Best South American Country to Visit if you are unfit (no hikes)?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 3, 2012 3:51 PM Last Post By: beerfree
May 3, 2012 7:50 AM
Best South American Country to Visit if you are unfit (no hikes)?Hi
I am thinking of going to South America for 3 weeks at the end of July. This is probably just enough time for one country but I could do with some advice over which country to go to?
I will be a 29 yr old solo female traveller but an unfit one with ankle trouble.
I have travelled around south east asia and had a wonderful time and this would be the next continent on my bucket list.
While Peru and Machu Picchu sounds wonderful- I wouldn't be able for a long uphill hike. If there was a bus to the top I could manage but otherwise it would be out.
Any suggestions/ help would be much appreciated.
May 3, 2012 11:12 AM
1Well, to experience the glory of the mountains, you could go to place with chairlifts or other conveyences. Apart from ski areas (even off season) , this might include places where they have tourist lifts. Salta , Argentina, has one over the city. Villarica volcano over Pucon has one part way up. Generally, the lake district of Argentina (such as Mt Otto or Cathedral at Bariloche) and Chile has many such places that are open year-round. A tour made for you might be the Observatory tour up a road above the Atacama Desert of Chile (i forget the name of the place at the moment) alto it would be expensive and you would have to book well in advance.
I am sure Macchu Pichu has tours for disabled people with special arrangements, but I would not know where to start to look. Again, it might be prohibitively expensive.
May 3, 2012 11:41 AM
2Brazil. It's mostly flat, except for the bits that aren't.
May 3, 2012 11:43 AM
3To add to the comment about the observatories in norrthern Chile, there are many you could tour. I do not want to recommend this particular tour company, but this page gives you an idea of the location of some of them.
See also this for a simpler tour of one near Vicuña, east of La Sirena:
May 3, 2012 11:49 AM
4A page dealing with handicapped access of Macchu Pichu:
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