A canopy tour adapted for wheelchair users, a rain forest suitable for people with disabilities or surfing and catching waves without reduced mobility being an impediment. Costa Rica has it and Lonely Planet recognizes it by awarding the country the award as the best accessible destination 2021.
The prestigious publisher of travel guides around the world founded in 1972, included the distinction in its recommendations “The best in travel 2021” (Best In Travel 2021). The list was revealed as a reflection of an update to Lonely Planet’s editorial practices to highlight more local voices and “recognizing the places and people that demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability, community and diversity,” in the words of Luis Cabrera , its President & CEO.
“With little or no hassle, travelers with disabilities can enjoy much of what the country has to offer. Accessible paved roads cut through many of the local rainforests. Both the Carara National Park and the Poás Volcano National Park have universal trails, giving wheelchair users the opportunity to see sloths, toucans, and poison dart frogs up close, ”Lonely Planet argued about Costa Rica.
“Accessible excitement is also at stake here. Various companies offer adaptable zippers, such as in La Fortuna, where special harnesses safely transport wheelchair users above the canopy of tropical trees and above the area’s waterfall. Adaptive surfing is also available in cities like Puntarenas, where beach wheelchairs and attendants can help everyone catch a wave, ”notes the respected editorial.
Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism, said that Costa Rica should feel honored to receive this recognition from one of the most renowned tourism and travel publishers on the planet.
“Sustainability is a transversal axis of our tourism model and a sustainable destination must be accessible; I applaud that the Costa Rican tourist value chain – call it transportation, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, excursions – have options so that all people, regardless of their condition, can enjoy our country, ”Segura said.