Riding A Wheelchair Accessible Cable Car In Banos, Ecuador

5.20.2018
Curated by
Whitney Bailey
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Curb Free with Cory Lee
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Cory Lee travels, born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, travels all over the world documenting his adventures on his blog Curb Free With Cory Lee. Cory shares an experience he had in Banos, Ecuador where he had the opportunity to ride in a wheelchair accessible cable car.

 

“My tour guide mentioned that we would try riding a cable car, but I didn’t know exactly how accessible it was or if I would even be able to do it.”

Alfonso Elicier Morales (the former Vice Mayor of Banos) is a wheelchair user. Cory states, “There’s no better way to improve accessibility within a city than to put someone that is disabled in charge. He has gone above and beyond to ensure that all visitors to his city have a spectacular time, and I was appreciative for all that he has done.”

Arriving at the cable car, Cory scoped it out and decided it would not be safe to attempt to go on it in his power wheelchair because of the gap between the loading platform and the cable car. Luckily, Alfonso brought a spare manual chair. So, Cory was transferred into the manual chair and the cable car escapade began! Even though it was a rainy day, the rain did not stop Cory from exploring. “Everyone was helpful and determined to get me in the cable car, and I was excited for the journey that was about to begin,” he says.

Cory proclaims the ride was completely worth it as it was smooth and he got to see some awe-inspiring views. For instance, while crossing the valley he got to see waterfalls and panoramas of mountains.

“Baños, Ecuador is a city that is famous for adventure and spectacular landscapes, and there is no better way to experience both than on a cable car ride. Even if it’s pouring down rain, you are sure to love every moment just as I did,” says Cory.

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