Luxury adventure travel can be life changing—do it with someone you love and you can take your relationship to a whole other level. Looking for some of the best places in the world to do luxury adventure travel with your special someone? Try one of these destinations listed below. (Hint: If you haven’t noticed, we really like South America.)
When you think of the Galapagos Islands, the first thing that comes to mind for most people are, of course, the animals. A protected part of the world dotted with mist-covered volcanoes, it’s here that adventurous travelers can follow the footsteps of Charles Darwin and get up close and personal with the endless species of endangered giant tortoises, sea lions, flamingos, Galapagos penguins, sleeping sharks, marine iguanas, finches and more that inspired his famous theory of evolution. For a little luxury with your ecotourism, stay at Pikaia Lodge, where $1,100+-per-night hotel room rates will buy you a stay packed with five-star cuisine, an infinity-edge pool, a spa, a high-tech lounge and every luxury amenity you could hope for. With plenty of diving, snorkeling, surfing, boating, hiking, canopy walks high above the forest floor and more, you and your special someone are sure to have an adventurous trip, with a beautiful backdrop, that’s steeped in romance.
Have you ever been to Namibia? If you love a combination of adrenaline-pumping activities and stunning landscapes, this part of Africa is for you. Tucked in the northern part of wild Namibia, Etosha National Park is home to the largest free-roaming populations of black rhinos, cheetahs, lions and elephants in the world. If you make it all the way out there, make sure to stop by nearby Swakopmund, on the coast, and use that as your starting point to go sand boarding or sand sledding on Skeleton Coast’s dramatic sand dunes. Stay at one of the Onguma The Fort lodges, a luxury lodge on the outskirts of Etosha National Park, and not only will you be in the perfect location to explore all that Namibia has to offer… but you’ll get the best sunset views over the Etosha pan, too.
If you’ve seen the movie Avatar, you’ve been to Zhangjiajie, China without even knowing it. That’s right—China's Hunan Province, with its mystical mountain peaks covered in mist, was the inspiration for the Disney Pixar movie’s imaginary world (now Walt Disney World theme park!), Pandora. Adventurous couples who visit Zhangjiajie can hike through Xianren Qiao’s sandstone landscapes, wander over a narrow rock “Bridge of the Immortals,” go whitewater rafting down the gorges of Mengdong River, or explore Huang Shi Zhai, a village that’s only reachable by climbing 3,800 steps.
There’s so much to see and do in Brazil! But if you’re an adventurous couple looking for a romantic getaway, there’s only one place you need go: the Chapada Diamantina highlands. Named for the region’s famous diamond mines, this hidden treasure is an oasis of beautiful waterfalls, the sparkling Poco Azul cavern pool, a giant garden brimming with wild orchids, and the crystal-clear Lake Paratinha, to name a few. While there, hike up Morro Pai Inácio, a table-top mountain, or throw on your bathing suit and slide down the flat rocks peeking out of Mucugezinho’s endless waterfalls. It’s a haven for couples looking for luxury adventure travel—those beautiful views alone are sure to set the mood.
The southern lakes region of Chile offers the perfect combination of luxury and exploration. A mecca of pristine nature reserves, wild national parks, volcanoes, fly fishing, kayaking, hiking trails and lakeside villages, the Lake District keeps your days filled with adventure and your nights filled with fine Chilean wine, farm-to-table restaurants, and of course, a dip in the region’s bubbling-hot springs. Wake up and hike through Huerquehue National Park and Villarrica National Park, climb the vertical, 6,000-foot San Sebastián Trail (you can see Argentina when you get to the top!), or do a canopy tour through the rainforests of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve! When you come back down, dine with your love in one of the Chilean Lakes District’s Swiss- and German-style cafes. A getaway to this part of Chile promises a glimpse of just how beautiful, and naturally luxurious, Mother Nature can be.
Is there anything more romantic and exhilarating than soaring through the air? (It sounds like a fairytale, doesn’t it?) Make this tale a reality in Cappadocia, Turkey, as you float over the fairy chimneys and hillside mansions from your very own hot air balloon. And when you come back down to land, the adventure doesn’t have to stop. Life in Cappadocia is about getting the best of both worlds: You can sleep in one of the luxury cave hotels the area is known for, and wake up and test your sense of adventure. Go hiking or mountain biking through Pigeon Valley, wander through the ash-covered terrain left from volcano eruptions years ago, or take in the views. Speaking of the latter, you can’t beat that one from the top; those hot air balloons really are something special.
Need help planning your luxury adventure travel? Choose one of our South American destinations and let Surtrek create the romantic escape of you and your significant other’s dreams. Operated by local travel experts, Surtrek is an all-in-one travel company that designs custom, once-in-a-lifetime journeys, tailored to all of your preferences, that let you see a new side of South America. So if you want that honeymoon or anniversary trip mixed with a little outdoor action… ask Surtrek, and you’ve got it.