Colombia is taking strides toward improving accessibility but remains a somewhat challenging destination for travelers with disabilities. 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 while more and more ramps are being added they are far from being universal. 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.

Accessible Travel Online Resources

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