After I received that email I decided to go out and do an impromptu photo shoot of how wheelchair friendly Cotacachi really is. The short version is: it's not. Here's the longer version:
...and finally, there's even a ramp up to the second entrance.
Now, after saying all of this, I have to add the caveat that people in the little stores will help you by getting whatever you need and bringing it to you. You will undoubtedly find many helpful people who would be more than willing to offer their assistance to help you get up and down steps. I had my big cart filled with groceries not long ago and when I got to a corner with no little ramp, even though it wouldn't have been hard for me to lower it down myself, a woman almost ran up and too hold of the front of it and helped me ease it down.
I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of it but I also so a very elderly woman trying to get out of one of the bicycle cabs and a woman quickly walked over to help her out. It's indeed a friendly place, just not wheelchair friendly.
Oh, I had intended to try to get a photo of the steps up the bus but suffice it to say that the public transportation is less than friendly, even to someone like me who has a little trouble getting around sometimes and a still not-quite-mended broken wrist.
So there you go--my report on wheelchair accessibility in Cotacachi. As I wander the rest of the town, I'll keep any eye open and my camera ready for more updates on the situation.
If anyone else would like a report on some special aspect of the city, please feel free to let me know. I have no idea whether or not I could take care of it for you but I'm always looking for ideas for new blog posts. I mean, after all, sooner or later I'm bound to run out of stuff that just happens around here.