Iguazu Falls for people with disabilities
Famous for permit the immersion of the visitor along with nature, the Iguazu Falls National Park or Parque Nacional Iguazu, receives all visitors with long paths that cross the jungle and many stretches over the waters of the Iguazu River. The condition could take tourists away with some difficulty in moving, but in Iguazu Falls, the adopted slogan was "Nature without barriers", allowing people with any type of disability to enjoy that natural wonder of nature, almost entirely. This was one of the objectives assumed by the concessionaire that manages the National Park, which initially overcame the architectural barriers, installing fully accessible paths. Today, with more than 90% of its trails being able to receive people with disabilities, the national park still offers wheelchairs for visitors at the Cataratas Station and at the Garganta del Diablo Station. They can be used at no additional cost and are available by order of arrival. These chairs have been specially designed to give maximum comfort to the visitor, with a special suspension system and wheels adapted for the park.
All pavements in the Waterfalls Area were built to make safe the movement of wheelchairs and the walking of people with visual disabilities.
• All the buildings that make up the concession area have access by means of ramps, as well as on walkways or places where the slope requires it. The buildings have the same floor, with the same texture, both in rooms and in toilets: lead-polished granite in the interiors, the exteriors are made of concrete and the grating walkways are metallic.
• There are toilets in all sectors of the park, at the access, at the train stations, at La Selva Restaurant, and in the food court. The width of its doors allows the entry of wheelchair users.
• The surface of the bathrooms allows the entry and rotation of wheelchairs, and they have supported on both sides of it. The sinks allow a person in a wheelchair to wash their hands comfortably. It has urinals at a lower height for people of small stature.
The circuits in Iguazu Falls: Accessible for people with disabilities
• Railings with double wooden handrails for the safety of children and people with disabilities who move through the use of wheelchairs have been placed on all of the park's walkways. A protective profile has been placed at the bottom of the walkways, and on both sides, a metal profile for protection of wheelchairs and baby strollers. The artistic wire is a closure for the protection of children. • All catwalks are 120 centimeters wide when they are one-way and 180 centimeters when they are round trip. There are no slopes of more than 6%.
• The entrance to the gateway to the Garganta del Diablo is accessible, as is 100% of its extension.
• The entrance to the Upper Circuit is accessible, and so is 100% of its route.
• Access to the Lower Circuit is practicable for wheelchair users, it can be done through ramps or stairs. If it is done with wheelchairs you can choose to go in an electric vehicle (golf type) to the Dos Hermanas square, from there you continue in the wheelchair through ramps, you access 90% of said circuit.
• The Green Path is accessible, has no obstacle, has gentle slopes. You can enjoy optimal conditions for circulation, in terms of the roadway and the absence of lateral obstacles. In the middle, there is a short bridge, installed with the same material as the walkways. At the end of the route, the visitor finds a small barrier that anticipates the crossing of the Ecological Train tracks of the Forest. Meters later, it is accessed by a cement sidewalk, to the platform of the Cataratas Station.
Iguazu Falls: Transportation for people with disabilities
The Ecological Train of the Forest propelled to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has an exclusive design for the Iguazú National Park. In each car there are places for wheelchairs, in which the seats are recessed. Its floor is made of aluminum with a melon seed texture so that it is non-slip.
• For people with disabilities and other people who cannot move by their own means, there are small motorized vehicles that can take them through the different sectors of the park. One is at the entrance of the park, to avoid walking the 400 meters to the Central Train Station, and the other at the Cataratas Station, to approach the entrance of the Upper and Lower Circuits.
• There are wheelchairs, specially adapted to the catwalks, at the Cataratas and Garganta del Diablo Stations, and in places of a large number of visitors. Both these, and small motorized vehicles, are free to use. People with visual and hearing problems will also find that the Park facilitates their visit through various facilities. For example, the Interpretation Center has information panels that use braille writing or even one of the restaurants in the area has menus in this type of language. In addition, a telephone system is available for people with hearing loss throughout Iguazu. People with disabilities enter the Iguazú National Park free of charge.
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