Village :: La Higuera (Bolivia)
This small indigenous village at 1950m of altitude is the last place on Earth seen by El Comandante, and is a major tourist pilgrimage site on Ruta de Che.
Despite the fact that El Comandante Che (Argentinian Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara) is buried in a nearby town of Vallegrande, it was the village of La Higuera where he was imprisoned and executed in October 1967. This spelled the end to any plans for continental revolution in South America, but since then, the place has converted into a kind of pilgrimage site.
Tourists from all over the world come here while cruising the Ruta del Che (Trail of Che, inaugurated in 2004), being attracted by Che Guevara's personality. Everything still breathes a revolt spirit here. The telegraph office where the guerrilla fighters made their last attempt to establish contact with the outside world is converted into a hostel. School house, where CIA-assisted Bolivian Army held El Comandante before the execution, is now a memorial. Images of the revolutionary hang in the villlagers' huts, and many people even pray to "Santo Ernesto" (Saint Ernesto) who is said to bring about miracles.
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