Che Guevara's Son is offering motorcycle tours of Cuba

Posted: 30-May-15 10:31

Che Guevara is synonymous with Cuba, and now visitors to the island are travelling in his footsteps - or tyre tracks - with motorcycle tours run by Che's son, Ernesto Guevara. Ernesto's firm, La Poderosa, is named after his famous father's motorbike, and takes visitors on tours of the island inspired by his dad's travels.

Che Guevara's Son is offering motorcycle tours of Cuba

The Motorcycle Diaries, the travelogue of Che Guevara's travels through South America for nine months in 1952, is one of the most iconic adventure stories of all time. Guevara, a young medical student at the time, rode his Norton 500cc a total of 8,000 miles from Argentina to Venezuela along with his biochemist companion Alberto Granado.

During this trip, he saw a lot of disease, hunger and poverty for himself which imbued him with the desire to overturn the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the USA. This is what inspired him to become involved with Guatemala's social reforms and later to join Raul and Fidel Castro in overthrowing the U.S. backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. The stylised image of Che Guevara has become a countercultural symbol of rebellion in popular culture and he has been polarised in the collective consciousness.

Now, visitors can travel to Cuba and follow in the footsteps of this famous revolutionary. Ernesto Guevara, the youngest son of Che Guevara, is launching a motorbike tour company in Cuba and takes tourists on motorbike adventures around the country – inspired by the travels of his father. The company is named La Poderosa, after Che's famous bike.

Ernesto Guevara is now 49 and is the son of Che and his second wife, Aleida March. Ernesto works together with his friend Camilo Sanchez and a mechanic named Sergio Morales in order to lead the La Ponderosa tours. Ernesto has always been passionate about motorcycles and has combined this passion with a desire to show off his beautiful country to tourists.

There are two routes to choose from for the La Poderosa Tours, Fuser One and Fuser Two. These routes are named after the nickname that Che Guevara had in his younger years. The tour will take you past some of the images of Che Guevara that are painted on billboards around the island, as well as to some historic locations from Che's past. For example, you will visit the museum dedicated to Che at the Comandancia del Che at the Cabana fortress in Havana's harbour. You will also get a chance to check out the mausoleum in Santa Clara.

The prices for the tours start at around $3,000 and go up to $5,800, which doesn't include the cost of visas, flights, gasoline or life insurance.


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