Top of the World

March 22, 2019
Alvaro Silberstein visits Machu Picchu in a wheelchair. He is a cofounder of Wheel the World.
JOYCE SILBERSTEIN—WHEEL THE WORLD

Each year, millions of people hike up to Machu Picchu. It is an ancient site in the mountains of Peru. The trip is tough. Until recently, it was nearly impossible for a person with a physical disability.

Wheel the World has changed that. The company runs wheelchair tours of Machu Picchu and other spots around the globe. It was founded by Camilo Navarro and Alvaro Silberstein. Silberstein uses a wheelchair. The friends wanted to go on adventures together. That’s how Wheel the World got its start.

“Our dream is to help people with disabilities travel to all kinds of places around the world,” Navarro told TIME for Kids. Their tours use a special wheelchair. It is pushed like a wheelbarrow. “It is a super light wheelchair,” Navarro says. “It’s quite strong. It lets you get to every corner, in all types of terrain.”

Wheel the World wants to give people with disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else. “Lack of accessibility affects all of us,” Navarro says. “It’s important to build a more fair and inclusive world.”