Jane has never let her mobility issues stop her travelling, but wonders if Machu Picchu is too far
YOURLifeChoices member Jane has never been one to let her mobility issues stop her travelling, but wonders if Machu Picchu is one step too far? Our Savvy Traveller has some wise advice to help Jane follow her dream.
My lifetime dream is to visit Machu Picchu, but I do not move around terribly easily. I don't need a wheelchair, but tire after short walks. Is there any way I could visit this World Heritage Site and see all the important aspects? Or should I give up and stick with other people’s photos?
A. Jane, this is a sensible question, because Machu Picchu can be very tiring thanks to its steep site and oxygen-deprived altitude. But I’d always encourage people to follow their “lifetime dream” – Machu Picchu is stunning!
The usual day trip from Cuzco is exhausting. I’d strongly advise you to stay onsite at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge if you can. They have oxygenated rooms right by the ruins, allowing you to rest and even enjoy a tranquil sunrise without tour groups.
Walking the site isn’t easy. From the access car park you’ll have to ascend 50 or more steps. The going is rough and more steps connect terraces. However, terraces do provide long, flat promenades. Take it slowly and you should be okay. You’ll miss out on climbing to the fabled viewpoints, but you’re unlikely to be disappointed with these incredible ruins, grazed by alpacas and framed by mountains.
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