DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR HIKING SHOES: THESE DREAMY HONEYMOON SPOTS ARE TAILOR-MADE FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST.
Lakes & Llamas
Celebrate your nuptials with “The Sacred Heartbeat,” a three-day Peruvian adventure among the biodiversity of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, including kayaking, mountain biking and hiking (with llamas!).
The trek departs from one of two Libertador Luxury Collection properties: The Palacio del Inka, located in the center of Cusco near the Museo de Art Precolombino and Museo Inka and the architecturally important Stone of the 12 Angles, and the Tambo del Inka, which is about an hour away in the Sacred Valley (tip: start at one hotel and plan to end at the other for the best of both worlds).
The first day begins with a half-day moderate mountain bike ride through the fields and villages of the Sacred Valley, with the Andes Mountains towering overhead. The trip includes a visit to the Maras area, where salt has been harvested since pre-Incan times from an underground saltwater stream that is directed into an ancient system of ponds where it evaporates. The trip continues to the Incan ruins at Moray and the mysterious agriculture circles, followed by a gourmet meal in Tambo del Inka’s organic garden.
Day two involves a llama trek through the astounding Valley of Pumahuanca, a high-intensity hike through natural ravines, near waterfalls and among architectural remains, punctuated by a picnic among the beautiful scenery.
The final day of the experience is a guided kayak excursion on either Huaypo or Piuray Lake and a gourmet lunch. After a half day on the water, you will be treated to an afternoon of pampering at the Tambo del Inka Spa and dinner.
Palacio del Inka
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco, Peru
Tambo del Inka
Avenida Ferrocarril S/N, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
From: $943 per person, accommodations additional
Hiking & Horses
Utah’s Sundance Mountain Resort is made up of rustic-modern cabins, cottages and homes dotting the hills above Sundance Village, the culmination of Robert Redford’s late ’60s dream of blending nature and art. The area pays homage to the Ute tribes that were the first inhabitants, as well as the early homesteaders who developed the ski trade nearby. Redford’s ownership of the land has preserved it as an outdoor playground ideal for a honeymoon getaway in any season.
In the warmer months, Sundance has more than 25 miles of lift-served single-track trails offering breathtaking views to mountain bikers and 10 miles of hiking trails (get a great uphill workout and ride down or vice versa). The trek to Stewart Falls is a pretty hike or a view-filled guided horseback ride. Fly-fishing is done on the Provo River, a Blue Ribbon German brown trout fishery. Sections of the river are also open for kayaking, rafting or tubing. The resort’s lifts can be accessed for a relaxing scenic trip to Ray’s Summit during the day as well as romantic evening rides on full-moon nights.
In the snowier months, your stay includes ski passes for each day to experience the resort’s 450 acres of Mount Timpanogo terrain. If you’re there in the spring, don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for First Tracks and hit the fresh, untouched powder in the morning glow. There are also 15 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails and 10 kilometers of snowshoe terrain.
The Sundance ZipTour features an impressive 2,100 feet of vertical drop. The two of you can cruise on parallel lines at up to 65 miles an hour or stop in midair to take pictures of the mountain landscape below and behind you. In the summer, you can access up to five spans, on nearly two miles of line. For winter, 3,871 feet over two lines are open.
In addition, the resort boasts a number of dining options, including the four-star Tree Room, and a nature-inspired eco-spa.
Sundance Mountain Resort
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, Utah