After a couple of days in the not so exciting Santa Cruz we decided to catch a micro to Samaipata, what a superb choice this turned out to be, Great hostal and a charming little village.
We soon decided to tag along on a two day 1 night trip to follow the last days and movements of Ernesto Che Guevara, what a great trip this turned out to be, great scenery and great company on our small 4x4 trip, Jim and Jesse from America were our travel buddies.
The first day took us to Villegrande where Che was eventually laid out on display on a laundry slab after his execution. Very strange.
A small museum and the usual photographs of the great man were also on display.
A long and rather steep drive into the hills took us to the small village of Higuera where che was wounded and captured before being executed in a local school.
The valley where Che was captured was a tactical disaster, being overlooked and essentailly cornered, he and his comrades had no chance in escaping the 450 strong US Backed Bolivian army.
The valley of Che´s last stand and the point where he was actually captured.
Our digs in Higuera were a bit on the basic side, large Spiders and no electricity adding to the effect.
The next morning we walked down to the site of Che´s capture, a steep and slippery 3 hours trek.
The small village of Higuera has become a bit of a tourist attraction, but as the roads and the location are difficult to get to it still only attracts a few visitors a day, fewer still walk the path to the capture site.
The scenery around this remote area is quite stunning.
The journey back to Samaipata also turned out to be quite an adventure as overnight rain had swollen the two rivers that we needed to cross, it was really touch and go if the 4x4 could make one of the crossings..
One the way back we stopped at a small hillside inca burial cave and some cave paintings
We eventually arrived back in Samaipata at 21:15 the following day..
Samaipata is inthe Amboro Jungle area and has some amazing sites to see.
The Volcan Region was one which we decided to try. A series of Treks and a few waterfalls in this very tranquil area was our reward.
Just 9km outside of Samaipata is the huge Inca burrial and rock carved temple of El Fuerte.
We stayed in Samaipata for 8 days and could easily have stayed longer.
More Samaipata images.
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