Che's house in Cordoba

Che's house in Cordoba

Amidst the lush valleys and swollen hills south of Cordoba, quiet Alta Gracia seems an unlikely place for Cold War icons to frequent. But, as well as boasting the evocative remains of 17th century Jesuit missions, this is a place that is famous for welcoming both Che Guevara and John F Kennedy. The US President paid a visit to the Sierras Hotel, while the revolutionary was raised here before leaving for Buenos Aires. As the atmospheric museum in his boyhood home demonstrates, the young Ernesto was a different creature to ‘Che’ the icon, but it’s interesting to note the roots of his philosophy in his youthful writings. The most famous exhibit is the motorbike, of diaries fame, and if you’re in any doubt of the continuing power of the Che story (some say myth), look out for the photo of Castro and Chavez on their recent pilgrimage to the museum.

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