Wheelchairs in Machu Picchu

Wheelchairs in Machu Picchu
Thursday February 14, 2019
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Making Machu Picchu accessible to handicapped persons: that is the lastest achviement of the company “Wheel the World”! Wheel the World provides travel experiences for people with physical disabilities. They have tours packages in Easter Island, Oaxaca, Valparaiso, to name a few. Customers can tour cities, take cooking classes, and even go zip lining. Their next ground to conquer: the old Inca citadel Machu Picchu, in Peru.

Tours to Machu Picchu are now open for physically disabled clients, thanks to Wheel the World’s efforts. Founders Alvaro Silberstein and Camilio Navarro, both originally from Chile, encountered several challenges in the making of these tours to Machu Picchu. The price of wheelchairs, for example, was a bit of a burden. The wheelchairs had to be high-quality wheelchairs and needed specific alterations in order to survive the trails of Machu Picchu. Joellette wheelchairs meet those needs, as they have high durability and are made for rough terrain. They are easily transported, however, cannot be self-propelled. Each needs two helpers (one in the front of the wheelchair and one behind) to make transportation possible.

Despite some complications, Wheel the World was able to obtain a sufficient number of Joellette wheelchairs for their customers. Wheel the World worked with several partners that donated these wheelchairs to the project. Clients do not need to be concerned about bring their own wheelchairs, Wheel the World provides them!

Making Machu Picchu accessible to handicapped persons is an impressive achievement. Wheel the World leads by example in making the world a better place for all. Enhancing the lives of all people is a goal that all travel agencies should pursue. Although co-founders Albero Silverstein and Camilo Navarro are delighted in this new step, they still have aspirations to allow even more disabled people to travel. For instance, Navarro notes that it is still a challenge accommodating the blind and deaf, and in the future they hope to cater tours to the needs of this demographic as well.

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