Chronicling the personal experiences of wheelchair travel...the adventures and misadventures
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Disney Wonder Panama Canal Eastbound Cruise: Day 4 - Puerto Vallarta
Date of Visit: November 11, 2019
As Mik could get off in Puerto Vallarta, Dad and I chose not to do a port adventure and get off to explore as a family. The main area is three miles from the port, though, and we didn’t feel like dealing with a taxi or walk with the hot humid weather and rather short port call. However, there was a Starbucks in the mall next to Walmart right across the street from the port.
Walking from the port to the mall was overall easy. It is longer than it seems, though, as you have to walk in the port the opposite direction of the mall to the exit and then outside the port back past the ship to the mall. Not really that much of a walk for us, but the weather was hot and humid. There were cutouts the whole way and the only awkward part was the crosswalk not having a walk signal to cross back over to the port side.
The mall has a ramp up to it on the far left. Inside the Starbucks is right there on the second floor. As soon as we entered, someone pointed out the elevator for us, but it is also very easy to notice behind the escalator.
We enjoyed getting some different holiday drinks including Cranberry Mocha Blanco Frappuccino and Christmas Punch.
In the end, we all felt we could have enjoyed the port just as much by never leaving the ship, but at least we did get unique Starbucks drinks. Also, it was worthwhile getting photos of Mik and Dad with their Day of the Dead shirts in Mexico.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Disney Wonder Baja Cruise: Day 3 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Date of Visit: October 16, 2018
Since Cabo San Lucas is a tender port, Mik couldn’t get off the ship. Mom and I did get off and walked along the waterfront, stopped at Starbucks for a mug for her collection, and quickly popped into Cabo Wabo Cantina to get drumsticks for Mik’s collection (sadly Hard Rock Cafe is no longer walkable here as they have a hotel, which is rather far to walk to from cruise terminal).
While Mik couldn’t get off the ship in Cabo, he did still get to enjoy some good scenery just from the ship. We enjoyed some drinks on our verandah as well as lunch up by the pool taking in the view.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
San Gervasio Mayan Ruins
Date of Visit: September 29, 2014
Mik has long been interested in the Mayans. Thus, while we knew the ruins were not likely to be very accessible, we decided it was worth trying to see as much of it as we could with him. There are two entrance points with the first being basically just a shopping area for $5 per person and then the next being the ruins for $4 per person. They only take cash and thankfully Mik got in free because we ended up only having just enough cash for three people.
The first area has ramps to the left of the buildings to access the area and then get back to the ruins area. The ramps aren’t that great and are rather steep; but very accessible compared to what you end up going through in the ruins area.
In the ruins area the ground is definitely uneven, but there is a decent amount of the sidewalk style path that is not too bad. The pathway does have steps at points, but only one at a time. However, there were a few places that were definitely rough with big rocks to maneuver through. One of the roughest adventures we have done in a long time, but totally worth it.
Mik had a great time exploring what we could. Not sure how much we really missed, but we definitely saw enough in the hour we were there and left more because it was hot and humid and Mik was tired of getting bit up by mosquitos rather than because we had explored everywhere we could get Mik to.
Disney Fantasy Caribbean Cruise: Day 3 – Cozumel Private Vehicle w/ Lift Port Adventure
Date of Visit: September 29, 2014
I kept going back and forth on doing any port adventure in Cozumel, but two weeks before the trip I went to look at the options and since I could book the private vehicle w/ lift option online I finally just went ahead and did it. I am glad we did because while we only used it for two hours, we had a great family adventure at the Mayan ruins.
The private vehicle w/ lift was really just an accessible taxi. The driver was a great guide, though, so they clearly are experienced taking people around as guides.
The lift was in the back and there were two bench rows of seats in front. He did have to duck his head when going in, though, which was sort of inconvenient. Good thing we didn’t bring the power chair, as that would have never worked in the vehicle or at the Mayan ruins.
There were no tie downs, but it must not have been too bad because Mik did not freak out that much and he is known to freak out on the Walt Disney World buses and Super Shuttles where they do use great tie down techniques. There also weren’t any working seat belts, so it’s not like the other passengers were any safer.
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