Travel Peru Groups and the Disabled.
Having lived for more than twenty-five years in Peru managing a travel operation in Lima which represented a network of International Operators, I came to know Peru intimately. We set up many programs from a number of days to weeks, booking all the hotels, transport, guides, meals, entrances and flights. This would be for individuals or groups and involved all kinds of different nationalities. It could often be quite complex at times and also involved an intimate knowledge of the destination and people skills. One of the types of persons I had received though not many I must admit were people disabled. Peru in the nineties and early two thousands did not enjoy much of an infrastructure for this market and there was also very little experience. We did utilise a small number of hotels which did cater in terms of ramps, lifts bedrooms / bathroom facilities and the programs were based just around Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu. They were successful and all were wheel chair users and to ensure that everything moved forward, it required a certain amount of lifting on and off transportation. So apart from the guide we would have assistants, in the case of Machu Picchu the access up was via a regular shuttle bus which left from the village of Aguas Calientes to the Sanctuary. It was then a short push into the Sanctuary where we would position client with wheel chair in a location where total appreciation could be enjoyed. It was not possible to move round only in a certain area which was at the bottom of the walkways. I am now no longer with my old company which I had jointly owned for all those years in Lima, I have now set up a new enterprise and launched a web called, Travelperu.co.uk. Here I am offering my skills and knowledge to anyone out there who would like to travel to Peru and South America, I am particularly interested in tour leading groups and for anyone also out there who is disabled. I can design/ tailor make your program, set it all up for you and accompany you for the duration of the program, from start to finish. I think it would be an amazing experience.