Blind on the Inca Trail – Discrimination Inclusive

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Read Ruediger Leidner's report from his trip to Peru, Summer 2010.

R. Leidner and wife at Machu PicchuPhoto: Ruediger Leidner accompanied by his wife at Machu Picchu.

Under the sub-heading, "States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sporting, recreational and tourism venues", (article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), Ruediger Leidner tells of his struggles to be included in a group of tourists who had come to walk the famous Inca Trail. Ruediger is blind.

While he coped well with the high altitude and the rough trail, the tour operators and checkpoint guards turned out to be a more significant challenge than he had ever expected.    

Reference: Article 30 of the CRPD

Download the 6-page report from Ruediger Leidner's trip to Peru from the right-hand column (PDF format).

About the author

Ruediger Leidner, born 1950, is president of the Tourism Coordination Board of the German Association of blind and partially sighted persons and was elected president of the National Coordination Board on Tourism For All in May 2010. Between 2002 and 2007 he was charged with issues of German and European tourism policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin and at the European Commission in Brussels.