What would be the besr route to follow through the Machu Picchu ruins for someone with limited mobility? (difficulty climbing stairs especially)
Unfortunately Machu Picchu is not that friendly to someone with limited mobility. A huge portion of the site is built on a slope and pretty much everywhere you go you will run into stairs of some kind and for the most part they are uneven. After initially entering the site the best bet would be head past the guard houses. Most people hike up above them on a dirt path which is not that friendly for someone with limited mobility. I cant remember if you can walk straight ahead or if you may have to decend some stairs but at least you wont be going up that path. After the guardhouses you should have a straight shot on flat land all the way past the a set of stairs which will be easier than the path at the start and past the Temple of the Sun towards the main plaza and another set of main stairs. Here you will enevitably have to go up or down the stairs to access any part of the rest of the site but at least the main stairs around here are wide. Get a good book on Machu Picchu that includes photos and maps of the site and you will have a beter idea of what it looks like at the mobility issues involved.
There are some other tour options if you can't do stairs, as reported on this forum: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294318-i3352-k261…
Companies I've heard of that do this are:
While they list "wheelchair tours", they might also be able to assist those who can walk but can't do stairs. If you can do the stairs with the help of crutches or hiking poles, though, you might not need extra help.
Apumayo is your best choice.
I have just runned a whole Cusco trip with a guest of similar condition.
We had a perfect experience using a wheel chair.
Whomever you deal with.. and so you could have a good time ... try to get:
2 porters in every tour to get in and out of the vehicle while visiting.
A vehicle with sliding door for all tours (it makes it so much more simple to get in and out of the van): In cusco we have lots of: Mercedes Sprinter ... but make sure you get the one with sliding door ... otherwise it is a lot of work to get in and out of the vehicle.
Although the grounds of most of the places you will visit are irregular (cobbled stones) ... having 2 people in charge of moving a wheel chair was quite enough
All places you will visit have an alternative route you can follow for this specific case ... dont worry about it ... even Machu Picchu has a route where you will climb less steps and cover the most of the citadel.
Just make sure you get 2 strong porters for every tour to move the wheelchair in everytour.
Dont try to get involve in moving the wheelchair yourself ... if you havent been to high altitude before
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