Walking with Che Guevara

David Atkinson explores a new trail in rural Bolivia that traces the final footsteps of the most iconic Latin American revolutionary

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

This article was first published in the August 2008 edition of BBC History Magazine

Julia Cortes remembers the day clearly: 8 October 1967. She was a trainee teacher at the tiny schoolhouse in La Higuera, a remote and dusty pueblo lost among Bolivia’s eastern lowlands. When Bolivian troops commandeered the school as a makeshift prison for a wounded combatant, she was charged with bringing the prisoner food. “I remember the man was blessed with great charisma and intelligence,” she says. “I brought him soup and we talked. He was very polite and respectful to me.” Little did she know at that time, but that man was Che Guevara (left) and she was to be one of the last people to see him alive.

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