Peru is one of the beautiful places in the world that has so much places to visit and most of them are very accessible for everybody and also for the people with any health disability. The great desire of all the tourists is to visit Cusco and Machupicchu and these are very easy to access for most of the people; although there are some special requirements for some of them… the ones with disabilities.
Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site in South America. It is a bucket list item for many, one of those sights every serious traveler must see. Sitting at the top of a mountain and filled with seemingly endless stone stairs and terraces, it is also one of the most inaccessible places a wheelchair user. With approximately 3,000 steps and at nearly 8,000 feet in elevation, it is essentially one giant staircase. From the pictures, it looked like the only way to get there was to either rappel from a helicopter directly onto the peak, or else to rock climb up the side of the mountain. But the last decade there are accessible travel companies all over the world like View Peru that count with all the necessary tools.
In order to arrive to Machu Picchu, you have to take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machupicchu Pueblo, where you have to caught a bus to take you up to the mountain. You have to leave your wheelchair in Ollantaytambo and the travel agency provide you a much lighter manual chair. You will be accompanied for a complete camp staff as well as the guide to help you get around the citadel as there is no other way to visit this special place.
From the train station, Aguas Calientes, to go up to the to the citadel there is only one road for transportation and there are medium size buses that take everyone up and down. Before entering Machu Picchu, there is a well-preserved bronze plaque in memory to Hiram Bighman at the entrance. Next to Bingham’s plaque, however, is another plaque—this one a little battered and etched in stone. It reads: “The national Institute of Culture Cusco pays homage to Melchor Arteaga, Richarte, and Álvarezwho lived in Machu Picchu before Hiran Bingham.” Arteaga showed Bingham the way to the site and Richarte and Álvarez were actively farming on the terraces long before Bingham arrived.
Machu Picchu has become a much more accessible place for people with reduced mobility, thanks to the idea of two Chileans men, entrepreneurs who create a travel agency dedicated to those adventurers with reduced mobility who want to explore hidden places just like Machu Picchu. Said that, Alvaro Silberstein, 33, and Isabel Aguirre both from Chile have become the first quadriplegic and paraplegic respectively to traverse an 11-kilometre section of the Inca Trail in wheelchairs.
For the first time in its 5,000-year-long life, Machu Picchu is totally accessible to visitors who use a wheelchair – and they don’t even need to bring it to the ancient city themselves which means, Peru, Cusco and the Inca Trail to Machupicchu are one of the countries and cities that with no doubt you have to visit with no problem if you have disabilities or not