Skip to comments.Che Guevara spawns tourism industry with 'Che Trail'
Posted on 05/27/2010 7:02:25 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Che Guevara spawns tourism industry with 'Che Trail'
In life, Ernesto "Che" Guevara fought to overthrow a corrupt, capitalist elite. In death, he is spawning his own tourism industry soon to include a three-country "Che Trail."
Tourism officials in Argentina, Cuba and Bolivia are collaborating on a historic route that will allow Guevara buffs to retrace the footsteps of the Argentine medical student turned revolutionary in Cuba who was killed in a failed mission to foment an uprising in Bolivia.
Bolivia's vice minister of tourism, Marco Antonio Peredo, said that the international "Caminos del Che" trail will include sites where Guevara was born, fought and died.
Officials say they are being sensitive to Guevara's legacy, long ago co-opted by T-shirt vendors the world over.
"We aren't looking to commodify him he's not a product that's for sale," said Diego Conca, who coordinates Argentina's portion of the Che trail, inaugurated last year. "His journey transformed him, and we think that following this route can also be transformative for tourists."
Attractions in Argentina already include Guevara's birthplace of Rosario, his family's mate tea plantation in Misiones and other places where Guevara rode by motorcycle on his path to becoming a leftist revolutionary.
Guevara went to Cuba in 1956 to fight alongside the Castro brothers, and later led a small band of guerrillas in Bolivia, where he was captured and killed in 1967
Bolivia's tourist route follows Guevara's path through the jungle to Higuera, the town where he was killed, and Valle Grande, where he was buried with six other fighters until 1997, when the bodies were exhumed and taken to Cuba.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
A Che trail huh? So are you shot at and tortured while you walk down its winding leftward path?
What's next? The Charlie Manson tour of Los Angeles?
Sounds like a good aerial munitions test grounds.
"To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary...These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the The Wall! (El Paredón)" --Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Thanks for the comment. This was what I was remembering also.
This man, Che, was a sadist, and the most horrible kind of murderer, and I always wonder what kind of moron would put his face on a T-shirt and on their chest.
Don’t you think that this loony idea of a trail for everyone to follow is a great idea? Think of how many little liberals will die in the dust and jungles trying to follow in his footsteps? Isn’t this the greatest possible memorial to this horrible excuse for a human being?
I was in Colorado last weekend (Denver) and at a gas station saw a car with a Che bumper sticker on it. I had to see what got out - and was not disappointed. Some old broad with long, stringy grey hair, grimy t-shirt, shorts with eight dozen pockets and ...Birkenstocks. I’m sure they would have been best of friends.
Do people that go on this tour get put 6’ under at the end of the “journey?”
Auschwitz Hotel and Casino, Saddam’s Palace Putt Putt, and don’t forget Stalin World!
Many lefties and Muslims would attend the grand openings. I leave up to you to decide who those would be. I have my own opinion and I bet I am not wrong.
You have to wonder what the attracton was with hippies and Che. They claimed to belive in peace but worshiped a murdering bastard. It must have been the drugs. And let's not forget One of Obama's campaign centers had a poster of Che in it. Birds of a feather flock together.
He didn't want the competition so a martyr suited his purpose better.
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