We are very excited about our upcoming trip to Medellin, Feb. 21st through March 3rd. This trip is to see if Medellin is accessible enough for me to leave as close to a normal paisa life as possible!
While I do have some trepidation about leaving the laws of ADA behind me, somehow I feel and even seen hints of accommodation for those with physical. ‘Some’ of the light rail stations accommodate for sure.
I have no idea about the public buses but I suspect that since all N. America buses are built to be accessible that new buses coming online in Medellin would have this feature. My hope here is that it cost more to get one without accessibility from the manufacture.
I use a three wheel electric scooter that I travel with at all times. I can transfer but that is about it. Today, when I fly, I ride my scooter to the door of the plane, transfer to an isle chair, and am whisked to a cramp coach seat like anyone else. The airline then puts my scooter in the baggage department.
We are flying AA so this isn’t an issue, I don’t have much of an idea about Colombian airport/flights, if there is a jet way, I am good to go. However if there is no jet way, and unlike here they do not have portable lifts/elevator to take isle chair up, that would be of significant interest now or later on down the road when I can investigate myself.
What I would like to do here is pass on my general upbeat feeling towards my visit to Medellin as a disabled person. I know there will be many challenges as it pertains to accessibility during our stay but I hope to document it so that I can share with other disabled travelers. There will be lots of photos of curb cut outs, lifts and any other accommodations for the disabled that I can detail.
My hope is to be the Anthony Bourdaine from the ‘disabled’ persons view.
So if you have information prior to our trip please write. I will be posting near daily updates of my exploits including photos of Medellin’s accommodations and yes, even lack of.
Fred and Luz