Honeymoon in Peru: 5 TipsWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Courtney Cox
Discover helpful tips for making the most out of an adventurous honeymoon to Peru. In the Honeymoon Hideaways section in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue, you will find a feature on the breathtaking South American country of Peru. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and honeymoon in the Sacred Valley. Hike Machu Picchu while discovering Peru’s cultural charm and heritage. DID’s hosts, Mountain Lodges of Peru, gave me an in-depth look into the Quechua culture and an alternative route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. As a result, I came away forever changed and with some recommendations on how you can have the most amazing honeymoon possible in Peru.
- Cash is King: It’s always smart to carry some cash when traveling abroad, but it’s a necessity in both Lima and the more rural mountain villages of Peru. Be sure to convert your money into small denominations of the local currency. Some of the more rural purveyors are unlikely to have change for large bills. Also, be sure that none of the bills you're given during the currency exchange are too worn or torn. A lot of vendors will turn away bills with even the slightest tear.
- Altitude Acclimatization: My only concern for the five-day hiking trek with Mountain Lodges of Peru was how my body would deal with the high altitude. For example, one eight-hour hike had a max height of 14,600’. In order to reduce the likelihood of altitude sickness, it’s highly recommended that you spend at least two days in Lima or Cusco and stay as hydrated as possible.
- Open Your Heart: Local, rural families will likely open their homes to you, so be respectful and prepare to be amazed at their traditional way of life. It’s very possible you will see children and families along the road en route to some of the more rural villages. If you would like, I would recommend buying healthy snacks at the market in Lima or Cusco and/or helpful trinkets to gift to the locals.
- Break the Mold: The morning is the most popular tourist time for Machu Picchu, but a visit in the afternoon grants you soft sunlight and far less people. If possible, I strongly encourage you to visit the ancient citadel once in the evening and once in the morning. It’s tough to see everything in one day – especially if you want to make the 45-minute hike (each way) to the Sun Gate, which I also highly recommend.
- Do Your Research: I had wanted to travel to Peru since I was a kid, so I knew a lot about the culture and Inca ruins prior to my trip. If you’re lucky enough to travel with Mountain Lodges of Peru, they will provide you with lots of helpful, informational packets. These will contain (among other things) the details of your hikes, basic Quechua phrases and recommendations for your time in Lima. If you’re honeymooning on your own, you will get much more out of your time in Peru if you go into it with some background on the country’s history.
To read all about my romantic adventure to Peru, pick up the latest copy of Destination I Do magazine – our Fall/Winter 2016 issue. The Honeymoon Hideaways section also sports features on love-focused, out-of-the-box destinations like China and Belize.
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