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Peru: Machu Picchu + Cusco + Nazca Lines (wheelchair)


1PV12L
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This fascinating wheelchair accessible Peru holiday allows you to explore Lima, the old Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley & amazing citadel at Machu Picchu, as well as flying over the mysterious Nazca Lines. You need some upper body strength for this vacation, as you will transfer into an adapted off-road wheelchair (with helper provided) on rough terrain. English speaking guides & all sightseeing included.
Wheelchair Accessible Peru Holiday Machu Picchu Cusco Nazca Vacation
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Wheelchair Accessible Peru
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Lima Holiday
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Nazca Lines Flight
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Ballestos Islands
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Moray Terraces & Maras Salt Pans
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco Vacation
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacsayhuaman Fortress
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Wheelchair Accessible Peru
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Lima Holiday
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Nazca Lines Flight
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Ballestos Islands
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Moray Terraces & Maras Salt Pans
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco Vacation
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacsayhuaman Fortress
Day 1
You will be met at Lima Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax in this capital city - the largest in Peru and its gastronomical centre.
Day 2
Today enjoy a half day tour of historic Lima, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its well preserved architecture. Founded in 1535, it was re-named the "City of Kings" when it was conquered by the Spanish and became the most important centre in the region.
 
Our tour starts in the Miraflores residential district, where we stop at Parque del Amor (Lover’s Lane) with its magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean, before driving through the modern San Isidro business district, where we see the impressive Huaca Pucllana, an adobe pyramid that was a sacred pre-Inca site.
 
We continue to the historic centre, where we visit the 17th century Santo Domingo Convent which is a World Heritage site. The remains of the patron saint of Peru, Saint Rose of Lima, are interred here as well as the remains of Saint Martin of Porres, the patron saint of people of mixed race.
 
On the Plaza de Armas (main square) you can see many imposing colonial buildings with their intricate balconies - including the Presidential Palace, where the changing of the guards takes place. See the beautiful Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall. Time permitting also visit the Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, before being dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour.
 
In the evening do try to taste a Pisco Sour, the nation's favourite drink..
 
Note: Not all sites are wheelchair accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views of the important sights. Lima Cathedral is not open on Sundays.
Day 3
This morning transfer 4-hours from Lima, travelling through sparely populated desert landscape and small fishing villages to the port of Paracas.
 
On arrival you will be transferred to Pisco Airport to experience a 1.5-hour shared light aircraft flight, including flying 30-minutes over the famous Nazca Lines.
 
From the plane you will be able to see hundreds of these gigantic shallow-line geometric figures. Over 1,500 years ago they were etched into the desert floor with impressive precision by the Nazca culture, by removing the red pebbles from the topsoil and exposing the white/grey ground beneath. The figures range from simple lines to more complex designs such as a flower, tree, hummingbird, spider, monkey, fish, shark, killer whale, lizard, llama, jaguar, monkey and human figure. The largest figures are over 200 m (660 ft) across.
 
Afterwards check into your hotel and enjoy views of Paracas Bay.
 
Note: You will need your passport for the Nazca Lines flight, which is weather dependant. You need some upper body strength to take this flight, as there is no lifting equipment so you will need to be lifted into the aircraft.
Day 4
This morning enjoy a shared 2-hour excursion by motorboat to the Ballestas Islands in the Bay of Paracus - nicknamed 'Peru's Galapagos'.
 
Along the way we pass the mysterious 2,500-year old "Candelabra of the Andes" - an immense design drawn in the sand dunes of the northern Paracas Peninsula that never disappears, despite the blustery sand storms that sweep this desolate coast.
 
We continue to the arches and caves of Paracas National Reserve, one of the most important marine reserves in the world offering shelter to thousands of sea lions and a wide range of seabirds - including the albatross, boobie, Guanay cormorant, Inca tern and Peruvian pelican. If you are fortunate, you may see Humboldt penguins and dolphins.
 
Note: You will need to be lifted into the boat in your wheelchair, so only manual chairs are allowed. Ensure you are dressed for both hot and cold, as the weather can change very quickly on the boat. Take sunblock and a hat, as there is no shade.
Day 5
After a morning at leisure in Paracas, transfer 4-hours to Lima.
 
Check into your hotel conveniently situated near the airport.
Day 6
You will be escorted to Lima Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Cusco Airport and transferred 2-hours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
 
Check into your hotel in this region that is renowned for its many ancient Inca ruins, including the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and acclimatise to the altitude.
 
Note: Visits to Machu Picchu & Cusco are only possible if you have upper body strength & use a manual wheelchair, as you will need to transfer into a specially adapted off-road wheelchair when covering rough terrain. The chair has long handles at the front (similar to a rickshaw) as well as regular handles at the back. You will be assigned an assistant to pull your chair from the front, while your carer pushes from the back. As there is no lifting equipment at the airport, you will be carried off the aircraft.
Day 7
Today enjoy a full tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
 
Our first stop is at the citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to protect the northern entrance to the Sacred Valley from invasion and later the centre of Incan resistance against the Spanish. The fortress and walled terraces of this town provide some of the finest examples of Incan architecture, with the six rose-coloured monoliths of the Temple of the Sun being particularly outstanding. The village itself is the best surviving example of Inca urban planning, with stone-paved streets that have been used since the 12th Century.
 
We then drive to Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village that was an important Inca outpost at the end of the 15th Century. The villagers here have preserved their traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques, so you can see textile artisans at work and learn about their techniques. You can buy handcrafts at the market in the town square, visit their small traditional church and see their Inca ruins
 
After an included lunch in a local restaurant, we continue to the Maras Salt Pans, a complex network of nearly 3,000 pre-Inca salt pans hand-harvested by local families, that produce the finest salt in the world. The naturally pink salt gets its beautiful hue from trace elements in the spring water.
 
We also visit the archaeological site at Moray. The Incas constructed enormous circular agricultural terraces on these steep hills by hauling topsoil up by hand from the lower land, thereby generating much higher crop yields than would have been possible at such high altitude. This site is believed to be a former agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory or a place of worship - or maybe all three.
 
Note: The steep terraces at Ollantaytambo and similar Inca sites are not accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views and an appreciation of these magnificent ruins.
Day 8
This morning we the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins that lie at the top of a hill at the entrance to the valley and are separated into four groups - P'isaqa, Inti Watana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Enjoy panoramic views over the site, which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons. The narrow rows of terraces beneath the citadel are thought to represent the wing of a partridge (pisaca), from which the village and ruins get their name.
 
We then visit the bustling Pisac Market (mostly accessible), where all the artisans of the region get together to buy and sell their products. This is an excellent opportunity to barter for goods and crafts typical of the area. We also visit a silverware factory.
 
After an included lunch we visit a local Indigenous Community, who speak the Quechua language. Here you will see them hand weave and dye colourful textiles according to long held traditions.
Day 9
Today transfer to Ollantaytambo Station for the air-conditioned Vistadome train to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - an amazing 1.5-hour journey to this magnificent mountain top city situated in a beautiful cloud forest, that was abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911.
 
This legendary 'Lost City of the Incas' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built on the summit of Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Peak"), on a natural saddle between steep forested mountains, it overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River some 3,400 m above sea level. With its giant walls, terraces and ramps that appear to have been cut naturally out of the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu's history remains shrouded in mystery as the Incas did not leave any written records.
 
At the gateway town of Aguas Calientes, leave the train and board the bus for the 40-minute zig-zag ride up to this 14th century citadel (please expect queues for the bus). The key features of the site are the Main Plaza, Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds - although these will need to be viewed from a distance, as they are not all accessible.
 
In the afternoon return by bus to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo Statiion, where you will be met and transferred 2-hours by road to Cusco.
 
Note: You must take your passport with you today, as this will be needed to gain entrance, which is restricted to 4-hours (based on either a morning or afternoon schedule). It is mandatory to enter with a guide and you cannot take selfie sticks, tripods, umbrellas, food or alcohol onto the site. You may not wear high heels or hard soled shoes and smoking is prohibited. If you leave the sanctuary for any reason (eg for lunch), re-entry will not be permitted. Only one bag not exceeding 11 lb (5 kg) is allowed as hand luggage on the train, so your main bags need to be left in luggage store at either your Cusco or Sacred Valley hotel, for later collection by yourself or our ground handler. From January to June parts of the rail track may be impassable at times due to mud slides, when a bus transfer will be substituted.
 
Logistics: You will need to be lifted into the train, which does not have an accessible toilet & your wheelchair will be stored in the baggage car. In Aguas Calientes you will need to be lifted into the bus, which is the hardest access of the day. Once you reach Machu Picchu you will transfer into an off-road wheelchair and today two assistants will help you get around the site.
Day 10
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon enjoy a half day tour of the magnificent colonial city of Cusco, built on Inca foundations and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Comprising a fascinating mix of colonial churches, monasteries and extensive pre-Columbian ruins, almost every central street in this city has remnants of Inca walls.
 
We start with a visit to the impressive Temple of the Sun (Koricancha) whose walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. On the site of this ancient Inca palace and centre of worship of the Sun God, the Dominicans ordered a church to be built, which survives to this day (Note: not open on Sunday mornings & religious holidays).  
 
We continue to the Plaza de Armas, the central plaza around which you will see many magnificent colonial buildings - including the Cathedral and the Church of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In well-preserved Loreto Street you can see the remains of Incan palaces, as well as old colonial buildings.
 
After your tour, if you are feeling adventurous you can try guinea pig - a local speciality.
 
Note: Cusco is situated at high altitude (11,150 ft / 3,400 m). Many of the streets in Cusco are cobbled and not all sites are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 11
This morning we leave the city and visit the impressive walled fortress of Sacsayhuaman (meaning 'speckled falcon') on the northern outskirts, believed to have been both a military and ceremonial centre. This enormous Inca structure has massive walls of hewn stone and is strategically located on a hill overlooking the city.
 
We also visit Qenko (meaning 'zigzag') where the sun, moon and stars were worshipped and Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), which may have been a "tambo" or rest and lodgings for the Inca. Finally we visit an art workshop, where you will be able to see artists working in silver, paint and wood - the perfect place to see Andean art.
 
Your afternooon is free to relax or explore more of Cusco with your guide.
 
Note: Not all these sites are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views. You will need to carry your passport to gain access to the site at Sacsayhuaman.
Day 12
Transfer to Cusco Airport for your onward flight.
 
Note: As there is no lifting equipment at the airport, you will be carried onto the aircraft.

You will be met at Lima Airport and escorted to your hotel situated in the airport complex.
Day 13
You will be escorted to Lima Airport for your flight home.

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