Hiking up Machu Picchu in Peru has long been challenging for able-bodied people-and impossible for people who use wheelchairs. Now, CNN Wheel the World has made a special tour of Machu Picchu for disabled people, making the site wheelchair-accessible for the first time in its 600-year history.
Wheel the World is the brainchild of Alvaro Silberstein and Camilo Navarro, two friends and entrepreneurs from Chile. Torres de Paine National Park in Patagonia together in 2016. Silberstein uses a wheelchair, and his regular chair is not suited for the journey.
Silberstein and Navarro have been made accessible to hikers wheelchair. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its protected status and vulnerability to erosion means wheelchair ramps can not be installed easily. Instead, Wheel the World came up with a wheelchair at a price that was not outlandish. The wheelchairs are made of steel and aluminum, which makes them lightweight, and they have one wheel in the front and two long handles like a wheelbarrow, making them easier to navigate over tough terrain.
Wheelchairs are donated to the company and stored near the tour sites, which cuts down on costs. Wheel of the World is about $ 1
Machu Picchu in March 2019.
[h/t CNN Travel]