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The motorcycle diaries

In 1952, a 23 year old Ernesto Che Guevara set off on a 5,000 mile motorcycle road trip around South America. The journey would change his life, inspiring him to become the most celebrated revolutionary in history. We've selected a few of his top stops.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Buenos Aires is the seductive señorita of east Argentina. This ancient port city is South America’s answer to London, New York and Paris.

  2. Los Ángeles, Chile
    Much smaller than North America’s LA, Chilean Los Ángeles is the gateway to the Patagonian south. It is a relatively small rural town, close to nearby horseback and trekking routes in the Laguna de Laja National Park.
  3. Santiago, Chile
    Lodged in amongst the snowy peaks of the Andean mountains, Chile’s capital city is incredibly panoramic. The Cerro San Cristóbal urban park is a great spot for views of the city, either by cable car or funicular train.
  4. Tarata, Bolivia
    Tarata is a small town located on the outskirts of Cochabamba; Bolivia’s ‘City of Spring’; so-called because of its pleasant weather throughout the year.
  5. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru
    Straddling the border of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is one of the highest lakes on the planet (over 3,800m).
  6. Cuzco, Peru
    Cuzco is an archaeological gold mine. This city and the surrounding fringes are scattered with souvenirs from the long-gone Inca Empire. The most famous landmark in Peru, and indeed South America, is the mountain-top city of Machu Picchu.
  7. Bogota, Colombia
    With its long colonial history, Bogota is a city with an old-worldy Latino feel.
  8. Caracas, Venezuela
    Venezuela’s mesmerising diversity is captured in its capital, the busy city of Caracas. Not for the faint-hearted, this frantic town is sprawling, unapologetic and in your face.