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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

Wheelchair-bound tourists

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.

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Wheel the World offers travellers access to expensive specialised wheelchairs that can traverse difficult terrain

civil rights

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

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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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Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry

Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry