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
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.