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Quito Wheelchair Access Travel

Quito is the capital and the largest city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres above sea level, the second-highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz, and the one which is closest to the equator. It is located in the Andes Mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to statistical projections, Quito is the most populous city in Ecuador. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of the Metropolitan District of Quito. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito and Kraków, Poland, were among the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator.

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Attractions and Opportunities

Archbishops Palace

Basilica de la Merced 

Basilica of the National Vow 

Calle la Ronda

Church of the Society of Jesus

Guapulo Neighbourhood

Itchimbia Park

Intinan Solar Museum

La Merced Church

Metropolitan Cathedral 

Mitad del Mundo

Municipal Palace

Plaza Grande (Independence Square)

Plaza El Quinde

Plaza de San Francisco

Presidential Palace 

New Town (La Mariscal)

Santo Domingo Church 

Transport

 

 

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Rome Wheelchair Access Travel

Rome’s history spans 28 centuries, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city’s early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization and by some as the first ever metropolis. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–1455) pursued over four hundred years a coherent architectural and urban programme aimed at making the city the artistic and cultural centre of the world. In this way, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity. Rome wheelchair access is good, not great, but good. The historic nature of the city imposes many access restrictions, but it is those same historic aspects that motivates much disability travel to this city of history and legend. 

Attractions and Opportunities

Basilica of Santa Maria Del Popolo

Borghese Palace 

Campo De’ Fiori

Gelateria Della Palma

Hadrian’s Bridge

Piazza Del Popolo

Pantheon

Piazza Navona

Saint Angelo Bridge

Trevi Fountain

Transport

Train

Central Station is “Roma Termini”. It was recently reorganized to be modern and adequate for the requirements of large and various customers. The station is placed in a central zone and it is very well connected with the old town centre and with the most important tourist attractions of the city.

The station has a  service center called CAD ( Assistance Center for Disabled Travellers). CAD can provide you with ticket information as well as the reservation of handicap seats in the train. Moreover you can request for personal assistance to help you get in/out of a train and/or the station, take you to a connecting train and take you up or down the stairs in wheelchair lifters or elevators. For more information:

  • Ferrovie dello Stato–Information bureau 147888088
  • Ferrovie dello Stato–Lost property office 0647306682
  • Ferrovie dello Stato–Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Termini 064881726
  • Ferrovie dello Stato– Roma Termini Telephone device for the hearing impaired  DTS 0647306245
  • Ferrovie dello Stato– Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Ostiense 0647305066
  • Ferrovie dello Stato– Disabled Assistance Centre Roma Tiburtina 0647307184
  • Website: www.trenitalia.com
  • www.romatermini.it

Taxi

If you need to reserve a taxi, here are the numbers to call:

  • Assotaxi 800-980.094
  • Cosmo la Capitale 064994
  • Prontotaxi 066645
  • Radiotaxi 063570–0663898
  • Radiotevere 064157
  • Samarcanda 065551

Buses

Some of Rome’s busses are accessible, and unfortunately they only run on a few routes.  Also much of Rome’s city centre has very narrow streets that busses are not able to drive on.  The accessible busses have a ramp that the driver can extend to reach the curb.  Get the driver’s attention as the bus approaches or press the blue button shown in the image on the right.  When you want to get off the bus, press the button in the space next to the wheelchair spot.  
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Moscow wheelchair access travel

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17 million within the urban area. Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth. It is home to the Ostankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe; the Federation Tower, the second-tallest skyscraper in Europe; and the Moscow International Business Center. The city is well known for its architecture, particularly its historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its colourful architectural style. With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city. Moscow wheelchair access is average by modern western standards, despite the city being the seat of power of the Government of Russia. The Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city, making disability travel to the city well worth the effort.

Attractions and Opportunities

Alexander Garden

Cathedral of Annunciation and Ivan The Greats Bell Tower

Cathedral of Archangel

Fallen Monument Park

Gorky Park

Memorial Museum of Cosmonauts

Monument to the Conquerors of Space

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Pushkin Square

Red Square

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

The Kremlin Museum

Victory Park

Transport

A helpful guide to wheelchair access to the public transportation system in Moscow.

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Buenos Aires wheelchair access

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent’s southeastern coast. “Buenos Aires” can be translated as “fair winds” or “good airs”, but the former was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 14 million. Buenos Aires is a multicultural city, being home to multiple ethnic and religious groups. Several languages are spoken in the city in addition to Spanish, contributing to its culture and the dialect spoken in the city and in some other parts of the country. This is because in the last 150 years the city, and the country in general, has been a major recipient of millions of immigrants from all over the world, making it a melting pot where several ethnic groups live together and being considered as one of the most diverse cities of the Americas.

Attractions and Opportunities

El Caminito

Feria de Artesanos Caminito

Fundación Proa

Puerto Madero

Transport

Buenos Aires wheelchair access

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Lima wheelchair access tourism

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 9 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the third-largest city in the Americas (after São Paulo and Mexico City). Lima is home to one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551, during the Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas. Lima wheelchair access is good by South American standards, but challenging for western tourists. 

Attractions and Opportunities

Bajada de los Banos

Barranco District 

Bridge of Sighs

El Malecon

Government Palace 

Lima’s Historic Centre

Museo Larco   

Parque de Exposicion 

Parque de las Leyendas (Lima’s Zoo)

Pizzaro’s Tomb 

Plaza de Armas

Sala Erotica 

 

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Nairobi Wheelchair Access Travel

Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper had a population of approximately 5 Million. Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway. The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya. Nairobi wheelchair access remains poor. Kenya is not a wealthy country, so disability travel is not as easy as it is in many first world nations that have much stronger standards requiring wheelchair access in new buildings. 

Attractions and Opportunities

African Memorial Monument

City Hall

City Market

City Square

Downtown Nairobi 

Nairobi Arboretum

Jamia Mosque

National Museum

National Park 

Railway Museum

Snake Park

Uhuru Park

Windsor Golf and Country Club

 

 

Transport

 

Nairobi wheelchair access

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Hamilton Wheelchair Access Travel

Hamilton is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 169,300, making it the country’s fourth most-populous city. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

Attractions and Opportunities

Classics Museum

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Lake Domain

Hamilton Zoo

Waikato Museum

Transport

Accessibility

We aim to make the buses accessible for as many people as we can.

All buses will be low-floor and wheelchair-accessible. These features also enable prams and strollers to get on and off the bus more easily. All bus stops will be brought up to standard to support this: kerbs will be raised and footpaths will be raised to the correct height to maximise the accessibility of the low-floor buses.

Wheelchairs and prams

All our buses have extra space for wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs. Your driver may ask you to move out of this priority seating for someone who needs it.

If you use a wheelchair, all our buses have the ability to kneel close to the kerb to make it easy for you to board. Because accessibility can differ from stop to stop and bus to bus, the driver may have to set up a wheelchair ramp to help you board.

If you have a motorised wheelchair, please note that size can also be a factor for access on the bus. There is a maximum weight limit of 300 kg and a maximum width of 700 mm wide.

Please contact Ritchies Queenstown for more information on wheelchair access 03 441 4471.

Service dogs

The only animals allowed on the bus are service dogs. This includes guide and hearing dogs, and puppies in training. Your dog must be on a lead and sit on the floor.  

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Managua wheelchair access travel

Managua on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua has an estimated population 1.5 Million. The city was declared the national capital in 1852. Managua’s population is composed predominantly of mestizos and whites who are mainly of Spanish descent. The city was declared the national capital in 1852. Previously, the capital alternated between the cities of León and Granada. The 1972 Nicaragua earthquake and years of civil war in the 1980s severely disrupted and stunted Managua’s growth. It was not until the mid-1990s that Managua began to see a resurgence.  The 1935 National Palace of Culture houses the National Museum. Hilltop Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa is known for its crater lake and huge statue of revolutionary Augusto Sandino. Managua wheelchair access is poor in this quite poor country.

Attractions and Opportunities

Lake Managua 

Masaya Volcano National Park

New Metropolitan Cathedral

Old Metropolitan Cathedral

New Metropolitan Cathedral

Palace of Culture of The City 

Puerto Salvador Allende Park

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Paris wheelchair access travel

The City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of France. It is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts. Paris is especially known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was the most visited art museum in the world in 2018, with 10.2 million visitors. The historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Popular landmarks in the centre of the city include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the Gothic royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, both on the Île de la Cité; the Eiffel Tower, constructed for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889; the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, built for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900; the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées, and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre. Paris
wheelchair access is very good, as you would expect of this modern European city.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arc De Triomphe

Centre Pompidou

Eiffel Tower

Historic Axis of Paris 

La Defense

Louvre Museum

Luxembourg Gardens

Montmartre

Notre Dame Cathedral 

Palace of Versailles

Place de la Concorde

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Des Arts

Sacre-Coeur Basilica 

The Champs-Elysees

Transport

Metro

Due to its underground configuration and age, the Paris metro network will never be fully accessible. However, the network has undergone major work to improve accessibility to transport and stations.

Line 14, the most recent line on the network (inaugurated in 1998), offers full accessibility to wheelchair users. The lifts and wider passageways in each of the 9 stations enable wheelchair users to get around in complete autonomy. Access to metros is at the same level as the platform, with no gap. Vianavigo/Infomobiprovides information in real time on the availability of lifts in the station. This metro line runs from Olympiades in the south-east of Paris to Saint-Lazare train station in the north-west and serves many tourist sites: François Mitterrand library, Bercy Village, parc de Bercy, the Cinémathèque Française, Les Halles shopping centre, the Louvre Museum,  the Opéra Garnier district, the Madeleine, Pinacothèque de Paris, Grands Magasins, etc.

For visually-impaired people, hazard warning strips have been put on all platform edges of the Métro and RER networks. Blister raised surfaces are perceptible to a person’s feet or walking stick and warn blind and sight-impaired people of the proximity to the railway line.

Taxis

Two Parisian taxi companies offer adapted vehicles for transporting people in wheelchairs: G7 and its ‘Horizon’ service, and Taxi Parisien PMR.

These taxis are available 7/7, 24/24 and fares are identical to those of a classic taxi (in accordance with the pricing system put in place by the French administration and applicable to all taxis parisiens).

Bicycle 

Daily cycling and commuting by bike is developing rapidly in urban areas, especially in the Île-de-France region. As part of its ambition to become a comprehensive, sustainable mobility service provider by the year 2020, RATP addresses the expectations of the network’s cyclists. To facilitate network access (metro, RER and tramway), RATP is developing projects and implementing suitable solutions to make cycling a mode of transport in its own right.

On its metro and RER lines, RATP provides cyclists more than 900 free covered cycle parking spaces, as well as open-air bike racks with nearly 600 spaces.

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Kyoto wheelchair access travel

Kyoto (officially Kyoto City) is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. It is best known in Japanese history for being the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, but winters are relatively cold with occasional snowfall. Kyoto’s rain season begins around the middle of June and lasts until the end of July. Kyoto, along with most of the Pacific coast and central areas of Japan is prone to typhoons during September and October. Kyoto wheelchair access is on average, well … average.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arashiyama 

Fushimi Inari–taisha 

Gion

Heian Shrine

Ishibei-koji Lane 

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kyoto Tower

Kodai Temple 

Nanzenji 

Nijo Castle

Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka

Shorenin Temple

 

Transport

 

Kyoto wheelchair access

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