Several Fridays back, Jake suggested we inquire about bus passes at the “Centro de turismo” located in the bus terminal we passed through on our route home from the hospital. After several minutes of speaking with one of the guides, we had planned a weekend full of fun. A visit to the house where Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna lived as a child and a walk through a beautiful, 400ish-year-old estancia jesuítica in a small town about an hour away from Córdoba? Count me in.
The student group –6 of us– traveled to Alta Gracia in colectivo, a large bus that cost around $3 (USD) roundtrip. The ride was not exceptionally scenic, but it was also only about an hour in duration, so no complaints.
When arriving in Alta Gracia, we first visited the Estancia jesuítica – Casa del Virrey Liniers. The following are some of the pictures I took during our tour.
After the Estancia, we visited “El museo del Che,” also known as “Villanydia.” Ernestito’s family moved into the house in Alta Gracia as a “remedy” for his asma, hoping that life in the midst of fresh air and nature would ease his enfermedad.
The following are some fotos I took throughout our tour in “El museo del Che.” The entrance fee was around $9 (USD), which seemed a little pricey. Regardless, I am happy that I can add this experience to my list of adventures in Argentina!
The view of the front of the house.
La poderosa. This is a lot more exciting if you a) know a thing or two about Che or b) have seen the film The Motorcycle Diaries/Los diarios de motocicleta.
The other motobicicleta from Che’s travels.
After our tour of the museum, we walked around Alta Gracia a bit and tried to find a bus stop. It was near the end of the day, so the sun was looking real pretty and we could even see the sierras in the distance. Here’s a picture I took at the end of our day.