Peru and dis­abled tourists

Los Angeles Times - - Travel -

Re­gard­ing “Move Over, Machu Pic­chu,” by Christopher Reynolds [March 18]: In 2010, we booked a 17-day South Amer­i­can cruise. The cruise line of­fered a five-day tour of Machu Pic­chu for $1,999 each a per­son. Think­ing that was too much money and too many days, we turned to the Web, where I found a tour op­er­a­tor named Amaz­ing Peru of­fer­ing three days es­corted for $899 for both of us.

The rea­son I write is to en­cour­age the dis­abled trav­eler to try this land tour. I started with the tour op­er­a­tor by say­ing I could not pos­si­bly climb the rocks and hills of Machu Pic­chu, and he told me there were nu­mer­ous rest stops with com­fort­able benches. I se­lected the first stop, about 50 steps in­side the main gate, where I sat with two other cane-wield­ing trav­el­ers, over­look­ing about 60% of the ru­ins. I took pic­tures as my wife fol­lowed the guide, so we were pleas­antly sur­prised.

In Cuzco, the steps to the cathe­dral, the monastery en­try and cob­ble­stone streets pre­sented some chal­lenges, but our tour guides and the ho­tel em­ploy­ees were more than kind. Cuzco is truly a won­der­ful at­trac­tion and largely ac­ces­si­ble to the hand­i­capped trav­eler.

Tom Whitt West­lake Vil­lage


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