IMPAIRED TRAVELERS IN ECUADOR
Unfortunately, Ecuador’s infrastructure is limited for impaired travelers.
Lenin Moreno, the country’s president from 2017 to 2021, being dependent on a wheelchair himself since the 1990s, has done a lot in his public-service work to address the issue.
But, there are only a few wheelchair ramps, mostly in newer buildings and hotels. Bathrooms in restaurants or bars are often too small for disabled travelers
Also, sidewalks are often cracked and potholed.
Signs in Braille are practically non-existent.
When it comes to nature and hiking, not many destinations are accessible with a wheelchair within Ecuador and the Galapagos. Most paths are rough.
Still, with the help of others, mostly, Ecuadorians with disabilities get around.
Buses are legally obligated to take disabled passengers for free, on domestic flights, there’s a 50% discount.
We at Terra Sur Travels will definitely give our best to accommodate any special needs our disabled travelers might have. Contact us and we will design your desired and perfect tour.
IMPAIRED TRAVELERS IN COLOMBIA
Colombia is taking strides toward improving accessibility but remains a somewhat challenging destination for impaired travelers. Forward-thinking Medellín is perhaps the easiest place for travelers with reduced mobility, followed by other major cities like Bogotá, Bucaramanga and Cali.
Sidewalks are often uneven and full of potholes. While more and more ramps are being added they are not everywhere. Motorists also are used to flying around corners without stopping for those crossing the road.
Many restaurants and hotels do not have ramps for visitors with impaired mobility. Large chain hotels are more likely to have accessible rooms – usually just a couple – and public areas. Larger shopping malls also usually have ramps and elevators.
Most major integrated public transport systems, including the TransMilenio in Bogotá and the metro in Medellín, have accessible stations and vehicles but overcrowding can make travel difficult and unpleasant. The majority of Colombia’s taxis are small hatchback vehicles that are not particularly easy to get in or out of and often have little space for wheelchairs or other bulky items.
IMPAIRED TRAVELERS IN PERU
Most disabilities shouldn’t stop anyone from travelling. However, Peru is considerably less equipped for impaired travelers than most parts of North America and Europe.
Not many hotels are outfitted for travelers with disabilities. And only a few restaurants, museums, and means of public transportation make special accommodations for such patrons.
There are few ramps, very few wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and almost no telephones for the hearing impaired. Though it continues to lag behind Europe and North America, Peru has been seeking to make its tourist infrastructure more accessible to people with disabilities.