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SANCHEZ RUIZ, Jefferson  and  PALADINES SARANGO, Tatiana. Profile of the tourist with special abilities: Case study Yacuri National Park of the province of Loja-Ecuador. Reflexiones [online]. 2021, vol.100, n.2, pp.84-98. ISSN 1659-2859.

Introduction Research has shown that the profile of tourists with special abilities seeks tourist destinations with accessible and inclusive services and infrastructure; however, many areas such as the one under study do not meet all these requirements.

Objective Knowing the needs and desires of a person with special abilities, to help strengthen and adequately plan tourist destinations

Method The nature of the research is qualitative and quantitative, which allowed us to quantify and analyze the results obtained through a survey.

Result The results of the research were that people with special needs would be willing to develop tourism in natural areas such as Yacuri National Park, as long as they have both the ideal conditions of accessibility and the necessary requirements to develop tourism: accessible bathrooms, lodging services, food services, transportation, and recreational and leisure activities.

Conclusion Research on the profile of tourists with special abilities is strategic for public policy to build actions and consider projects for the implementation of services and infrastructure in natural areas, thus reducing inequality gaps.

Keywords : Accessible tourism; Tourist accessibility; Tourism for all; Perceptions; Yacuri.

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