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First ever Machu Picchu wheelchair tours offered At 8,000ft (2,438m) above
The experience reportedly
sea level, the Inca city of
revolves around the lightweight
Machu Picchu is a stiff climb
Joelette trekking wheelchair,
even for the able-bodied,
distinctive with its single wheel
and has been completely
and two long handles, which,
inaccessible for those in a
it is said, makes it look like a
wheelchair. That has now
wheelbarrow. These wheelchairs
changed after travel company
are not self-propelled, so a
Wheel the World started
companion may be required,
offering specialised trips to
or local assistants or trained
the Peruvian world wonder.
guides can be hired.
Wheel the World offers
travellers access to expensive
are not required to bring their
specialised wheelchairs that
own chairs, as Wheel the World
can traverse difficult terrain.
arranges for the equipment to
The company was started
be available at the attraction.
by two Chilean friends,
■■Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world
"Because of erosion concerns
Alvaro Silberstein (who uses
or restrictions about how
a wheelchair) and Camilo
ancient sites can be modified,
Navarro, in 2017. It offers
it's not always as simple
a number of tours in Chile
as immediately building a
and Mexico, and the new
wheelchair ramp," said Navarro,
Machu Picchu experience is
speaking to CNN Travel.
its first extension into Peru.
Wheel the World offers travellers access to expensive specialised wheelchairs that can traverse difficult terrain
Martin luther King Jr's family home opening to public The family home of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr in Atlanta, US, is to be opened to the public. The National Park Foundation, the National Park Service and the King family have all agreed to open the house to allow members of the public to see where the 20th-century icon lived.
■■The house will become a national park property
Bought by the nonprofit National Park
The home of Dr King is a touchstone to better understand our shared heritage Will Shafroth
Foundation from King’s widow Coretta
added to tours based on the man’s life
Scott King on 8 January, the house will
and work along with the family home.
become part of the Martin Luther King
"African-American history is US
Jr National Historical Park. It was then
history," said Will Shafroth, president
immediately transferred to the National
of the National Park Foundation.
Park Service. The home King was raised
"The home of Dr King is a touchstone to
in was also bought in Q4 2018 by the
better understand our shared heritage."
National Park organisations and will be
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