SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A Chilean start-up has been launched to open up some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions to disabled visitors.
The idea for Wheel the World was borne out of an expedition three years ago to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia by a group of friends from the University of California at Berkeley.
The group crowd-funded a special wheelchair for their friend, Álvaro Silberstein, who was left quadriplegic following a car accident when he was 18.
They documented their trip for those who had contributed to the fund and, spurred by the ensuing interest, began investigating other bucket-list vacations that could be adapted for the disabled.
Since its inception last year, Wheel the World’s seven-man team has arranged trips for more 900 people, including to Chile’s driest desert, San Pedro de Atacama, scuba diving off Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean, ziplining in Costa Rica and a trek along the Inca Trail to Peru’s Machu…
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