We hired a car and headed into the hills. After successfully navigating our way out of Córdoba (which is full of one way streets and bus lanes), our first stop was Alta Gracia, where Che Guevara spent his adolescence.
|Beautiful walkway inside the Jesuit Estancia|
After touring the estancia, we got ourselves a map from the helpful tourist information office opposite and walked out to the Lourdes church, which had been pointed out to us by tourist information.
|Pretty Lourdes Church|
The tour around this relatively simple house follows the timeline of Che's life. With family photos and artifacts the displays track his very active (despite the asthma) childhood in Alta Gracia, to his teenage years in Córdoba.
|Replica of the motorbike that Che travelled on with Alberto Granado|
|Map showing Che's travels through Latin America|
Information and artifacts about his meeting with Fidel Castro in Mexico, his role in the Cuban revolution and the post-revolution Government are also displayed, including letters between Che and Castro and photos of the two together making speeches and on political visits around the world. One room is dedicated to the visit to the museum in 2006 by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro
The last room documents his resignation from the Cuban Government, his failed attempts in Congo to aid the liberation movement there, and his entry into Bolivia to support Bolivian revolutionaries. He was assassinated in Bolivia in 1967.
The museum was very well laid out and thought through and provided a fascinating insight into the life of one of Argentina's most well known sons.
Click here to read part 2 of our visit to Las Sierras de Córdoba.
See also: A quick guide to the quirky towns of Las Sierras de Córdoba.