Honeymoons on the Amazon River

luxury amazon cruisesOne destination wedding photographer we just adore, recently returned from a two week trip to Peru and she’s here today to share part of her amazing journey for those couples considering a bit more exotic, adventuresome, or extra special honeymoon destination.  Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography captured every amazing moment she had through a bit of a National Geographic photo essay for couples.  Beginning with their tour down the Amazon River.  In her own words, “We embarked on the Delphin II in Nauta and traveled down the Amazon and through its inlets and eventually back to Nauta on a three day tour with Celestielle Travel.  In the past, there was no easy or comfortable way to view the Amazon River and its amazing wildlife. But now The Delphin II is essentially a floating luxury hotel, with amazing culinary artists (the restaurant on board was voted the number 3 restaurant in all of Peru), musicians, bartender, experienced guides, and of course air conditioning!!  There were as many staff members on board as there were guests to attend to our every needs.  For those brides and grooms that want to mix luxury and adventure, this boat is the PERFECT experience for you.”luxury cruise on the amazonWhat would you tell honeymooners considering this experience?

“Imagine waking up early to fresh coffee and breakfast, hiking through the rainforest and fishing for piranhas, then being able to return to your luxurious cabin, shower and have a three course gourmet lunch and a nap, before having an evening swim with the Pink Dolphins and ending the evening with yet another gourmet meal, live music and star gazing on hammocks on the upper deck….yep, this was a normal day aboard the Delphin II. The three days we spent on the Amazon we saw every animal possible, went hiking into nearby villages, went to a Manatee Rescue Center, and learned everything there was to know about their environment and local culture.  The people were gracious and welcoming and the photo ops are to die for.  It’s definitely a MUST.”luxury cruise in peruAnd what about going with an organized tour company or working with a travel guide?

“We went with a Los Angeles-based company, Celestielle Travel.  The two owners, Doug Easton and John Ziegler, run the company from the road, traveling more than nine months per year when they inspect destinations and properties, making them uniquely qualified to plan the perfect honeymoon.  EVERY single detail was thought about, taken care of and very carefully planned out, but not in a way where the trip felt rigid or controlled”.  I literally did not spend a dime on the trip except for massages and presents, everything was included in our previous fee paid and everywhere we went we had fine dining, luxury accommodations, organized travel with very experienced guides that spoke great English, and Doug and John were able to offer their experience and guide us, but were there more like peers than guides.  If anything went wrong, it was taken care of immediately ad smoothly.”

cruises down the amazonAll Photos by Beautiful Day Photography.

Thank you Laura for sharing your experience!  Check back for part two from Machu Picchu tomorrow!