Caroline and Justin

Proposal Ideas Machu Picchu, Peru

How We Met

Justin and I are both engineers, and we first bonded over the most unlikely topic – calculus. We were in the same class in college, and having noticed how handsome he was, I knew I had to introduce myself. When I saw him working on a calculus assignment in the dining hall, I knew it was my chance.

Where to Propose in Machu Picchu, Peru

We finished working on that homework together, and steadily became good friends and study partners. Though we were both starting to care about each other more and more, it wasn’t until a coincidental trip to Aspen, Colorado when Justin worked up the courage to kiss me and ask me out. And the rest is history! 3.5 years later, we are on the road to becoming husband and wife.

Caroline's Proposal in Machu Picchu, Peru

How They Asked

Justin and I began planning our trip to Peru back in June of 2018. We knew we wanted the full experience of hiking the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but we didn’t realize just how long of a journey it would turn out to be! Our trip started off a bit rough with the airline losing Justin’s bag, though ultimately it arrived just hours before we left for the hike (after we’d bought replacements for all his stuff of course – yay for double the backpack weight!). The first day of the hike was fantastic, and we arrived at camp the first night all set for the coming days. All that changed when at 10 pm that first night, Justin raced out of our tent, completely sick to his stomach.

This continued for the rest of the night into the following day, which was the most challenging day of the trek. Justin persevered with an upset stomach and a steady fever throughout a 9 hour day of hiking up to 14,000 feet, unable to keep down any water or food. We nearly had to have him helicoptered off of the mountain for fear of bad dehydration. However, he insisted that we keep going (and of course I was entirely oblivious as to why).

Fortunately, he managed to recover the following day enough to make it to Machu Picchu on New Years Day. After we’d spent a couple of hours exploring, Justin pulled me aside to give me his belated “Christmas card.” The next thing I knew I was crying, having realized what was happening from the card’s message and Justin was on one knee. Realizing that he had fought through such awful discomfort and sickness for me and for us was unbelievably overwhelming and humbling, and it was a YES! I could not be more grateful to be marrying my best friend.