The Motorcycle Diaries

With happy shouts of farewell and the roar of a motorcycle engine, one of the best known road trips of the 20th century began.  Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Alberto Granado left Argentina on July 7, 1953.  They traveled over 5,000 miles in four months, through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.  The journey saddened and illuminated the young Ernesto; in viewing the poverty and economic injustice throughout Latin America, he discovered his life’s calling to revolution and social equality. Their travels were remembered in “The Motorcycle Diaries”, a film starring Gael García Bernal produced by Robert Redford. (Image of movie poster)