One of the world's most unreachable historical sights is now accessible by wheelchair

2019-02-06 10:30 - Marisa Crous
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Sat high up in the Andes Mountains, Peru's Machu Picchu, the historical Incan citadel on everyone's bucket list, has always been cut-off to people using wheelchairs. Until now. 

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Travel and Leisure reports that Wheel the World, an organisation encouraging touristic activities for people with disabilities has now introduced the first-ever, wheelchair-accessible tour to this sight. 

Unfortunately, there is not an actual structure built to grant access, rather travel companions assist people in wheelchairs, navigating their journey there and through the site itself. 

Wheel the World partners with organisations around the world who provide wheelchairs and funds to keep this project going. The company also offers tours in Chile and Mexico and hopes to expand to other destinations in the near future. 

Wheelchair-friendly sights and tours in South Africa: 

  • Table Mountain - from start to finish, wheelchair-access should be smooth sailing all the way, from parking to cable car and on the mountain itself. 
  • The City Sightseeing Bus, the majority of busses in both Cape Town and Johannesburg have wheelchair-access.
  • Other Cape Town destinations with wheelchair access include the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Company's Gardens and the Artscape Theatre.
  • In Johannesburg the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, the Joburg Zoo and the Mandela House are all wheelchair-friendly sights. 

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