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    An inspiring account of travel to South America

    This is a really good read - an account by a traveller and his para companion who go to S.America. Her attitude is terrific and inspirational - makes me want to plan another trip.

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_3741796

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    Thanks. I am sharing this with some of my friends and family members who travel with wheelchairs. We also had a good experience in South America on a cruise around Cape Horn in 2001...we found people in all the countries we visited universally helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help with often less than fully accessible sights, and had a great time.

    I have been to Iguassu Falls myself, and would endorse it as one of the highlights of my travel career. I know there are accessible rooms in several of the hotels there on both the Argentina and Brazil side, and the train on the Argentina side of the park is accessible too.

    (KLD)

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    Wheelchair travel tips

    Barb, thanks for the link!, I have pulled the last portion (so we don't break © ), and quoted it below.

    Cheers!

    Wheelchair travel tips gleaned from a veteran world-wheeler:

    -Plan ahead. Finding accessible hotel rooms often takes research and requires explicit confirmation that they will have the proper facilities, such as roll-in showers.

    -Find a reliable travel agent. Do-it-yourself wheelchair reservations can be difficult. On-line hotel reservations rarely guarantee that an accessible room will be available.

    -Alert airlines in advance of special needs. Call ahead and show up early at the gate so agents will be prepared to help with boarding.

    -Prepare for a pat-down at security. That's a disadvantage for wheelchair users who cannot walk through metal detectors. The advantage: They are often waved to the front of the line.

    -Tip generously. You never know what future wheelchair traveler you will benefit.

    -On the Internet. For more hints on accessible travel, check out Global Access at http://www.geocities.com/paris/1502/ or Accessible Adventure Travel at http://www.able-travel.com.

    Rules of the road: For a travel companion, a few simple rules of wheelchair etiquette will make the road — and sidewalks — roll smoother:

    -Don't push unless asked. After all, you both want the exercise. Wait until your fellow traveler is pooped enough to ask or facing a steep incline.

    -When giving a helping push, always remember (as this pusher sometimes did not) that it would be rude to groan, even in jest.

    -Don't give a big shove and let go without informing your friend that she's back in charge of the steering, especially on a downhill slope. (All right, so I made that mistake once or twice, too.)

    -When the going gets tough, don't be shy about asking for a little help. People are quick to respond and often volunteer without being asked.

    SOURCE: http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_3741796
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