Wheel the World has made a documentary showcasing the importance of accessibility in travel and gosh it makes for some heartwarming stuff.
The film, which premieres in Santiago later this week, documents the journey of Álvaro Silberstein and Isabel Aguirre who became the first quadriplegic and paraplegic respectively to traverse an 11-kilometre section of the Inca Trail in wheelchairs.
The one-day trek to Machu Picchu was undertaken last month to promote accessible travel in the region, with Silberstein and Aguirre part of a 14-person group participating on an eight-day tour of Peru which also explored Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
The tour was designed by leading global experiential travel operator PEAK DMC in collaboration with accessible travel company Wheel the World, of which Silberstein is co-founder and CEO.
“Completing the one-day Inca Trail was both beautiful and hard – at many exhausted moments we wondered if we would make it but reaching the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu from on high was probably the most beautiful moment in my life,” Silberstein said.
Following this initial trip, PEAK DMC and Wheel the World have developed a private group tour itinerary exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley, giving travellers with accessibility requirements the chance to visit historic and cultural sites, and take part in cycling and kayaking.
Here’s the trailer for the documentary.