Tips for Travelers with Disabilities

 If you are a person with a disability and dream of exploring the wonders of Peru, you are in the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable tips to make your trip accessible, comfortable and worry-free. From requesting assistance at the airport to choosing the right accommodation and taking advantage of accessible attractions in Peru, here you will find key information to successfully plan your adventure.

Provide an accurate description of your disability in a clear manner

When making travel arrangements, it is essential to clearly describe your disability to airlines, travel agencies and service providers. Communicate your specific needs, such as mobility requirements, special seating or any other adaptations needed to ensure your comfort during your trip.

We recommend requesting assistance from the relevant airline

Before flying to Peru, do not hesitate to ask your airline for assistance. Airlines often offer services for passengers with disabilities, such as wheelchairs at the airport, assistance with boarding and disembarkation, and help with luggage. Be sure to communicate your needs when booking and coordinate details in advance.

Try to avoid flights with stopovers

If possible, choose direct flights to your destination in Peru. Avoiding connecting flights (with stopovers) will help minimise stress and transportation-related hurdles. By selecting direct flights, you will reduce the possibility of delays and additional problems during your trip.

Select accommodation that best suits your needs

When it comes to accommodation, it is important to choose options that are accessible to your disability. Research hotels, resorts or flats that offer adapted rooms, with facilities such as accessible bathrooms, ramps and lifts. Communicate your specific needs when booking and make sure that the accommodation can meet your requirements.

Check availability and the best doctors in advance

If you have specific medical needs, it is advisable to check the availability of services and the best doctors in the destination you will be visiting in Peru. Research hospitals, clinics and specialists in your area of medical care before you travel. This way, you will have peace of mind knowing that you will have adequate care if any medical needs arise during your stay.

Select a personalised travel plan

Consider choosing a specialised travel plan designed for people with disabilities. There are travel agencies and tour operators that specialise in organising accessible and adapted experiences. These travel plans often include adapted transportation, trained guides and carefully selected attractions to ensure a barrier-free experience.

Purchase health insurance

Before you travel, it is essential to purchase adequate health insurance to cover your specific needs. Health insurance will provide protection in case of emergencies or unexpected medical needs during your trip. Make sure you read and understand the terms and conditions of the insurance before purchasing it.

Accessible attractions for people with disabilities in Peru

Peru offers a variety of accessible attractions for people with disabilities. Some examples include:

  • Machu Picchu: While the terrain can present challenges, improvements have been made to facilitate access for people with disabilities. It is recommended to coordinate in advance and use specialised guides.
  • The city of Cusco: This charming city has cobblestone streets and some areas can be difficult to navigate. However, many tourist sites, restaurants and accommodations are adapted for people with disabilities.
  • Huascaran National Park: This is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful natural scenery. Some hiking trails are accessible and offer breathtaking views for everyone.

The nature reserves are accessible tourist destinations

  • The National Reserves of Paracas
  • Tambopata National Reserves
  • The National Reserves of Lachay
  • The System of Islands and Guano Points (Punta Coles, Ballestas Islands and Islotes Palomino)
  • The Huascaran National Parks
  • Tingo María and Yanachaga Chemillén National Parks
  • The Bosque de Pomac Historical Sanctuary 
  • The Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary.

Note: Sernap has highlighted that the Paracas National Reserve has the necessary conditions and facilities for the access of people with disabilities such as ramps for the use of wheelchairs.

Make sure you have all the necessary documentation with you.

Don’t forget to take with you all relevant documentation, such as medical reports, identification cards for people with disabilities and any other documentation that may be needed during your trip. This will help you in case you need to access medical services, request assistance or resolve any situation related to your disability.


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