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Machu Picchu Honeymoon: A Romantic's Guide To The Ruins

Couple Admiring The Spectacular View Of Machu Picchu

Congratulations! You are married and now ready to set off on your Machu Picchu honeymoon. Your honeymoon to Machu Picchu will have you surrounded by mountainous landscapes, which offer the perfect romantic setting for the two of you to explore. In addition, there are many hiking and relaxing activities available to do in Machu Picchu, making this destination the ideal place for active couples looking for a new adventure.

When to Go

Machu Picchu has two seasons — wet (October-April) and dry (May-September). Taking your honeymoon during the dry season may be a bit more crowded, but you can avoid the risks of weather delays that can occur during the wet season. Your honeymoon during the dry season will offer amazing views, but make sure to bring warm clothes because it can get chilly at night.

Sunset At Machu Picchu

Sunset At Machu Picchu

What to See

Located between the Andes Mountains is the Inca city of Machu Picchu. This area is full of ancient history and romantic views. Your honeymoon vacation to Machu Picchu is the perfect place to release the stress associated with wedding planning by exploring the mysteries which lie in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together you can immerse yourselves in the tranquility, and natural energy Machu Picchu has to offer.

Machu Picchu is home to many stone structures set in breathtaking scenery offering plenty of romantic adventures. However, one attraction you do not want to miss is seeing the Intihuatana Stone, nicknamed the “Hitching Post of the Sun.” This structure was used in many sacred rituals and believed to tether the sun on its annual path across the sky.

Other must-see attractions during your honeymoon vacation include the Sun Gate, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and Cave of the Sun.

What to Do

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu to learn about the history and legends of the ruins. Taking a privately guided tour offers you the opportunity to tour the ruins as a couple and not as part of a large group, creating a very intimate experience. Additionally, your tour guide will know all the popular romantic locations for couples to visit, making it possible for you to create and capture romantic memories during your first getaway as a married couple.

Finally, if you enjoy hiking, there are plenty of opportunities to see some breathtaking views and enjoy a serene location once you reach the top of the mountains and from the many terraces. We recommended getting two entrances to Machu Picchu on consecutive days to divide your exploration allowing you to experience all the mystery Machu Picchu holds at a more leisurely pace.

Where to Dine

There is a quaint restaurant located near the entrance of Machu Picchu, which is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat on your honeymoon vacation. The Tinkuy Restaurant offers a buffet filled with Peruvian dishes, salads, breads, desserts, and more. Additionally, this restaurant hosts live Andean music, which helps enhance the local vibe.

There are many other restaurants available for honeymooners to dine when visiting Machu Picchu. One of the must-experience restaurants is the Full House Peruvian Cuisine in Aguas Calientes, which offers an intimate setting and delicious food which is beautifully presented. Another restaurant in nearby Aguas Calientes is Chullpi Restaurant which offers honeymooners cozy ambiance, and a menu full of Peruvian cuisine options.

Exterior Of The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge By Belmond

Exterior Of The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge By Belmond

Places to Stay

Many hotels near Machu Picchu, including five-star hotels, offer the most romantic options for honeymooners. The Belmond Sanctuary is located right at the gates of Machu Picchu and is the most luxurious of the local hotels. This hotel is the perfect place for honeymooners to stay, offering options to enjoy meals prepared by Peruvian chefs on your terrace and experience the many other romantic inclusions available during your stay.

Additionally, the Belmond Sanctuary offers hotel gardens to stroll through, coca leaf reading ceremonies, and Pachamama Tribute Ceremonies to participate in for health and prosperity wishes. Guests at Belmond Sanctuary have private access to the ruins, which means you can sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed before going out to explore.

The nearby town of Aguas Calientes is home to another romantic hotel that is perfect for honeymooners. The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is nestled among terraced hills and waterfalls, with stone pathways offering the ideal setting for a romantic evening stroll. After a long day of exploring, you can head back to your hotel and enjoy time together in the spa and then head back to your cabin-style room for a romantic evening alone.

One of the most romantic activities while staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is exploring the orchid garden. This garden is home to 372 different orchid species, and according to the American Orchid Society, this garden holds the world record for the number of species. Another romantic tour at this hotel is the Tea House, which includes learning about the tea-making process and sipping on fresh tea. Other must-experience tours at this hotel for honeymooners include the cloud forest bird watching tour, the nature walk, and the twilight walk.

If five-star is not in your honeymoon plans, Aguas Calientes is also home to Casa Del Sol. This hotel offers a warm atmosphere for honeymoons and a fantastic dining experience. The rooms with views of the river will offer the most romantic experience, complete with breathtaking views.

Spa At The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel By Inkaterra

Spa At The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel By Inkaterra

Opportunities to Relax

A must-experience during your honeymoon vacation is to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. These hot springs offer thermal steam pools where couples can relax and soak away any stresses. Additionally, many of the luxury hotels in the area provide spas for couples looking to relax together after exploring Machu Picchu.

Boarding The Hiram Bingham Train By Belmond

Boarding The Hiram Bingham Train By Belmond

Honeymoon Travel Tips

Below are some honeymoon travel tips to help make your visit to Machu Picchu as enjoyable as possible:

  • To avoid crowds, visit Machu Picchu early in the morning or later in the day. By visiting in the morning, you have the opportunity to watch a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains.
  • Pack a small backpack with a camera, rain jacket, water, and a snack.
  • Be prepared for weather changes. During the rainy season, bring appropriate clothing to keep you dry. Also, bring a jacket for cool mornings and evenings.
  • A limited number of visitors are allowed per day to enter Huayna Picchu, and it is the most popular trek. If you wish to do this hike, it is recommended to get your spot a few months in advance.
  • If you do not plan to hike the Inca Trail, consider taking an exclusive private train to Machu Picchu for a more romantic experience or ride the Hiram Bingham Train from the Belmond Sanctuary.
  • Before leaving Peru, spend time in nearby Sacred Valley, where you can stay at a great resort and spend time exploring more Inca sites.

Honeymooning at Machu Picchu offers you the opportunity to create ultimate memories as you start your new life together. The mountain setting is perfect for cozying up and exploring for a unique bonding experience.


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