8 Over-the-top Latin American Vacations To Add To Your Wish List

Ever wanted to explore Machu Picchu in first-class style? Or, charter a yacht through the Galapagos? Both of these adventures and more await you in Latin America. With less than a month away until Christmas, it might be the perfect time to start planning the journey of a lifetime.

1. Adventure in the Clouds of Machu Picchu

Wake up in the Peruvian Andes cloud forest at over 6,000 feet above sea level each morning during your stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Featuring an intimate 81 casitas, the luxury hotel is on a secluded 12 acres of Andean beauty and wilderness with an on-site spa, first-class restaurant and cafe, and plethora of activities to choose from. Share a three-day/two-night romantic getaway with your partner through a package that includes being pampered with a bottle of cava, various meals, special souvenirs and thoughtful surprises throughout the stay. You will also be treated to afternoon tea service and an Andean cocoon-like sauna session, before heading to Machu Picchu for a 3-hour private guided excursion. When you return, enjoy another massage for two in the UNU spa. Package rates start at $1,025 per adult, for two nights.

Book it: inkaterra.com

2. Sleep in Argentinean Wine Country

Located just outside the bustling city of Mendoza, Entre Cielos is tucked away in the heart of Mendoza’s famous Malbec region, Lujan de Cuyo. A contemporary, luxury boutique wine resort, the Entre Cielos is situated on 20-acre grounds with an eight-acre vineyard and the Andes mountains as the scenic background behind it. There are 16 unique luxury suites on site, one of which is like a silo in the middle of the vineyard for a memorable experience. There’s also a traditional Hamman spa on the property, which features grape-based services. Through a three-night package, guests can blend and design their own wine, plus learn how to taste and pair it with food like professionals. Also in the package is a private asado (Argentine BBQ) in the garden, a three-hour wine therapy session at the spa, a private sunset wine tasting with the resort's Sommelier, a four-course dinner for two paired with RESERVE and GRAND RESERVE wines, a visit to Mendoza and a dining experience at one of the top-rated local restaurants, private luxury round trip airport transfers, and two days of exploring the wineries and vineyards of the Lujan de Cuyo region and as well in the Uco Valley (plus horseback riding or bike riding through the Andes). Package rates start at $1,755 per person, for three nights.

Book it: entrecielos.com

3. Charter a Yacht Through the Galapagos

Set sail on the trip of a lifetime through the Galapagos with Ecoventura’s new luxury vessel, the MV Origin. Launching in February 2016, the 20-passenger mega-yacht offers private charters through the enchanted islands. Groups will enjoy twice daily excursions, snorkel and kayak tours, a private concierge, locally-inspired gourmet cuisine, and a jacuzzi on the outside deck, not to mention panoramic views of the islands’ unique scenery and topography. The MV Origin combines modern sophistication with environmental responsibility, alternating between seven-night A & B itineraries to reduce the impact of visits to the islands’ most popular sites. Private charter rates for 2016 start at $117,000 per week.

Book it: origingalapagos.com

4. Shine Bright Like a Diamond in Cancun

As one of The Leading Hotels of the World, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun offers luxurious, world-class activities and amenities. Just a half hour away from the Cancun airport and a short stroll from the traditional Mexican fishing village of Puerto Morelos, celebrate a life's milestone and be big spenders with the Grand Diamond Infinity Package for an ultimate and romantic experience. After getting picked up at the airport by a limo, enjoy four nights in a 5,750-square-foot beachfront suite with a private pool and jacuzzi. There'll be a bottle of Cristal champagne and basket of fresh fruit in suite upon arrival and replenished daily, and also a personal butler and luxury car with a private chauffeur to use throughout the stay. Gourmet meals will be prepared by a chef in the privacy of your own suite or at the resort’s restaurant, and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included. There's also a daily 60-minute relaxing massage at the beach or in the spa, a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach with live classical music, a two-hour panoramic helicopter flight, and a sunset cruise and dinner in the resort’s private catamaran. As if that's not enough, the package also includes a diamond eternity band in 14k white gold. Rates start at $27,000 for two people, and the offer is subject to availability at time of booking and must be reserved at least 15 days in advance.

Book it: grandresidencesrivieracancun.com

5. Go Heli-Skiing in the Andes

For an adventurous and snowy escape, make your way up to Chile's Valle Nevado Ski Resort. Just under a two hour drive from Santiago, Valle Nevado is located over 9,000 feet above sea level in the Chilean Andes mountains (the second highest in the world). Offering the biggest skiable surface of South America, there are three hotels, eight restaurants, apartments for rent and other amenities that help visitors enjoy the powder and wilderness in style. Through a new Heli-ski and resort package, enjoy eight days and seven nights in the upscale Hotel Valle Nevado. Three daily gourmet meals and daily lift tickets are part of the package, as well as access to all the resort's facilities and the spa/fitness center. This also includes two lift tickets to the neighboring resorts La Parva and El Colorado, which opens up a total of 7,000 acres to use. Two days of expertly guided skiing on the mammoth peaks of the Andes is also part of the package. Package prices start at $5,528 per person, based on double occupancy. You can also helicopter from the airport to the resort for an extra $1,400 (each way).

Book it: vallenevado.com

6. Feel Like Royalty In a Rainforest Escape

Make 900 acres of lush tropical reserve your playground at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort. After getting your adrenaline pumping with adventure activities like whitewater rafting, horseback riding and rappelling, soak in the resort’s delicious natural thermal springs, sip cocktails in the secluded, adults-only Shangri-La garden complete with cocoon-shaped private cabanas, indulge in a luxurious couples massage in an open-air spa bungalow tucked away amidst the trees, and enjoy a candlelit chef’s dinner prepared right before your eyes in a private rainforest — all with the sounds of rushing streams and  local wildlife in the background. After all the decadence, retire to your spacious Tabacón Suite, where you’ll wake up to incredible panoramic views. Package rates start at $2,520 for three nights.

Book it: Call 1-855-TABACON and request the "Romantic Whisper" package

7. Post Up in a Panamanian Villa Overlooking the Pacific

Have the ultimate VIP escape just minutes from bustling Panama City at The Westin Playa Bonita’s new 25,000 square foot mega villa, Casa Naga. Perched at the edge of the rainforest overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the villa features six spacious suites, private plunge pools, an indoor Koi pond, show kitchen, and gorgeous outdoor patio with a semi-Olympic infinity pool and traditional Panamanian rancho for entertaining. Guests can enjoy a 24/7 on-site staff, full access to The Westin Playa Bonita’s Pearl Club and state-of-the-art Sensory Spa by Clarins, and VIP concierge service that can arrange anything from private cars, to wine pairings, to excursions that put guests in touch with Panama’s local culture. Villa rates start at $5,000 per night.

Book it: westinplayabonita.com

8. Travel in Style to a Private Villa in Guatemala

Retreat to your own luxury lakeside villa at Casa Palopo, a private home-turned-boutique hotel located at the shore of Guatemala’s majestic Lake Atitlan. Approximately 150 steps above the main hotel is Villa Palopo, a grand two-bedroom villa that’s fully equipped with two oversized suites, a full living room, dining room, kitchen, and the main event — a jacuzzi and serene infinity pool that overlooks the lake and the three volcanoes across the shore. Guests who book the villa will enjoy full use of its amenities, along with a private butler and chef. To get there in style, book a round trip helicopter transfer from Guatemala City ($3,080) and land at the property’s very own helipad. Villa rates from range from $884-$1368 per night.

Book it: email reservations@casapalopo.com