Five Wheelchair Accessible Travel Destinations in Latin America

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In Latin America, wheelchair-bound travelers or those with limited mobility can find facilities to suit their needs in the most popular tourist sites, such as the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru or the Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, among other destinations.

These are some of the most important places where travelers in wheelchairs can enjoy the nature and culture of different sites of Latin America.

Machu Picchu, Peru

To get to these ruins travelers have to go up a steep climb to the heights of the Andes mountains, but for people in wheelchairs that is not a problem because the company Wheel the World offers tours in which visitors use a special steel and aluminum chair that allows them to climb the mountain and enjoy the path until reaching the sacred city of the Incas.

A four-day itinerary tour combines cultural and natural sites and includes adapted biking, a visit to Ollantaytambo on a Joelette Wheelchair (all-terrain), and a Cusco city tour. In addition, there is a wide choice of accommodations in accessible rooms and support for special requirements.

Wheel the World offers services in more than 160 destinations around the world with expert support that makes the experience unique for travelers needing to use wheelchairs.

To get to the sacred city of Machu Picchu in Peru, wheelchair tourists use tracks specially designed for their needs. (Photo via Wheel the World).

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this stunning location allows wheelchair users to tour the tourist area along the Argentine National Park.

The area boasts more than 8,700 yards of walkways and trails that wheelchair-bound visitors use to reach the best viewing point of the iconic Devil’s Throat. The path is supported by railings and ramps to make the route more friendly.

Tourists Visiting Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Wheelchair-bound travelers can reach the balcony with the best view of the Devil’s Throat in the Iguazu Falls. (Photo courtesy of Emily Krause).

Los Copihues, Chile

This is an extraordinary forest that wheelchair-bound travelers can enjoy thanks to the Chilean government’s Forest Therapy program which allows them to live a fabulous experience in the middle of lush nature.

The inclusive Los Copihues trail has wheelchair-accessible paths that allow travelers to experience the bark of trees, and the textures of leaves, and admire the biodiversity of this protected area where the famous Cerro ñielol Natural Monument and Villarrica National Park are located.

Costa Rica

This wonderful Central American country is one of the nations that has developed the most inclusive destinations in Latin America thanks to an important initiative promoted by the government.

Visitors in wheelchairs can find many exclusive facilities for their needs with which they can make tours of fabulous places such as the Poás Volcano, Manuel Antonio Park, and Caraca, sites of enormous biodiversity.

Bri Bri, Costa Rica, Visit Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the countries with the best wheelchair tourist facilities. (Photo via Visit Costa Rica).

The natural parks of Costa Rica have special support from expert guides who, in addition to offering explanations about the area, help with the needs of this segment of tourism. Experiences include boating and hiking in national parks aboard Joelette wheelchairs.

Cancun, Mexico

This paradise of the Mexican Caribbean is another destination that wheelchair users can enjoy to the fullest, thanks to the services especially thought for their needs, from the airport to the hotels. There is a wide range of accommodation facilities for people with special needs. It includes the rental of equipment, ramps, and exclusive access to reach the beaches.

A woman in a beach wheelchair on a beach in South Walton, Florida.
In Cancun, Mexico, wheelchair users can access the beaches from their hotel via special ramps. (Photo via South Walton).

In addition, there are interesting options for tours to archeological sites, such as Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan city of extraordinary historical and cultural value, where people in wheelchairs have the opportunity to board buses with special facilities and expert guides who assist them during the day.

Source: TravelPulse

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