Five Wheelchair Accessible Travel Destinations in Latin America

In Latin America, travelers in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility can find facilities adapted to their needs in the most popular tourist sites, such as the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru or the Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, among other destinations.

These are some of the most important places where wheelchair travelers can enjoy the nature and culture of different places in Latin America.


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Machu Picchu, Peru

To access these ruins, travelers must climb a steep incline to the heights of the Andes Mountains, but for wheelchair users this is not a problem as the company Wheel the World offers tours in which visitors use a special steel and aluminum chair that allows them to climb the mountain and enjoy the journey until they reach the sacred city of the Incas.

A four-day itinerary combines cultural and natural sites and includes an adapted bicycle, a visit to Ollantaytambo on a Joelette (all-terrain) wheelchair and a city tour of Cusco. In addition, there is a wide choice of accommodation in accessible rooms and support for special needs.

Wheel the World offers services in over 160 destinations around the world with expert assistance that makes the experience unique for travelers who need to use wheelchairs.

To get to the sacred city of Machu Picchu in Peru, tourists in wheelchairs use tracks specially designed for their needs. (Photo via Wheel the World).

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this stunning location allows wheelchair users to tour the tourist area along Argentina’s National Park.

The area has over 8,700 meters of footbridges and paths that wheelchair-bound visitors use to reach the best vantage point of the iconic Devil’s Throat. The path is supported by guardrails and ramps to make the route more user-friendly.

Tourists visiting Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Wheelchair travelers can reach the balcony with the best view of Devil’s Throat in Iguazu Falls. (Photo courtesy of Emily Krause).

Los Copihues, Chile

It is an extraordinary forest that travelers in wheelchairs can enjoy thanks to the Chilean government’s Forest Therapy program which allows them to live a fabulous experience in the midst of lush nature.

The Los Copihues Inclusive Trail offers wheelchair accessible trails that allow travelers to experience the bark of the trees and the texture of the leaves, and admire the biodiversity of this protected area where the famous natural monument of Cerro ñielol and Villarrica National Park.

Costa Rica

This wonderful Central American country is one of the nations that has developed the most inclusive destinations in Latin America thanks to an important initiative promoted by the government.

Wheelchair visitors can find many exclusive facilities for their needs with which they can make visits to fabulous places such as the Poás Volcano, Manuel Antonio Park and Caraca, sites of enormous biodiversity.

Bri Bri, Costa Rica, Visit Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the countries with the best wheelchair tourist facilities. (Photo via Visit Costa Rica).

The natural parks of Costa Rica enjoy special support from expert guides who, in addition to offering explanations about the region, meet the needs of this segment of tourism. Experiences include boating and hiking in national parks aboard Joelette wheelchairs.

Cancun, Mexico

This paradise in the Mexican Caribbean is another destination that wheelchair users can make the most of, thanks to services specially designed for their needs, from the airport to the hotels. There is a wide range of accommodation for people with special needs. It includes the rental of equipment, ramps and exclusive access to reach the beaches.

A woman in a beach wheelchair on a beach in South Walton, Florida.
In Cancun, Mexico, wheelchair users can access the beaches from their hotel via special ramps. (Photo via South Walton).

In addition, there are interesting options for visits to archaeological sites, such as Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan city of extraordinary historical and cultural value, where people in wheelchairs have the possibility of boarding buses with special facilities and expert guides who assist them during the day.