The consciousness of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, born in 1928 in a middle class family in Argentina , was awakened at an early age. Che Guevara decided that personal sacrifice and violent revolution was the only way to create an equal society. Rejecting his comfortable life, he set off to travel around Latin America.
In Mexico, Che met Fidel Castro. With a small army they overthrew the administration of president Batista in Cuba . Che Guevara got Cuban citizenship and after having worked as a doctor, military commander, president of the National Bank and Minister, he set up his base in Ñancahuazu, 250 km southwest of Santa Cruz , Bolivia.
The curse of Che:
Many persons related to his death in Bolivia ended their lives in a tragic way.
The support Che received from the local people and local communist party was poor, and eventually in 1967, after months of guerrilla , Che Guevara was captured and executed in La Higuera. His body was flown to Vallegrande, where it was displayed and later buried. In 1997 Che's body was reburied in Cuba .
Relive Che's last days and visit the places where Che, in 1967 , travelled around with secrecy and a rifle, together with his guerrilla, up to the little rural school where he was executed.
REFERENCE PROGRAM RUTA DEL CHE
We will re-trace the final steps of the legendary Guerrillero Che Guevara. The well-known communist revolutionary was captured in La Higuera , a small settlement close to Vallegrande.
We will leave Santa Cruz at 07:00 am and drive to Samaipata.
This city was once taken by the guerrilleros following Che Guevara.
Samaipata - Vallegrande. We later head off towards Vallegrande and arrive 2 ½ hours later at this picturesque old town of traditional colonial architecture.
After lunch, we will visit the ¨Che places¨ in Vallegrande: the laundry room at
the hospital, where Che´ s body was laid out for display to the public and
the press, the Che museum, and the memorial erected at Che´s newly
found burial site, which was recently found after years of mystery. We will spend the night in Vallegrande.
After breakfast we continue towards La Higuera. We will stop in Pucará, a picturesque village, typical of the Bolivian valleys. After visiting Pucará we will continue our travel to La Higuera , the site of Che´s execution. We will visit the school where Che was kept captive, and we will take a walk to Quebrada del Churo, place of his last resistance.
Return to Vallegrande where we will spend the night.
Today we will take the return trip back to Samaipata.
On the way back we can stop at the waterfalls of Cuevas for a refreshing swim OR visit el Fuerte near Samaipata.
We will be back from la Ruta del Che in Santa Cruz around 6:00 P.M. and we will take you to your hotel.
The scheduled visits and itineraries are subject to change based on the road conditions.
Please contact us for more information or for making a reservation.