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Accessability of Ecuador in South America

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Ecuador is a small but heavily bio-diverse country located on the west side of South America. Traveling around the country proposes challenges for those with a limited mobility as accessibility only began to be implemented during the 2007-2013 term of Vice President Lenín Moreno, a paraplegic. Such improvements included some accessible ramps to sidewalks and major attractions, accessible restrooms at selected gas stations, and CONADIS, a government program that provides aid and resources to Ecuadorians with a visual, cognitive, hearing, or physical limitation. The main goal of CONADIS is to rehabilitate Ecuadorians and give them the tools to be...

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Unexpected Thrills of Ecuador Travel

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It was our first day out Quito and into real Ecuador. We were staying at an accessible hostel on a hillside overlooking the vibrant town of Baños de Agua Santa called Las Granadillas. The town’s name comes from the natural hot springs that still exist today in the form a public pool with a waterfall nearby. Waterfalls are all around Baños de Agua Santa, including a few visible from the hostel’s many patios. After breakfast the plan was to drive to an area referred to as Agoyam, named after the waterfall that exists there that flows into a river...

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Accessible Rooms in a Baños, Ecuador Hostel

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Baños de Agua Santa may be the most wheelchair accessible city in Ecuador thanks to the efforts of Alfonso and his mother Rebeca Maria. Alfonso and Rebeca Maria opened a hostel on a hill where they service tourists, including those with limited mobility. The area is safe and known for the surrounding majestic landscape. At the entrance someone is always there to greet you. The family hostel Las Granadillas in Baños, Ecuador is place to “live in harmony with nature, adventure travel and integrate with people we serve” says owner Alfonso.     Las Granadillas has four floors and all of them...

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Accessible Lodging in the Amazon for Wheelchair Guests

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The Huasquila Amazon Lodge located in Sacred Valley of Cotundo in Tena, Ecuador is the only wheelchair accessible overnight accommodation in the Amazon. The entire property rests on one level with interconnecting, smooth concrete pathways that are at a slight slope (just under USA ADA specifications) to the restaurant, pool and bungalows. Pathways are long too so if you ever need a push, a staff member can assist. Upon arrival you will be greeted at the entrance by a member of the staff. Inside at the reception there is open area where a guest using a wheelchair has good access....

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South America for All

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South America for All is a tour operator that offers accesible tours through the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Highlands and Amazon of ECUADOR, Machu-Picchu, Sacred Valley, Titicaca lake in PERU as well as a fine Buenos Aires, Iguazú and Ushuaia tour in ARGENTINA.  We have been working over 8 years in accesible tourism and understand your needs which combine with an excellent product knoweldge results in a memorable trip for you!!  Our tours combine adventure, culture, leisure and nature.  Contact us so we can plan/advice you in the perfect tour for...

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Tour of Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador

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Ecuadorians are a mix of native and Spanish people, in which they call themselves “mestizo.”  The mestizo are a kind and happy people. Since 1998 the Vice President has been a person with a physical disability and because of this he has done so much work toward the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in the society. Different programs have been implemented towards inclusion of people with disabilities, but the biggest improvement has been the shift in the attitude towards and treatment of people with disabilities. Ecuador is working towards accessibility, but of course the country is not 100%...

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