Social imaginaries of tourists in the ruins of Armero – Tolima

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Laura del Pilar Dominiccini Reyes
Jorge Alexander Mora
Luis Mauricio Bohorquez Patiño


Armero is a small town located in the department of Tolima, Colombia, affected because of the tragedy and disaster that occurred on November 13, 1985. Therefore, the development of this research focuses on inquiring
why the tourist chooses to visit the municipality and his thoughts about dark tourism. The objective is to scrutinize the social imaginaries and the perception of the tourist, in a place mourned by events that triggered more than twenty-five thousand deaths. To achieve this, surveys were applied to 49 people who have visited the ruins of Armero, showing the interest of the participants in the places where dark tourism is practiced. As well as the feelings that the place produces, generating empathy with the locals. Finally, it was deduced that Dark Tourism in Armero could serve as a gateway to engage in practices infused with sustainability and ethics, thereby promoting the memorialization of the territory.


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