Chile is a country where all the world’s climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land tucked between the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Andes on the east. Whether you’re looking for a Chilean adventure, relaxation, or sightseeing, this diverse country is a great honeymoon destination offering majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities, glaciers, fjords, and natural wonders galore. Read on for some Chile honeymoon ideas:
You’ll probably fly into Santiago, and a Chile honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without spending a few days in this exciting capital city, characterized in picture postcards by skyscrapers against a stunning snow-capped mountain backdrop. There are lots to see and do here, but the best way to take it all in is on a downtown walking tour through the historic district, where you’ll see breathtakingly beautiful cathedrals − namely Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago, Iglesia de San Francisco, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and Iglesia de los Sacramentinos − as well as marketplaces and museums. The city is easy to navigate on your own, too, since it was designed in a grid-like fashion. For stunning panoramic views, take the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal, the city’s highest hill.
Luciano K, once the tallest building in Santiago, is an Art Deco building just steps from one of Santiago’s top gastronomic neighborhoods. Now it is home to 38 elegant rooms topped by a quirky roof terrace and bar serving up park views and heady pisco sours.
Boragó is one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, where you can enjoy hearty and robust Italian food in the trattoria tradition, made by owner chefs while sipping on expertly made cocktails.
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Valparaíso − nicknamed ‘The Jewel of the Pacific’ − is known for its bohemian culture, brightly colored houses, and beautiful seaside views. A honeymoon in Valparaiso is all about roaming the chaotic, hilly streets, and visiting the markets, restaurants, numerous heritage sites, and nearby beaches. Taking one of the 15 outdoor ascensores for the spectacular hilltop views is one of the must-do things on your honeymoon in this beautiful coastal city. In Valparaiso, you’ll have everything at your fingertips for relaxation and enjoyment.
Casa Higueras, which occupies a 1920s terraced mansion, is a chic boutique hotel perched on a hillside. It offers many luxuries such as an outdoor pool, an elevator, a small spa, and a private garden. Dark wooden floors and corridors create a calm interior that contrasts with the bustle outside, and the views across the bay and back up the hill are magnificent.
The Elqui Valley is the home of the country’s pisco production, so be prepared to taste plenty of this white brandy made from muscat grapes. The region is gorgeous, with mountainous ranges and peaks throughout. Horseback riding through the valley is another romantic activity to do while on your Chile honeymoon.
Head over to one of Chile’s main wine valleys, Casablanca, where you’ll find not only splendid wines but also glorious scenery. Stretching 20 miles east-west from the border of the Valparaíso province, the vine-covered, rolling hills are the perfect backdrop for tasting some of the outstanding cool-climate wines. Cycle through the vineyards, enjoy horseback riding or simply sip Casablanca wine in the beautiful grounds of one of many of its wine estates. The commanding peaks of the Andes are never far away and the sun-kissed, sandy beaches of the coast are a short drive.
Venture north to the Atacama Desert, a real-life wonderland where you can explore the stunning moonscapes, soak in the Puritama Hot Springs, and visit an astronomical observatory for a romantic night of stargazing. Here you’ll find salt flats, active geysers, blue lagoons, and a fabulous view of the Andes. You can ride on horseback along the desert plateau, then return for a romantic dinner date in San Pedro de Atacama, the old-style adobe village at the desert’s edge.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is the only lodge in the region that is totally enveloped by natural surroundings. The lodge’s design was influenced by local village architecture and conceived to blend seamlessly into its environment and appear as a part of the terracotta-colored ridge that rises behind it. With sweeping views, the tranquility and silence, and the hotel’s wonderful outdoor lounge spaces offer you the perfect honeymoon refuge while encouraging you to get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the varied and eerily beautiful desert landscapes by foot or bike. At night, you’ll likely grab a glass of pisco sour or wine and stargaze for hours, either in the garden or perhaps on your private terrace.
In the middle of Chile’s Lake District, on the shores of Lake Villarrica and at the foot of the ever-smoldering Villarrica Volcano, lies Pucón, a little town whose primary purpose is to cater to every whim of its visitors.
Just a 20-minute drive from Pucón, & Beyond Vira Vira is a hacienda-style eco-friendly boutique hotel with a stylish sense of place, the food is superb and you can enjoy a wide range of seasonal activities. Climb up – or ski down – an active volcano, pedal through lush green forests, raft the river rapids, or kayak across the ice-blue expanse of a glacier lake. And that’s just for starters. Afterward, ease your weary honeymoon muscles in a hot tub-for-two, untangle knots with a deep-tissue massage or have a private yoga session. Be sure to take a tour of the gorgeous grounds to discover the organic garden. The three-course set lunches and dinners from the top-notch chef are fine-dining feasts, both healthy and delicious.
If you are looking for honeymoon seclusion, head south to discover the best of Chile and Patagonia. Here, you’ll be surrounded by wild beauty and wildlife.
In the center of Torres del Paine, Patagonia’s most popular park, the sophisticated Explora Patagonia Lodge sits on Lake Pehoe’s shores amongst an exhilarating combination of glaciers, emerald lakes, and mountain peaks. The lodge offers the perfect blend of honeymoon luxury, romance, and adventure, providing healthy delicious meals paired with Chile’s best wines, as well as a spa complete with jacuzzis, a sauna, a heated pool, and massages. A big plus is proximity to adventure activities – horseback riding, trekking, kayaking, and more.
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