Santa Clara Journals

Hasta siempre Commandante

A September 2000 trip to Santa Clara by Joel

Parque Leoncio Vidal Photo, Santa Clara, Cuba More Photos
Quote: Santa Clara is the place to be for Che worshippers as the scene of his most famous victory during the revolutionary conflict.

Hasta siempre Commandante

Overview

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1) The Ernesto 'Che' Guevara monument near the Plaza de Revolución
2) Parque Leoncio Vidal
3) Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

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Hotel Horizontes Los Caneyes

Hotel | "Los Caneyes"

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A neatly laid out complex on the edge of town (2km from Plaza de la Revolución) featuring Cuban Amerindian-style accommodation huts with good facilities (bar, restaurant, swimming pool, pool table).

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Hotel Horizontes Los Caneyes
Avenida de los Eucaliptos y Circunvalación
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Memorial Che & Plaza de la Revolucion

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Attraction | "Monumento El Che"

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This morning, the sun bursted while we were having breakfast and we decided to walk to the centre of vibrant SANTA CLARA. Santa Clara is the place to be for Che worshippers as the scene of his most famous victory during the revolutionary conflict. It took about fifteen minutes to walk from our hotel, Los Caneyes, to the Plaza de Revolución and then we stood before the famous monument of Cuba's adopted son and hero, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. In 1967, a Bolivian soldier - certain people maintain it was an United States Army Special Forces seargeant - stepped into an unused schoolroom in a dusty hamlet in the Andean foothills of southeastern Bolivia and shot Che Guevara. Thus, he gave the coup de grace to F...Read More

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Memorial Che & Plaza de la Revolucion
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Santa Clara

Parque Leoncio Vidal

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Parque Leoncio Vidal Photo, Santa Clara, Cuba
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As we walked on to Parque Leoncio Vidal it becomes clear that Santa Clara is an energetic city. A large number of bicy-taxis and horse-drawn carriages as well as motor-drawn carriages operate on the Rafael Tristá. During the break of the secondary school, which is located next to the pedestrianized town square, Parque Vidal hums with chatter of children. The enjoyable atmosphere is due to the fact that it's permanently full with people and kids racing around the promenade, whilst their elders stick to the benches underneath the towering palms. I visited the opulently furnished Museo de Artes Decoratives in the corner of the square, one of the older buildings around. In La Marquesina (Parque Vidal esq....Read More

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Parque Leoncio Vidal
Parque Leoncio Vidal
Santa Clara

The world famous picture of Che Guevara

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On the 5th of March 1960, a Belgian arms transport exploded in Habana harbour, killing 136 members of the crew. As a staff-photographer at the Cuban newspaper 'Revolution,' Korda was assigned to cover the following memorial ceremony held in Havana. Among the prominent guests were Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Fidel Castro held one of his endless speeches and Korda was shooting away, when Che Guevara suddenly appeared on the stage. Korda managed to make two shots of him, before Che turned around and disappeared.Back in his darkroom Korda enlarged, among others, one of the Che frames. The editor at 'Revolution' picked a Castro-picture for the newspaper and returned the...Read More