on site, making for a wellness retreat unlike anywhere else in the world.
On your tour of the canyon, you will have a chance to see the legendary Andean Condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world with a wingspan of 10 feet 6 inches. You will also travel through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, catching stunning vistas of volcanos, lagoons, and wild vicuñas (a smaller cousin of the llama).
Peru Honeymoon Itineraries
Peru for Less has more than 20 years of experience crafting high-quality, custom trips for couples across the globe. As a result, we have found the most romantic and exhilarating destinations and experiences in the country to manifest your dream honeymoon.
Itinerary #1: The Adventure
For those active honeymooners, check out these adrenaline-pumping experiences that take you through Peru via bike, dune buggy, kayak, ATV, and the famous Inca Trail. All this, with time to spare for decadent dining, star-gazing, and a trip to the spa.
Destinations: Lima, Paracas, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
The bohemian neighborhood where your honeymoon starts.
“The adventure begins on 2 wheels. If you are looking for a fun and original way to enjoy the city in only 4 hours, I recommend our Huariques and Bike tour. During your romantic ride, you will visit the colorful, coastal “Park of Love.” Also, you will try 5 local restaurants and see for yourself what makes Lima the gastronomic capital of South America.” – Arnaud Balanche of Limi Bici Tours
Central, located in the artsy district of Barranco, is listed among the top 10 restaurants in the entire world. With creativity and ingenuity, the Central team serves up dishes inspired by the many different elevations and ecosystems in Peru. To showcase, a luscious 17-course spread brings you from the deepest oceans to the highest peaks of the country.
An exciting getaway in the desert dunes.
Magic Desert Sunset
Quest into the heart of the desert for this romantic sunset experience. But before that, get your adrenaline pumping with an exhilarating dune buggy ride, complete with an opportunity to sandboard. Next, reach your luxurious camp adorned with carpets, cushions, and panoramic desert views. Here you will watch the colorful sunset while sipping on wine or champagne and enjoying light snacks.
Waterfront cuddles in the clouds.
Isla Suasi is the only private island on Lake Titicaca. The perfect spot for intimate moments, you can enjoy spectacular lake views right from your room, go kayaking, take a sunset canoe ride, hike the island, or get a relaxing massage. You can also take day trips to Uros and Taquille Islands to learn about the fascinating traditions of the area.
Journey through Andean art and astronomy.
With flowers painted across the walls and ceilings, love blooms from every corner of this bright boutique hotel. Up a little hill from the Plaza de Armas, the property features cozy rooms and a courtyard with a garden. The hotel gets its name from Peruvian retablos, which are traditional portable altars with three-dimensional figures depicting religious and everyday events and can be found in abundance on site.
No adventure is complete without a journey into the stars. Planetarium Cusco provides an intriguing look into the Andean cosmovision and its starry legends. Start your experience in the interpretation room to learn how the Incas viewed the heavens, continue with a projection of the night sky and constellations, and end outside with live observation of stars, nebulae, and planets with professional telescopes (weather permitting).
Rev up and slow down in the mystical valleys.
ATV in the Southern Sacred Valley
Few things are as thrilling as zooming through beautiful landscapes at high speed. During the ATV tour, you and your honey can drive in tandem or side by side through the southern valley both on the trail and off-road. Visits include the colonial town of Oropesa, as well as the fascinating Tipon Archaeological Site. No experience necessary and safety equipment plus a practice session is provided.
Aranwa takes wellness and relaxation to the next level. Nestled along the Vilcanota River, this nature retreat provides sumptuous rooms and amenities. You can spend your free time relaxing in the jacuzzi, admiring the mountain views, or taking to the incredible spa. From yoga classes to Andean rituals and cleansings, to aromatic massages, the services here are not to be missed.
2-Day Inca Trail
The 2-day version of this famous trail consists of a full day of hiking, followed by a night at a cozy hotel before your Machu Picchu citadel tour the next morning. The trek has stops at the archaeological complex of Chachabamba, as well as the Wiñay Wayna ruins—which means “Eternal Youth” in Quechua. Catch your first glimpses of Machu Picchu through Inti Punku, or the “Sun Gate.”
You made it! Time for your epic Machu Picchu photo as a newly married couple.
Itinerary #2: The Classic
Enjoy the best of Peru with a sprinkle of honeymoon magic. Sample traditional dishes in Lima, stay in an artsy hideaway along the cobblestone streets of Cusco, take to your own private casita in the Sacred Valley, and join in a mystical ceremony at the base of Machu Picchu.
Destinations: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Savor one of the food capitals of the world.
Some newlyweds prefer sea views, some opt for cultural landmarks and others choose more exotic experiences. Why compromise? The Lima Gourmet food tours take you on an adventure in one evening that includes a beachfront cocktail demo at sunset, artful Amazonian dishes and a jungle cooking lesson, local recipes under the stars amid pre-Incan ruins, and time to explore the bohemian streets of the Barranco district.” – Samantha Lewis of Lima Gourmet Company
Stroll the historic streets and relax like royalty.
Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique
After a day of taking in the plaza, the nearby restaurants, and adorable markets, crash in the fully-restored, 16th-century treasure that is Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique. This 4-star boutique hotel is in the heart of Cusco and features local antiques and a collection of records that can be enjoyed from a gramophone. Luxury amenities include an award-winning restaurant, Jacuzzi bathtubs, robes and slippers, and complimentary breakfast.
Revered ruins and cozy casitas.
The Sacred Valley is bejeweled with spectacular ruins and natural sites. The Maras salt pans, for example, feature expansive mountainside salt ponds that pre-date the Incas and are owned exclusively by the local community. The nearby Moray ruins are deep bowl-shaped terraces that are believed to have been a sophisticated agricultural laboratory for the Incas. You can check out these gems by foot or horseback.
“If time allows, I would always put honeymooners in Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, in the casitas. Each “casita” is stand alone, so they’re private. They have stunning views of the valley and mountains, with a small patio. Plus, the hotel has small excursions if the couple wants to keep busy—or they can simply sit back and enjoy the spa and the scenery.” – Peru Travel Expert Jackie Becker
Authentic ceremony and world famous ruins.
This luxury resort offers 62 spacious and stylish guest rooms at the base of Machu Picchu. Choose a suite with river view and jacuzzi for that extra little something. In terms of special honeymoon activities, Sumaq offers traditional Andean ceremonies and even vow renewal with a shaman. This is a profound way to consecrate your love in one of the most mystical places in the world.
Itinerary #3: The Nature
Peru is a nature-lover’s paradise. This honeymoon special takes you to an intimate coastal villa, a luxury Amazon lodge, and to the birdsong-filled orchid gardens surrounding Machu Picchu. You will even have a chance to stop and give thanks to mother earth in a traditional ceremony in the Sacred Valley.
Destinations: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Take it slow by the sea.
“Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels is an ideal place to include in your honeymoon plan. With only 9 rooms, you can enjoy an intimate experience and live like a local. That is, hear the ocean waves, sense the artistic atmosphere, and explore the nearby gastronomy, galleries, and history at your leisure. It is the perfect chance to unwind by the seaside and familiarize yourself with this special neighborhood.” – Diana Macera of Ananay Hotels
Eco-luxury lodge in the Amazon.
Enjoy the best of both worlds in the lap of luxury surrounded by the remote wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest. Upgrade to a suite for extra privacy and personal plunge pools to cool off after the day’s exciting jungle adventures. The lodge’s à la carte adventures will leave you in awe, hiking amongst the tallest trees, meandering down the Madre de Dios river, and birdwatching from their canopy walkways.
Refresh in a colonial mansion.
Experience Cusco like few travelers can in this exceptional 16th-century manor house turned luxury boutique hotel. One cannot help but admire the detail in the restored colonial architecture and the bringing together of colonial and Pre-Columbian decor. With only 11 elegantly appointed suites, you are guaranteed only the best personalized service, and the mystical cobbled streets of Cusco’s historic center are just outside your door.
Organic gardens and gratitude to the earth.
Fall in love with this historic and charming hotel in the small Andean town of Ollantaytambo, conveniently located next to the train station without losing its country feel. Stroll through their organic farm equipped with 500-year-old canal systems, sip locally sourced coffee and spirits at their cafe, or sit in bliss in the lush garden taking in the aromas of the fruit trees as you watch colorful hummingbirds whizzing by.
In the midst of exploring the wondrous earthscapes of Peru, you can partake in a traditional Andean ceremony to offer your gratitude to Pachamama, or mother earth. A traditional Pako, or Andean shaman, will facilitate the experience and offer you 3 coca leaves into which you will transmit your prayers, thanks, and wishes. Then your leaves will be presented to a traditional altar in this ritual of restoring ayni, or reciprocity between humans and the earth.
The biodiversity surrounding the ancient metropolis.
Be transported by this enchanting hotel as you meander through the stone pathways past terraced hills, waterfalls, and the world’s largest native orchid garden to your own whitewashed adobe casita. The hotel sits on 12 acres of pristine nature tucked away in the Peruvian cloud forest, teeming with hundreds of bird species. After visiting the sacred citadel, wallow in the exquisite natural landscape or indulge in an Andean spa treatment.
Itinerary #4: The Relax
Take in all of Peru’s majesty in an air of pure tranquility. These selections sweetly blend utmost relaxation, Andean culture, and prized Peruvian cuisine. From hot springs in Colca Canyon to a riverside resort in the Sacrey Valley, your retreat awaits in full bloom.
Destinations: Lima, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Luxury spa in the high-end San Isidro.
This urban wellness oasis is centrally located in a modern and commercial section of the city, nearby upscale restaurants, shopping, and beautiful parks. The hotel boasts of elegant, modern rooms and on site bars, cafes, restaurants, and lounges. Perhaps the most notable feature is the deeply relaxing Heavenly Spa™. The largest urban spa in Latin America, you and your spouse can indulge in a variety of exclusive spa treatments.
Astrid y Gaston
Later, head over to Astrid y Gaston, also located in the San Isidro neighborhood near the beautiful, olive tree-filled Parque el Olivar. Astrid y Gaston was listed several times among the top 50 restaurants in the world and features contemporary Peruvian cuisine that pays tribute to its ancestral roots. Allow their in-house sommeliers to compliment your exquisite tasting menu with an excellent, personalized wine pairing.
Hot springs immersed in pure nature.
With a privileged location and a design inspired by the old pre-Inca constructions, Colca Lodge has used mud, stone and straw to create a magical environment where the rooms blend with the gardens and these with the cultivation fields. In addition to this, it has hot springs with different temperatures located in a natural environment where the magic of the elements takes on an extraordinary dimension. – Daniela Vilca Chávez of Colca Lodge
Artisanal delights and Andean hospitality.
Casa San Blas
Casa San Blas Boutique is located in the artisans quarter of Cusco, just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas. This area is filled with art galleries as well as colorful handicrafts, and gracefully blends the Spanish and Inca cultures. The hotel itself is a true tribute to Andean wisdom, and ancient teachings can be felt throughout the comfortable guestrooms, rustic courtyard, and on site Tika Bistro.
Relaxing massage and farm-to-table cuisine.
Tambo del Inka
Stay at a Sacred Valley luxury hotel and enjoy all the goodness of the Sacred Valley from one spectacular place. Tambo del Inka is a 5-star Luxury Collection Resort from Libertador features deluxe rooms and luxurious suites among the blooming riverside gardens, emerald lagoons, and the imposing Andes. Also, Kallpa Spa offers a variety of services with rejuvenating Inca ingredients.
Farm to Table Meal
It is indeed a humbling experience to be able to enjoy a meal where you can wander the fields where the food is grown and meet the farmers who tend them. In the fertile Sacred Valley, treat your taste buds to a traditional Peruvian pachamanca, or “earth oven” experience where those local products are cooked in the very earth that bore them.
A tailored tour of this new world wonder.
Private Citadel Circuit
See the ruins at your pace on your own private Machu Picchu tour. A private tour ensures specialized attention and more time to snap that perfect picture with these world-famous relics.
Our travel experts live and breathe all things Peru travel, so you can sit back and enjoy while we take care of the logistics. Every last hike, menu, lodge, guide, and experience found here has been personally vetted time and time again by our team for utmost quality and value. Below you can find first-hand feedback from our travel experts and testimonials from our travelers—along with the initial steps to start planning the honeymoon of your dreams.
Expert Travel Tips
Our in-house experts shared their own recommendations and passion for Peru.
“I would definitely recommend for the adventurous newlyweds activities such as zip-lining or a day trek, culinary activities like a cooking class or chocolate workshop, or even a community service day, depending on their interests. Then they are not only SEEING Peru but also making a fun memory of DOING something unique together.
Most importantly, don’t be shy! Let us know you’re celebrating. We would love to ensure your experience is all the more special.” – Jackie Becker
“As general advice, a couple’s massage is a nice option at a 4-star or 5-star hotel. I think a great way to set it up is with a free day toward the end of the trip, regardless of the destination. Or, if they have a long trip and/or if they’re coming off of a multi-day trek, building in a free day with a massage mid-trip is also a wonderful idea.” – Laura Olds
“For those honeymooning on a budget, the honeymoon suite and panoramic suite in Rupa Wasi is amazing. I stayed in one of the suites when I went and had a tour of the area. It is beautiful. The panoramic suite is perched pretty high, and when you enter, you have really great views as well as a really nice bathtub. The other suite gives you your own porch. It is far enough away from the city center where you don’t hear all the noise and bustle, and you can enjoy nature as there are a lot of surrounding trees.” – Megan McKenna
Testimonials From Happy Couples
Stacey & Jordan
“My husband and I booked Peru for Less for our honeymoon in February 2019. Based upon an acquaintance’s experience with Peru for Less, as well as my research of tour companies in Peru, I was confident that this Peru for Less was the best tour company for us, based on quality and affordability. All I can say is that our experience was AMAZING!!! We worked with Jackie Becker, one of the travel consultants with Peru for Less and she was extremely helpful, responsive, and accommodating in customizing the perfect itinerary for us. We went to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. All of the hotels that Jackie recommended for us were in fantastic locations and were beautiful and clean. Additionally, all of our tours (both private and group) were excellent and the tour guides were all very knowledgable and passionate about their culture.
Jackie must have told the hotels that we were on our honeymoon because each hotel had a little something special for us upon arrival, wishing us a happy honeymoon. We were met at each site (picked up at airport and transportation to/from all tours, etc) by a Peru for Less representative, who was friendly and prompt in meeting us. We felt completely taken care of and not one detail was missed. We needed to use the Peru for Less emergency number one day (around 12 am) because my husband left his camera in one of the vans. They took care of the issue immediately and were very patient and helpful in getting the camera back to us.
We found the people of Peru to be very warm and inviting and just wonderful! We loved our time in Peru and could not have asked for a better honeymoon, thanks to Peru for Less. We are entirely grateful and would highly recommend Peru for Less to anyone!”
Alehi & Gabriel
“Thank you so much for your email. Gabriel and I had an amazing time— in fact, we both felt like this was one of the best vacations we’ve ever taken together. We got to see so many incredible places, and didn’t have to do too much in terms of planning. You made it so easy! All of our guides (especially Daniel in Tambopata & Fabrizio in Cusco) were outstanding. Our accommodations were wonderful- especially Refugio Amazonas. That was the most unique experience I’ve ever had. A tip for future Refugio Travelers, they conduct a separate night walk to study moths/night insects. It doesn’t sound super exciting, but you get to take an almost private walk with a resident biologist and then you get to collect moths. If you discover a new species, they will name it after you. It’s not well advertised, but if you attend all the biology lectures they’ll tell you about it. We really enjoyed doing that on our last night.
Again, I really want to thank you for all that you did for Gabriel and I. You made the whole planning process so easy (seriously, the hardest part was narrowing down the places to visit and which hotels sounded like the most fun!). I really appreciated the help when our flight got in earlier than expected! I have already started recommending you, and Peru for Less, to all of my friends considering visiting Peru. Gabriel and I had never considered using a travel agent before — given we usually love to search reviews and generally be flexible with our travel itinerary. If we hadn’t gone through you, I’m certain we wouldn’t have seen HALF the things on our own.”
Planning Your Peru Honeymoon
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Gina loves the hidden turquoise rivers of the Andes, the magical pink dolphins of the Amazon, and the lush ocean-view parks of Lima. She finds Peru to be the most inspiring country in the world, and has been exploring and writing about this sacred place since 2014.