Travelling with a wheelchair has its challenges but here are ten top trips you CAN take, says accessible travel expert Gordon Rattray
There are operators with accessible vehicles and knowledge of adapted accommodation in all the major parks.
Explore Machu Picchu – you may need help to navigate the steep stone stairways, but this is easily organised.
Few viewpoints are completely step-free, but help is readily offered and surrounding activities – including rafting, helicopter flights and game drives – can all be adapted to accommodate limited mobility.
Rediscover the Darwin-inspiring wildlife off mainland Ecuador. A professional kayaker accompanies trips in two-person kayaks, and a wheelchair-friendly guesthouse can be used in San Cristóbal.
See the fjords and forests by light aircraft, and the ice floes of the Beagle Channel by catamaran. Experienced operators use minibuses with ramps and hotels with step-free bathrooms.
Navigate Alaska’s Glacier Bay by accessible boat, hopefully spotting wolves and bears on the snow-clad mountains. A refitted ex-minesweeper operates in the region, with widened decks and lifts – you can even be securely winched into a kayak!
There is now gently ramped entry into the mausoleum and wheelchairs are available.
With a few extra harnesses and a bit of manhandling, Australia and New Zealand now include extreme sports – bungee jumping, jet boating and canyon swinging – on their list of accessible options.
Many resorts are completely inclusive and sit skis exist in mono, bi or more stable ‘kart’ versions, allowing even high-level quadriplegics complete freedom.
Combine whale-watching on the south coast with an overland truck trip to Kruger for the ultimate 'Rainbow Nation' adventure.
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