Heritage tourism as commemoration of the birth of the bolivarian republics: the case of Socorro, Colombia

Luis R. Pérez-Pinzón, Claudia P. Serrano-Ruíz


The city of Socorro is "the cradle of liberty in America" by fathering the "revolt of the commoners" of 1781 and is touted as "the historical and cultural capital of Colombia" for his role in the socio-political and military conflict of 1810, 1816, 1819, 1857, 1899, etc. that transformed the structures of Colombia. These socio-cultural traditions are embodied in colonial and republican buildings that make the "17° Heritage Town" (2014), in the patriotic monuments erected in public spaces, at remembered with festivals symbolic dates of the city, and with it, by offering an experience in cultural tourism that caters to the demand for alternative tourism in contrast to the offer in adventure tourism San Gil offers 20 kilometers. The paper presents the contributions and bets that for students and teachers of the undergraduate program in tourism at the Universidad Industrial de Santander have to create and consolidate a cultural tourist route for the attention of foreign visitors during the Bolivarian bicentennial celebrations (2019-2024) from the actions of the Seedbed of Investigation in Alternative and Sustainable Tourism (Setas) as are: inventory of the cultural heritage that sustains the cultural tourist offer and the safeguarding of the heritage; information for local tour guides and trainers of educational institutions; publications of texts on collective memory and works of degree degree directed to cultural tourism, as well as the results of the presentation of international papers, the realization of the National Colloquium on Cultural Heritage and Alternative Tourism (Pacta) and the National Meeting of Seeds in Tourism and Heritage (Tupac).


Tourism, heritage, heritage tourism, national history, El Socorro (Colombia)

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