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Mexico City and Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

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Robert did not make this trip with me, but I thought I would write it up anyway as I think it could be helpful.  I spent about a week in September 2016, partially for work and partially for pleasure. For the pleasure part, I stayed with a friend in Polanco.  For the work part, I stayed in the Sheraton Santa Fe in Santa Fe.  Santa Fe is a relatively new area, and is a major business district.  While there is not much to do there from a tourism perspective, it has some of the most interesting buildings I’ve ever...

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Oaxaca and Mexico City Wheelchair Travel Tips

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I am a T2 paraplegic and I travelled through Mexico for a month in a manual chair with my boyfriend, who is not in a wheelchair in 2016. I spent the majority of my time in the city of Oaxaca and a few days in Mexico City. Depending on where you visit, you will likely encounter varying levels of accessibility as the country is adopting public accessibility features at different rates. Nonetheless, both Oaxaca and Mexico City are incredibly interesting and rich cities in their own way and are worth the journey. Mexico City is a bustling and cosmopolitan...

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Southern Mexico Accessible Tours and Tips

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People come from all over the world to soak up the sun in Mexico year-round. Besides the turquoise waters, warm inviting climate and Mexican food, what drew me and boyfriend to this country was the history of one of the world’s oldest known civilizations, the Mayans. Ancient sites have been uncovered and carefully preserved for travelers seeking a greater understanding of the Mayans, including one of the seven wonders of the world. A few small historical sites are located within urban areas but the major ones require traveling a good distance into the jungles of Mexico. For decades these...

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Westin Lagunamar in Cancun, Mexico

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On a trip to Cancun, Mexico for a little exploring but some much needed leisure time. We stayed at the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, which is located across the street from La Isla Mall and about 40 minute drive from the airport. The resorts rooms are all kitchenette style with wash/dryer. The room we stayed in had both a bathtub and a roll in shower. They provided a shower bench, not chair that was pretty much falling apart. The room was big enough for two wheelchairs to move around fine. We were first put in a room on the...

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7-Day Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy Cruise

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As you may have read in my last articles, my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of signing up, we received a special allotment of points that had to be used up within a short amount of time, so we decided to use them on a Disney Cruise.  As you can see from my other two cruise articles, we are hooked and continue to think about future cruises with Disney. We learned from our 7 day Eastern Cruise, that you get the best deals...

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Adapted Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

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Peaceful, serene, other worldy. You know, all those cliché terms people throw around. They are all true and yet do not begin to describe the experience I had SCUBA diving. Over the last few years I have had the great privilege to become part of the Lifewaters dive family. Trained by and then finally christened on my first ocean dive during the summer of 2013 and again in June 2014.  Yes, I said family.  It is a group of individuals from all over the country and yet it feels like family. All abilities, all backgrounds, all ages. As with...

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Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

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As a world-class scuba diving destination, Cozumel, Mexico is an obvious travel destination for divers. However, with its breathtaking beaches, National Marine Park, and ancient history it offers something for anyone looking for a Caribbean vacation. In June, my husband and I joined a group of adaptive scuba divers for our 2nd trip to this Mexican paradise. Getting There Two major airports serve the area, Cancun and Cozumel. If you fly into Cancun then the next step is to take the ferry over to the island of Cozumel.  We did not use this method but some of our traveling mates...

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Western Caribbean Cruise: Ruby Princess

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As 2014 approached and about two months removed from my 5-day cruise onboard Princess Cruise Lines Flagship Royal Princess, I found myself itching to go on another cruise.  I started to roam the websites of Disney, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines to get an idea as to where I wanted to go, for how long and when.  When it came right down to it all, I couldn’t get myself away from Princess.  They were after-all my first cruise line and always very accommodating to me.  I narrowed my search down to two itineraries, a 5-night to either the...

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Cruise: Mexico, Honduras, Belize & Isla Roatan

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It was a cold day bundled in my down overcoat in New England and I couldn’t count down the hours fast enough to spring break where I can feel the warmth of the sun to feed my soul and keep me going until the summer months. As my companion and I found our seats with our friends after boarding the plane, I smiled. I love everything about getting on the plane. From the steady hum of the air flowing in to the congested people frantically trying to find their seat, to the random kindness of a stranger helping someone...

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Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 2011 Trip

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I am a C5-incomplete chair user. I had the pleasure to visit Guadalajara in Mexico. I stayed there 5 months. People will tell you that Mexico is not wheelchair friendly and to be honest they are many places to avoid but it is possible. When arriving to the Airport there, you can make prior arrangements with a Transport Company. The office telephone number is 0133-3620-9592 and 0133-1566-9251. The cellular number is 04433-1602-5855. If you speak  Spanish you can talk to the phone service, but if you only speak English,  please speak to the Supervisor (Manuel) on his cell.  This...

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Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the stares fro­m the townfolk in Mexico may take some getting used to, but after awhile you will realize that the attention is due to your celebrity status.  Many Mexicans have never seen a person in a wheelchair, let alone a van with wheelchair lift, hand controls and a vehicle without a driver’s seat.  The bewilderment in the eyes of children is really something to behold.  Salvedor’s three young children took turns taking rides up and down the lift as though they were at a Six Flags amusement park. Puerto Vallarta poses somewhat of an...

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Lake Chapala, Mexico 2011 Access Review

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This trip was to Chapala, Mexico. It’s a small town located about 45 minutes drive from the Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. About 1 hours drive from the city itself. Before arriving at the Airport there is a wheelchair transport company that you can make arrangements with for pick-up. They have Vans with lifts and can take you to Guadalajara, Chapala, etc. Just tell them your destination. Tel 0133-3620-9592 and 0133-1566-9251 and the cellular phone is 04433-1602-5855. If you speak  Spanish you can talk to the phone service. if you only speak English,  please speak to the Supervisor on...

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