Accessible Travel

Negotiating Buenos Aires as a disabled traveler is not the easiest of tasks. City sidewalks are narrow, busy and dotted with many broken tiles. Not every corner has a ramp, and traffic is ruthless when it comes to pedestrians (and wheelchair-users). A few buses do have piso bajo (lowering floors; they ‘kneel’ and have extra-large spaces), but the Subte (subway) does not cater to the mobility-impaired.

International hotel chains often have wheelchair-accessible rooms, as do other less fancy hotels – accessibility laws have changed for the better over the last few years. Imagine Hotel in Congreso is fully accessible. Some restaurants and many important tourist sights have ramps, but BA is sorely lacking in wheelchair-accessible bathrooms – although the city’s shopping malls usually have at least one, restaurants don’t often have the appropriate installations.

In Buenos Aires, QRV Transportes Especiales offers private transport and city tours in vans fully equipped for wheelchair users. BA Cultural Concierge offers service for low-mobility travelers.

Other than the use of braille on ATMs little effort has been dedicated to bettering accessibility for the vision-impaired. Stoplights are rarely equipped with sound alerts. The Biblioteca Argentina Para Ciegos maintains a braille collection of over 3000 books, as well as other resources.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.