How to Propose at Machu Picchu
Is Machu Picchu the perfect romantic setting in which to propose? Nate Berkus thought so when he recently proposed to his partner Jeremiah Brent. Nate isn’t the only one. Countless videos of people popping the question at the lost city pop up on a YouTube search.
And, when I hiked the Inca Trail, we celebrated the engagement of two people in our group, Max and Elizabeth, seen cutting their cake here.
If you are thinking about proposing at Machu Picchu, consider these six tips for making the most of this ultimate romantic moment.
1) Wait till late afternoon. In the morning, the park fills with people either entering via the Inca Trail or coming up by bus from Aguas Calientes. The park closes and the last bus leaves at 5:30 pm. If you wait until 4 pm or so, you’ll have more privacy.
2) Reserve a room at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. The lodge sits right at the foot of Machu Picchu. Once the crowds depart, you can enjoy the quiet isolation of the Inca ruins. Plus, you don’t have the anti-climactic bus trip back to Aguas Calientes to spoil the romantic mood.
3) Pop the cork to celebrate at the hotel. Park rules prohibit you from bringing champagne or any food into the park. You’ll need to celebrate when you get back to the hotel.
4) Pick a picturesque location. The Sun Gate is perfect. You can look out over the entire lost city from this vantage point. But anywhere with a good view and a little privacy will work. Check with park rangers for their suggestions when you arrive.
5) Bring the ring with you. Jewelry in Peru mostly tends towards souvenirs such as silver llamas and multicolored Andean crosses. If you want to give a traditional engagement ring, make sure to bring it with you.
6) Take the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. If you are planning to take the train to Machu Picchu, raise the romance decibel level by splurging for a trip on the Hiram Bingham train.