Adventurous Honeymoons: Take an Exotic Cruise in Peru

Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Issue 2011

The Amazon, Peru

Every aspect of the world's largest jungle is utterly mesmerizing: Technicolor flora, tribal villages, and animals straight out of Dr. Seuss's wildest fantasies (two words: pink dolphins). The coolest part? You'll be floating right through the heart of it all.

The Experience
Imagine chilling out in a five-star suite complete with heavenly bedding and enormous windows. Now picture it drifting down a mighty river. Aqua Expeditions's pair of boutique ships (the 16-suite M/V Aria was just launched) are a modernist's dream, and one will be your home away from home on this seven-day trip. Every waking moment is filled with bizarre and beautiful activities: spotting those astonishing dolphins (yes, they're truly pink!) while looking for piranhas; paddling through giant water lilies as howler monkeys leap from branch to branch above you; and counting macaws over a cold pisco sour at sunset (seven days from $5,600 per person, aquaexpeditions.com).

Where to Eat
Communal-style tables are an option, but you'll want to score yourselves a table for two. The kitchen, helmed by one of Peru's top chefs, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, works its magic with indigenous flavors, turning out delicious creations such as chicken consomme with yucca-and-banana dumplings and fresh juice from the fruit of a camu camu tree. Tell the crew it's your honeymoon -- if you dare -- and they'll serenade you with local love songs and might even bring you a special heart-shaped cake.

When to Go
River levels are higher from December to May, which means that all waterways are navigable and the boat can cruise closer to the banks, so you'll spot more wildlife. These months also average a comfortable 86 degrees, which is about 12 degrees cooler than the low-water, hot-weather season that runs from June to November.

How to Get There
LAN Airlines flies direct to Lima, Peru, from New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. In Lima, you'll transfer to a one-and-a-half-hour flight to the city of Iquitos, where the company will pick you up and shuttle you to the boat.

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