Salar de Uyuni
There are few places on earth more beautiful than the blindingly white Salar de Uyuni and its incredible surroundings of high altitude lagoons, hot springs, volcanoes and geysers. Having said that, the three-day jeep trip over rough terrain, with stays in bare basic adobe huts isn’t exactly conducive to romance. If money permits, consider opting for a tour which includes the Tayka Hotels, a series of themed eco-resorts that are infinitely more civilized. Alternatively, book into the divine Palacio del Sal and skip the three-day tour in favor of a day trip visiting the salar.
Isla del Sol
Super laid back Isla del Sol is an essential stopover on any Bolivian honeymoon. With no traffic on the island, relatively little rubbish and stunning vistas of sweeping valleys, majestic mountains and the glistening lake, Isla del Sol is just magic. The most romantic thing about the island is the sunset and the best place to take it in is from the mirador outside Las Velas restaurant. After the sun has gone down, step into the restaurant for a romantic candle lit dinner with a generous serving of wine.
Honeymooners rejoice, the warm subtropical climate of Coroico makes lazing by the pool sipping cocktails, an ideal afternoon activity. This gorgeous little town just a couple hour’s drive from La Paz has some nice restaurants and a few respectable hotels to choose from, most of which afford breathtaking views of the valley below. Nearby waterfalls, rivers and villages are enticing, but then again, cocktails by the pool sounds pretty good too.
A few hour’s drive from Santa Cruz, the village of Samaipata has been enchanting both locals and foreigners alike for decades. Set in the middle of a lush valley, nearby attractions include a pre-Colombian fortress, an animal refuge, waterfalls and swimming holes. The town has plenty of top notch eateries and a funky bar right on the main plaza, but for a bit more romance and seclusion consider staying in one of the many luxury cabañas in the surrounding hills.
Hiking in the wilderness
To really get away from it all, try going for a multi-day hike in the countryside, just the two of you. Of course, this is only really a good idea if you both actually like hiking and camping. But if that is the case, what better way to get some alone time together? There are a number of stunning places in Bolivia where hikers can safely venture without a guide – El Chorro and Takesi near La Paz are just two great examples.
With a warm climate, a Mediterranean atmosphere and an abundance of cheap delicious vino, the southern Bolivian city of Tarija is a great option for a romantic escape. Whether it be a tasting tour of the nearby vineyards, soaking in the city’s colonial charm with a lazy lunch in the town plaza or hiring a local to row you around Lake San Jacinto at sunset, there are plenty of romantic things to do in this alluring city.