Wheelchair tours of Machu Picchu offered for first time | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs . News . Features . Video . Products . Magazine . Handbook . Advertise . Contact us  
NEWS
Wheelchair tours of Machu Picchu offered for first time
POSTED 22 Feb 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
At 8,000ft (2,438m) above sea level, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is a stiff climb even for the able-bodied, and has been completely inaccessible for those in a wheelchair. That has now changed after travel company Wheel the World started offering specialised trips to the Peruvian world wonder.

Wheel the World offers travellers access to expensive specialised wheelchairs that can traverse difficult terrain. The company was started by two Chilean friends, Alvaro Silberstein (who uses a wheelchair) and Camilo Navarro, in 2017. It offers a number of tours in Chile and Mexico, and the new Machu Picchu experience is its first extension into Peru.

The experience reportedly revolves around the lightweight Joelette trekking wheelchair, distinctive with its single wheel and two long handles, which, it is said, makes it look like a wheelbarrow. These wheelchairs are not self-propelled, so a companion may be required, or local assistants or trained guides can be hired.

A single-day Machu Picchu tour with Wheel the World costs US$990 (€873, £758), while a four-day trip costs US$1,500 (€1,323, £1,150).

Wheelchair-bound tourists are not required to bring their own specialist chairs, as Wheel the World arranges for the equipment to be available at the attraction - a distinct advantage compared to Silberstein’s experience when planning to hike the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia before setting up Wheel the World; he had to raise US$8,000 (€7,057, £6,127) to buy a specialised trekking wheelchair, which he afterwards donated to the park so it could be used by other people with disabilities.
RELATED STORIES
Peru addresses Machu Picchu overcrowding with permit system


The Peruvian government has introduced a permit system for Machu Picchu in an attempt to better control footfall at the Unesco World Heritage site.
Peru ponders Machu Picchu footfall levels despite breaking heritage guidelines


Peruvian authorities continue to look for new ways to capitalise on Machu Picchu's popularity as a visitor attraction, having revealed the remote ancient site is welcoming an average of one million visitors every year, breaching conservation guidelines.
LATEST JOBS
Duty Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: £18,330.00 per annum
Job location: Manchester, UK
Head of Estate Operations
Weston Park
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Shifnal, Shropshire, UK
Visitor Experience Manager
Colchester Zoo
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Colchester, UK
Brand Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Goshen, NY, USA
Loyalty and Insight Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Goshen, NY, USA
Project Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILE
ProSlide Technology, Inc.

A former national ski team racer, ProSlide® CEO Rick Hunter’s goal has been to integrate the [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

How can travelling exhibitions adapt for the future?
Emily Cronin, partnerships manager at the Science Museum Group in the UK, shares insights into evolving business models for touring exhibitions in Spokes, Ecsite’s magazine. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion Showreel 2018
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Simworx - The power to move you… – Simworx
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
21-24 Sep 2019

ASTC 2019 Annual Conference

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2019 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

10 Jul 2019 issue 134


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019
Jobs . News . Products . Magazine
NEWS
Wheelchair tours of Machu Picchu offered for first time
POSTED 22 Feb 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
At 8,000ft (2,438m) above sea level, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is a stiff climb even for the able-bodied, and has been completely inaccessible for those in a wheelchair. That has now changed after travel company Wheel the World started offering specialised trips to the Peruvian world wonder.

Wheel the World offers travellers access to expensive specialised wheelchairs that can traverse difficult terrain. The company was started by two Chilean friends, Alvaro Silberstein (who uses a wheelchair) and Camilo Navarro, in 2017. It offers a number of tours in Chile and Mexico, and the new Machu Picchu experience is its first extension into Peru.

The experience reportedly revolves around the lightweight Joelette trekking wheelchair, distinctive with its single wheel and two long handles, which, it is said, makes it look like a wheelbarrow. These wheelchairs are not self-propelled, so a companion may be required, or local assistants or trained guides can be hired.

A single-day Machu Picchu tour with Wheel the World costs US$990 (€873, £758), while a four-day trip costs US$1,500 (€1,323, £1,150).

Wheelchair-bound tourists are not required to bring their own specialist chairs, as Wheel the World arranges for the equipment to be available at the attraction - a distinct advantage compared to Silberstein’s experience when planning to hike the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia before setting up Wheel the World; he had to raise US$8,000 (€7,057, £6,127) to buy a specialised trekking wheelchair, which he afterwards donated to the park so it could be used by other people with disabilities.
RELATED STORIES
Peru addresses Machu Picchu overcrowding with permit system


The Peruvian government has introduced a permit system for Machu Picchu in an attempt to better control footfall at the Unesco World Heritage site.
Peru ponders Machu Picchu footfall levels despite breaking heritage guidelines


Peruvian authorities continue to look for new ways to capitalise on Machu Picchu's popularity as a visitor attraction, having revealed the remote ancient site is welcoming an average of one million visitors every year, breaching conservation guidelines.
MORE NEWS
France returns historic artefacts to Benin and funds €20m museum to house cultural treasures
A €20m (US$22.4m, £18m) loan from the French Development Agency (FDA) is to be used in the construction of a new museum in Abomey, Benin, which will house objects of art and cultural heritage that are being restituted from France.
Social media experimentation key to online success, says man who caught Elon Musk's eye with world-famous 'Absolute Unit'
Adam Koszary, the man behind the Museum of English Rural Life's (MERL) social media channels, has urged other museums to experiment with their platforms if they want to have similar online success.
Science and Industry Museum repairs go ahead with government backing
Urgently-needed repair work has begun on the Grade II listed Power Hall at Manchester's Science and Industry Museum, following an injection of funding from the UK government.
Townsville takes a shine to new Halo light show
A spectacular light and sound event is launching today (19 July) in Townsville, north-eastern Queensland in Australia. Halo, which is created by Sydney-based AGB Events, will run in the evenings until 4 August, and is being staged in conjunction with the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts.
First plans for London's Horniman Museum redevelopment are unveiled
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London is seeking feedback on concept plans produced by Studio Egret West that are designed to make the museum more accessible, enhance the visitor experience and develop more income-generating opportunities.
We can help politicians to help the museum sector, says NEMO chief
Julie Ward – a member of the European Parliament – had an interesting and informative day, hands-on as an intern at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILE
ProSlide Technology, Inc.

A former national ski team racer, ProSlide® CEO Rick Hunter’s goal has been to integrate the smoot [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

How can travelling exhibitions adapt for the future?
Emily Cronin, partnerships manager at the Science Museum Group in the UK, shares insights into evolving business models for touring exhibitions in Spokes, Ecsite’s magazine. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion Showreel 2018
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Simworx - The power to move you… – Simworx
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
21-24 Sep 2019

ASTC 2019 Annual Conference

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS