There’s just something about being on the water. It calms us. It inspires us. And with its plentiful ecosystems, mystery and colorful creatures, it definitely intrigues us.
For those couples always seeking an element of adventure, visiting a destination on the water is a supreme way to make sure you get it. Spread throughout South America, the water adventures listed below are some of our favorite experiences; and because of that, we think they make top vacations for couples, too.
Flowing right through the Andes, the Rio Futaleufu is believed to be one of the best destinations for white water rafting in the world. Want to make a weekend out of it? The area is surrounded by plenty of eco-camps and lodges where couples can get some quality alone time, and the river itself is long enough to squeeze three or four different rafting adventures into one trip. An adrenaline rush is something you’re guaranteed here, as Rio Futaleufu is packed with challenging Grade III, IV and V rapids.
Sitting in the northeast part of the country, and home to a famously stunning coastline and a lively town, Jericoacoara is one of our top vacations for couples. And while it offers a little something for everyone, it’s the area’s reliable Atlantic winds that attract windsurfers from across the globe. If you don’t know where to go, head to “The Point!” It’s the most popular windsurfing area in Jericoacoara because of its glassy flat waters.
Kitesurfing combines surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding, and there’s nowhere better to do it in South America than San Andres This Colombian island, which floats in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, has become a kitesurfing paradise because of its guaranteed winds and varied areas to do it. Surf over its powerful waves, on calm waters or even through mangroves, or head to the part of the island with crystal-clear waters, so you can kitesurf with a view of the Caribbean’s beautiful corals.
With its 20+ surfing points, warm waters and good swells, this coastal Peruvian town is one of our top vacations for couples because of its surfing. In fact, here, surfing it more than a sport; it’s a way of life that everyone from young locals and visitors, to surfing aficionados and lifelong residents practice. Everyone who lives there is friendly, and like any surf town, the living is easy—so head over to Mancora and let the locals show you how it’s done.