Travelers With Disabilities
For people with disabilities, Chile can be problematical. The narrow, uneven city sidewalks, fast-moving traffic, and rugged backcountry are unkind to people with disabilities, especially those who need wheelchairs. Picturesque Valparaíso’s winding pathways and staircases can be nightmarish for wheelchair users.
Public transportation can rarely accommodate passengers with disabilities, though Santiago’s newer Metro stations have elevators. Santiago’s Servicio Tixi (tel. 800/372300 toll-free) has specially equipped cabs.
Few older buildings are specifically equipped for people with disabilities, but the prevalence of earthquakes means they are low and can often accommodate them. At newer hotels, often high-rises, disabled accessibility is obligatory.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition