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La Higuera

Forty-five kilometers (28 mi) south of Vallegrande is the town of La Higuera where Che Guevara spent his last violent days before his execution on October 9, 1967. Ever since the Che Guevara Trail opened up for tourists on the anniversary of his death in 2004, this sleepy town of less than 100 inhabitants has (more or less) been open for business. The Che Trail begins in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and ends in La Higuera, where Che´s final days were spent captive in the local school house. Next to the school house is the Museo Historico del Che, where memorabilia such as newspaper clippings, photos and his machete are on display. The tiny village of La Higuera also has two monuments dedicated to Che, both are busts of his head; one is made in bronze, the other out of plaster. It is also possible for Che-devotees to find a local guide to take them a few kilometers away to the Quebrada del Churo where Che was finally captured. Getting to La Higuera from Vallegrande takes a few dusty hours in either a taxi or a local truck which leaves most days early in the morning from Calle Senor de Malta.


Other places nearby La Higuera: Amboro National Park, San Miguel de Velasco, The Bolivian Pantanal, Concepción, Camiri, Santa Cruz, Roboré, Santiago de Chiquitos and Chochís, Parque Nacional Kaa-lya del Gran Chaco, San Javier and Santa Ana de Velasco .

08 Mar 2010

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