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Disabled Travelers in Nicaragua

Travel in Nicaragua will prove challenging for many travelers with disabilities. Nicaragua has many disabled citizens, due largely to the wars of the 1970s and 1980s and the continued presence of landmines, but very little is done to accommodate them in this resource-poor country. The government has been criticized recently for failing to protect the equal rights of citizens with mobility issues and other disabilities, like blindness and deafness. Disabled travelers will encounter difficulties in Nicaragua, as well. Public transportation is one obvious problem, as are the uneven sidewalks found in many cities. Relatively few hotels have low beds or roll-in showers, and elevators are usually found only in the more expensive hotels in major cities. That said, with patience and perseverance, many disabled travelers have been able to get around the country.


One possible solution is to take an organized tour, and Accessible Nicaragua ( runs tours specifically designed for travelers with disabilities. It could still be rough going- there is only so much a tour operator can do to shelter clients from the difficulties of travel here- but Accessible Nicaragua does have experience in helping visitors with a range of disabilities to enjoy the country. Craig Grimes, who runs Accessible Nicaragua, also writes a column about living and traveling with disabilities in Nicaragua for the Nica News (

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
05 May 2009

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