Accessible Rio Guide by Lonely Planet

Like many cities in developing countries, Rio is not very disabled-friendly and, with its purse strings already stretched to the max to get the basic facilities ready for the Games, how well set up will it be for the thousands of Paralympic athletes set to descend on the city for the Paralympic Games in early September? And what about the thousands of disabled sports fans who will be visiting to watch the Olympics or Paralympics?

With this in mind, Lonely Planet sent wheelchair user Emily Rose Yates – a Games Maker at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and an accessibility consultant for MetroRio – to put in the hard yards on the ground and write a guide with the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what to watch out for if you have a disability. The International Paralympic Committee has ordered copies of Accessible Rio De Janeiro to put in the welcome pack for athletes arriving the Olympic Village. But, as part of its Travel for All initiative launched in 2013, Lonely Planet is giving away electronic versions of the guide to the public for free.

The guide covers everywhere you’re likely to want to go if you’re visiting Rio for the 2016 Olympic or Paralympic Games – the Maracanã Football Stadium, Copacabana, Barra da Tijuca, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea and more – with neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood accessible top tips. Disabled athletes and visitors will discover where to surf and samba with local disabled people’s organizations, and how to explore the lively nightlife scene and take in amazing beach views from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). From what to expect when you land and how to avoid the hassle of unexpected barriers, to planning an accessible weekend, this guide has it all.

Supplementing all the features of Lonely Planet guides that have made them the traveller’s Bible – essential information, detailed maps, honest reviews and cultural insights – with information about the accessibility of sports venues, restaurants, cafes and hotels, Accessible Rio De Janeiro will be indispensable for anyone travelling to Rio who has access needs.


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Book details

ISBN: 9781786577634

Language: English

Authors: Emily Rose Yates, Regis St. Louis

160 pages



About Emily Rose Yates

“Emily is clearly passionate about accessible travel and inspired by her experience at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where she volunteered as a Games Maker. So it is great that she is now working on a guide which will provide practical support and encouragement for disabled people to go out to Rio to experience the Paralympic Games for themselves. Her travel guide is very much aligned with the BPA’s vision ‘through sport, a better world for disabled people’ and as such we are very supportive of it. We believe that Emily's hard work and dedication to this guide will result in it being a useful resource to disabled travellers and will enrich and facilitate their journey to Brazil.”

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association

“In my closing speech at the Paralympic Games in London I talked about the author of this book, Emily. The Games, she said ‘had lifted the cloud of limitation’ for people with disability”

Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF



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Galapagos & Amazon - 11 Day Accessible Adventure

Experience the best that Ecuador has to offer on this incredible 11-Day Tour to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon! On this accessible adventure, you will encounter the diverse flora and fauna of these two picturesque landscapes and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Galapagos/Amazon Highlights:

  • Enjoy the beach at the Galapagos, searching for Blue-Footed Boobies and sea lions
  • Stay at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, the only accessible destination in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Engage, dance, and eat with an indigenous community
  • Raft through the Amazon River with a professional team
  • Tour Quito´s Colonial Center, declared a World Culture Heritage site by UNESCO
  • Visit the Middle of the World and straddle the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres at the ¨Mitad del Mundo¨ mo



Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Welcome to Ecuador! Your guide will pick you up from the airport and drive to your hotel. Once settled in, you will enjoy dinner in Quito and have a briefing about the tour to prepare for the adventure ahead. D

Day 2: Quito - Amazon
On our drive to the jungle, we will stop in a hummingbird hotspot to watch these beautiful, vibrant birds in their natural habitat. We will arrive at the 100% accessible “Huasquila Amazon Lodge” for lunch and a welcome cocktail. Later, we will visit an indigenous community and have the chance to learn about their customs and traditions. B-L-D

Day 3: Amazon
We will start the day with a 1.5 hour drive to the Anzu River. There, we will raft down the calm river, giving us the chance to admire the surrounding flora and fauna; truly one of the best ways to experience the magnificence of the amazon. During the trip, we can stop at several points of interest to take pictures and relax on the river. 
*Note: Even though the river is very calm, for safety reasons, we will raft down the river with a security kayaker at all times. Additionally, each traveler will wear a safety jacket, helmet, and all safety equipment. For the transfer in and out of the boat, we manually assist the guest by using a sliding board and/or manually lifting the guest into the boat.
We will finish our journey around3:00 pm. Dinner and the rest ofthe evening are for relaxing andchatting at the lodge (play games,cards, etc.) while enjoying delicious tropical juice or wine. B-L-D




Day 4: Amazon
Prepare to go off-roading! With the use an off-road wheelchair, we will go hiking through the secondary rainforest and learn about medicinal plants from a native guide. The path into the rainforest is less than a . mile and usually takes approximately 30 minutes, as it includes stops along the way. After lunch, we will visit the “arca” animal rescue center. B-L-D

Day 5: Amazon – Quito 
This morning, we will drive back to Quito, after lunch we will visit the historical center and make a city tour where you will visit different churches and plazas.. At dinner we will give you final information and get prepared for our trip the Galapagos Islands. B-L-D

Day 6: Quito – San Cristobal (Galapagos)
Our day begins at the Quito airport with a short flight to the island of San Cristobal. That afternoon, we will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the Island´s history, conservation, and hazards facing the Island. Spend the afternoon in a beautiful beach, as our first introduction to the fauna in the Galapagos B-L-D

Day 7: San Cristobal
This morning will visit “La Loberia” and have close encounters with sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas, and a myriad of birds. In the afternoon we will visit “Tijeretas” or frigatebird hill, that is a lookout point, with a panoramic view of shipwreck to the south and kicker rock to the west. B-L-D




Day 8: San Cristobal
Today Galapaguera, to see the famous Galapagos Giant Turtles. We will have the chance to admire from close distance. In the afternoon you can enjoy some kayaking with our staff´s help or have a free afternoon. B-L-D

Day 9: San Cristobal – Quito
After breakfast, we will have a last chance to enjoy the beach before we catch our flight. In the afternoon arrive to Quito and drive to our hotel. B-L-D

Day 10: Quito
Once back in Quito, we will visit the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) here you can get a photo straddling the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres. Then visit the Teleférico, from here you will see at least four snowcapped volcanoes. After will visit the iñaquito market and the handicraft market, you will see variety of fruits as well as buy some final souvenirs. We will have our farewell dinner. B-L-D




Day 11: Quito – Fly home 
Transfer to airport and depart Ecuador. B



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Inka Wheelchair - All-Inclusive Accessible 11-day tour

Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime! Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World when you visit the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. 
​The stunning landscapes and endless opportunities for adventure are waiting for you in Peru.

Touring Peru Highlights:

· Experience Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
· Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the spectacular Andes train
· View ancient Inca ruins such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Sacsaywaman, and Tambomachay
· Sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine
· Guided city tours of Lima and Cusco
· Stay in 4-5 star hotels with stunning views and excellent service
· Be surrounded by culture as we discover the Inca roots by touring Peru

About The Tour:

The Inka program is a tour that combines a bit of adventure, culture, nature, and leisure.
It is an all-inclusive tour, meaning that all meals, transportation, accommodation, guide, and activities are included.
Hotels throughout the Highlands and Amazon present a good level of accessibility. Some have grab bars and roll in showers, some have a small step (5 inches) to get into showers, but in general they adapt their facilities to host guests using wheelchairs.
Where required, an accessible van and/or a bus is provided. Individual or assisted manual transfer into seats is required.
Bilingual certified guides for all activities are provided throughout the tour.
Re: assistants or help; we do recommend clients use a manual chair since the entire country is not 100% accessible; therefore, one assistant per client to assist with the wheelchair when needed is provided. This will only be for tours and activities, NOT personal activities or duties.


Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru
Welcome at Lima! You and your group will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the afternoon free to rest and acclimatize.
Before dinner, we will have an introduction and briefing about your Peruvian adventure. (D)

Day 2: Lima
Discover Lima on a guided city tour! Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum and see the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. Our tour continues to the city’s neighborhoods along the Pacific coast. (B-L)

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Take a morning flight to Cusco (not included) and then drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will check into the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing from the day of travel. We will have an introduction to the Sacred Valley attractions later this evening. (B)

Day 4: Sacred Valley 
Visit 3 sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First, the Maras Salt Mines, where you will see hundreds of stunning salt ponds from an accessible viewpoint. Then, a panoramic view of Moray, an Incan agricultural experimental center famous for its elliptical irrigation terraces. And finally, the fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas and where six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun. (B-L)



Day 5: Sacred Valley
Decode the mysteries of Andean Iconography during a visit to the Amaru community. Members of the community will make us lunch before we depart for the colorful Pisac Market (mostly accessible.) We will also enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pisac Ruins. ( B-L)

Day 6: Sacred Valley – Aguas
Calientes – Sacred Valley Prepare to visit Machu Picchu! Take a train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. For centuries, this lost city was buried in the jungle until Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911. A private bus will transfer you to the top of the ruins where a guided tour will illuminate the mysteries of Machu Picchu. (B-L)

Day 7: Sacred Valley
After yesterday’s adventure to, Machu Picchu, today is a day of leisure and relaxation. (B)

Day 8: Sacred Valley - Cusco
We’ll visit the labyrinthine ruins of Qenqo (“zigzag”) & Puca Pucara (Red Fortress). Enjoy a guided visit and picnic lunch nearby Sacsayhuaman (speckled falcon), the fortress above Cusco whose precise zigzags of massive stone remain unmoved after centuries. Meals included: (B-PICNIC L)



Day 9: Cusco
Explore Cusco on a private city tour! The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. We’ll continue the circuit to Qoricancha (court of gold), also known as the “Temple of the Sun,” the religious and political center of Cusco during the Inca era. (B-L)

Day 10: Cusco
Enjoy Cusco at your own pace with a day of leisure. (B)

Day 11: Cusco – Lima
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima (flight not included.) We can provide assistance to connect with your international flight.





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