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Visit Machu Picchu in a wheelchair!

Visit Machu Picchu in a wheelchair!

Travelers from all over the world dream of discovering the secrets of Machu Picchu, our greatest pride and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But, due to its geography and location, Machu Picchu has always been a difficult place to access, which complicates the visit for those with some type of disability, such as those who live in wheelchairs.

But this is over! In recent months, Machu Picchu has become a much more accessible place for people with reduced mobility, thanks to the idea of ​​two Chileans men. These entrepreneurs created Wheel the World, a travel agency dedicated to those adventurers with reduced mobility who want to explore hidden places like Machu Picchu.

Thus, Wheel of World use special chairs with which people with reduced mobility can reach our incredible Wonder of the World and explore it completely. Because everyone has to visit Machu Picchu at least once in their life!


What activities can be done in Cusco in a wheelchair?

Besides visiting Machu Picchu, when you plan your trip to Cusco you will realize that, in the city and its surroundings, there is an infinite number of places that you want to know.

Although the streets of Cusco are cobbled and, perhaps, a bit complicated to travel for people with reduced mobility, there are 100% accessible places for tourists who visit us in wheelchairs.

The Plaza de Armas and its cathedral, the 12 Angles Stone, Qoricancha, the San Pedro Market… in the city of Cusco you will find several places that you can reach, without major problems, in a wheelchair.


Also, in the surroundings of Cusco and, especially, in the Sacred Valley, there are several destinations that are easily accessible for people with reduced mobility. In the city of Cusco you will find several agencies specialized in this type of tourism and that offer private packages with which you can reach places like Maras, Moray Qenqo or Sacsayhuaman with all the comforts.


Which transport can you use in Cusco and Machu Picchu with a wheelchair?

Most travel agencies that offer their services to travel around Cusco are mobilized by bus to different places of easy access. In this way, excursions to destinations such as the Sacred Valley do not have to present greater difficulties for people with reduced mobility.

For the trip to Machu Picchu, remember that, to get from Cusco, you will have to make several stops at different points. The first one is Ollantaytambo, where you can get by bus with the services of an agency or by taxi.

From here, you will have to take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo with Inca Rail, where our collaborators will assist you to access the train without any problem and enjoy a wonderful experience through the Andes.

From Machu Picchu Pueblo to the Inca Citadel you will have to take a bus, which is ready for access by people with reduced mobility.


What other people with disabilities can visit Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is open for everyone. People with a slight disability can travel both the citadel and the mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu without problem. Those who have a more severe disability, such as blindness or reduced mobility, should always be accompanied by a support group.



As you can see, the visit to Machu Picchu is already a dream come true for those who have reduced mobility. However, for helping you to visit Cusco and our Inca Citadel without major inconveniences, here are some tips:

  • Book hotels in advance. The streets of Cusco and Aguas Calientes are very steep and it is difficult to move around in a wheelchair in search of accommodation. Therefore, we recommend you to plan your trip with time and book your room in hotels with easy accessibility.
  • Buy your ticket to Machu Picchu and your train ticket in advance. Machu Picchu is a destination that is on the list of travelers from around the world. For this reason, the tickets to the citadel and the train tickets are finished in advance (especially in the high season). To avoid inconveniences, we recommend you to buy both at least two months before your visit.
  • If you want to make the trip on your own, do it preferably accompanied by at least two people, who can help you in the difficult sections of the road. If you decide to do it with agencies like Wheel the World, they offer you all the service you need to explore the citadel to the fullest.

As you see, Machu Picchu is every day a friendlier place for everyone. You can also be part of the adventure of knowing this exciting Inca Citadel!