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Although Costa Rica does have a law mandating Equality of Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and some facilities have been adapted, in general, there are relatively few buildings or public buses for travelers with disabilities in the country. In San José, sidewalks are particularly crowded and uneven, and they are nonexistent in most of the rest of the country. Few hotels offer wheelchair-accessible accommodations, though this is gradually changing.

Many travel agencies offer customized tours and itineraries for travelers with disabilities. Among them are Eco Adventure International (www.eaiadventure.com; tel. 888/710-9453 in the U.S. and Canada); Flying Wheels Travel (www.flyingwheelstravel.com; tel. 612/381-1622); and Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com; tel. 800/846-4537 or 610/521-0339).

Access-Able Travel Source (https://www.access-able.com; tel. 303/232-2979) has a comprehensive database of travel agents around the world with experience in accessible travel; destination-specific access information; and links to such resources as service animals, equipment rentals, and access guides.

Another great organization that offers a vast range of resources and assistance to travelers with disabilities is SATH (Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality; www.sath.org; tel. 212/447-7284).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.