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Travellers with Disabilities

  • Negotiating Argentina as a disabled traveler is not the easiest of tasks. Those in wheelchairs in particular will quickly realize that many cities’ narrow, busy and uneven sidewalks are difficult to negotiate. Crossing streets is also a problem, since not every corner has ramps (and those that exist are often in need of repair) and traffic can be ruthless when it comes to pedestrians and wheelchair users.
  • A few buses do have piso bajo – they ‘kneel’ and have extra-large spaces – but the Subte (subway) in Buenos Aires does not cater to the mobility-impaired.
  • International hotel chains often have wheelchair-accessible rooms, as do other less-fancy hotels. Some restaurants, tourist sights and public buildings have ramps, but bathrooms are not always wheelchair-accessible (in bigger cities, shopping malls are a good bet for these).
  • In Buenos Aires, QRV Transportes Especiales offers private transportation and city tours in vans fully equipped for wheelchair users.
  • 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 in Buenos Aires maintains a Braille collection of books in Spanish, as well as other resources.
  • Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Also check out the following international organizations:

Flying Wheels Travel (www.flyingwheelstravel.com)

Mobility International USA (www.miusa.org)

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (www.sath.org)