Ruins, Rainforest & Romance: Seven Journeys to Stir Your Latin Passion

You’ve heard of ‘Latin passion’? Well we’ve collected a few ideas for anyone looking to celebrate plus add a bit of passion into their trip ideas to South or Central America, or Antarctica!


1. Weddings – in Antarctica? Cool Couples Only!
As weird and unlikely as it may sound it can and has been done! Is there not a more unique, memorable and “exotic” destination to commit to the one you love than Antarctica? Don’t worry, the penguins never under-dress! Here’s some Antarctic travel ideas.


2. Renew your vows at the gateway to Machu Picchu
Experience a traditional Shaman ceremony at the Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge just steps away from the mystical and magical Machu Picchu, Peru. Machu Picchu is literally on everyone’s bucket-list, but instead of rushing up and down like most tourists, step away from the crowds and have a personal and physical connection with the people around the lost city of the Incas. Here’s a travel idea from Cusco on the train to Machu Picchu, but there are of course many ways to get to the lost city of the Inca!


3. Hide away in your Belizean Beach Villa, with a private butler.
Snow-white sands, crystal clear blue waters, stunning sunsets and Caribbean sunrises all on or near the world’s second largest barrier reef, make Belize the perfect wedding, honeymoon or romance getaway. Cayo Espanto, shown above, is a 5 star property and one of the country’s finest resorts. Belize is mere hours from North America, and they speak English as their first language too! Here are a few travel ideas to Belize.


4. Romance in the Rainforest
Costa Rica is home to amazing beaches, cloud forest, nature rich mangroves, wild rivers and rainforests. Mix soft adventure with stunning spas, resorts and romance in Costa Rica, and learn exactly what ‘Pura Vida’ means. We have a popular travel idea in Costa Rica you might find interesting, with options to self-drive instead of having a guide and car.


5. A candle-lit dinner on the fortress walls of colonial Cartagena
Seen in Hollywoods ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, and ‘Romancing the Stone’, Cartagena, Colombia is one of the finest, walled colonial cities in the world, rivaling Havana and Cusco. Imagine dancing through cobble-stoned plazas as live music and Caribbean rhythms suddenly convince you why the pirates of days of old had every reason to constantly try to capture this incredibly beautiful city. Here’s our Cartagena city stopover idea for travel ideas. Colombia has a lot to offer, from the Coffee region, mountainous Bogota, the Trek to the lost city, and Santa Marta.


6. Dine on the edge of a Volcano
After visiting the Amazon, the Galapagos or the Ecuadorian cloud forest (or all three!), round off your next trip to Ecuador with an unforgettable dinner on the side of a Volcano, overlooking Quito at the Rumiloma Restaurant. FYI: Quito enjoys eternal spring weather.

For more information, see our Ecuador travel ideas.


7. Squeeze in Iguassu Falls between Tango and Samba in Latin America’s Sexiest Cities:
Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero are best stirred together. Connect from Brazil into Argentina at the epic waterfalls of Iguassu, the largest in the World, where the two countries share a border. Fusing lush rain-forest and wildlife encounters with the European elegance of Buenos Aires, and the seductive charm of risqué Rio….the hardest thing is packing: Bathing suits, Hiking gear and nicer-clothes to dress up in!

We have a route taking in both cities of Rio and Buenos Aires plus, with Iguassu falls , which we call Clasico Latino, see here for Argentina first, or Brazil first.

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Don Forster
Don Forster

General Manager, Central & South America -
Born in Australia and raised in Canada and Papua New Guinea, Don took his first solo trip to Bali – aged just 13. Since then, Don’s travels have taken him to every continent. He’s been a backpacker in Asia, Europe and Egypt, an overland adventurer in East and Southern Africa, and an overland driver in South and Central America. He is especially fond of Peru, Patagonia and Namibia, though his longest adventure to date has been a London to Kathmandu run via the Middle East.

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