With your working days behind you, you are eager to get out there to begin experiencing the best sites that the world has to offer. On every continent, the bones of former civilizations await your eager eyes, but there is one problem that complicates it all: your rapidly advancing age has left you more hobbled than you’d like to admit.
As much as this pains you to deal with, there are simply some sites that you are unable to see without putting yourself in a great amount of pain, and some are simply inaccessible to anybody that isn’t young and virile.
The good news out of all this is that most world class ruins and fortifications around the world are still in play, and accessibility is improving all the time. With this in mind, here are three senior friendly historical sites around the world that deliver in a big way when it comes to cultural significance…
1) Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap, Cambodia
Of all the historical sites in Southeast Asia, this is the big one. While not all of the temples are easily accessible by mobility-restricted seniors, the main temple at Angkor Wat can be explored extensively, with only the upper portions of the towers proving problematic.
For the best pictures of this complex, be sure to rise early at 4 AM, before the sun rises. Watching it crest the horizon at the famous Cambodian ruins will be an experience you are unlikely to forget anytime soon!
2) Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the Mayans were building impressive stone works of their own that rivaled the installations of the Khmer. The capital of their empire was Chichen Itza, and though the empire peaked over 1,000 years ago, their remnants have survived nicely in the present day.
While you likely won’t be huffing and puffing your way up El Castillo anytime soon, you can still marvel at their greatness from below, and access to the ball court is of course unaffected!
3) La Alhambra, Granada, Spain
When in Spain, seeing La Alhambra is an experience you won’t want to miss. This former Moorish stronghold combined a superior defensive position with design features that will wow you with their sublime beauty.
While some of the narrower alleyways will pose problems to those with a wheelchair, most of the significant sites like the soaring ceilings in its interior and the gorgeous fountains and reflecting pools in the courtyard are easily doable, making this tour a very realistic possibility for mobility-restricted seniors.