Honeymoon Resorts for Nature-Loving Couples

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Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay, Peru

Like everyone who comes to Peru, you'll be visiting Machu Picchu. But unlike most tourists, who travel from Lima or bunk in nearby tourist lodges, you can sample serenity of another era at the Posada del Inca Yucay. The lodge, within day-tripping distance of the ruins, is sequestered in the Sacred Valley, on the site of a 350-year-old monastery whose chapel and multihued flower gardens create the kind of ambience that makes people whisper. For active visitors, the posada serves as an ideal base from which to explore the mountain and valley in the same manner that locals have for a thousand years—by foot and on horseback. Okay, maybe the ancient Incas didn't mountain-bike near the swift-flowing Urubamba River or ride its rapids in a rubber raft. But you can. And you'll come away with the same awe they had for the landscape.

If you're less actively inclined, take painting lessons, have your fortunes read in cocoa leaves, or learn to prepare nuevo-Andean cuisine. But even if you just burrow in your room (ideally one of the four suites with lovely garden and courtyard views), you'll soon realize, as the monks did, that this spot is very close to heaven. Doubles from $90, including breakfast; 800-766-3782, sonesta.com.

Contributors: Robert Earle Howells, John Oseid, Laura Chamorro, Josh Dean, Gail Harrington, and Bob Payne
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