Old Trade Road from Samaipata to Sucre or v.v.
On the 1st day we will focus our attention on the legendary Che Guevara. In Vallegrande we will visit the Sr. de Malta Hospital. Here you can see the laundry basin where Che Guevara's corpse was shown to the world press and his last letter to his children painted on a wall.
Next visit will be to the place where Tania Bunke, the only female guerrilla fighter that was killed during the combats, was buried.
You will also go to the well documented Che Guevara museum and the mausoleum where Che was buried for over 30 years. You'll have lunch in Vallegrande as well.
In the afternoon you'll drive via picturesque Pucará to the community of La Higuera. This is a beautiful part of the day where condors can be seen regularly. In Pucará you´ll make a stop to stroll through the small streets and maybe you would like to have a chat with the friendly inhabitants.
Time permitting you will take a scenic route with views to the Río Grande via Abra de Picachu to La Higuera.
You will enjoy dinner by candlelight and spend the night in La Higuera in the quiet and romantic hostel, which used to be the telegraphist's house in Che's time.
The 2nd day we will visit the school where Che got executed in 1967. Nowadays the school building holds a small museum. On the small square you will have a look at the three statues in honour of Che. Then you have three options to choose from:
- We will make a hike of about 3½ hours via de Abra de Batán to the Quebrada del Churo, the place where Che was captured. We will have to descend and climb up quite steep during this hike. After lunch we will drive down to the Río Grande.
- You go downhill biking* to the Rio Grande. La Higuera lies at an altitude of appr. 2,040m and you will descend in more or less 2 hours to about 1,000m. At the Río Grande you can have a rest or go for a swim in the river. You will be provided with a pack lunch. Someone will follow by car to drive your bike back up again and you will be picked up on the bridge over the Río Grande to continue the tour.
- We will drive down to the Río Grande. Our goal is to make a hike to a 90m high waterfall in the surrounding of Nuevo Mundo later on (road- and weather conditions permitting). We will provide a pack lunch. The hike to the waterfall from the place where the car will be left behind will take 45 minutes more or less.
During the drive down from La Higuera to the Río Grande you will enjoy the constantly changing landscapes and probably see many parrots, vultures and other birds. We will make a stop on the impressive bridge which crosses the river. The landscape between the Río Grande and Nuevo Mundo is beautiful and varied; cacti, black earth, red rocks, river and mountain views. We will pass the community of El Oro with its white houses, red roofs, black earth, green banana trees, and sugarcane.
If you chose for this option you will make the hike to the waterfall close to Nuevo Mundo. Later on we will try to visit a woman in Nuevo Mundo that makes hand weavings. We continue to the pleasant town of Villa Serrano where you will see the biggest charango in the world. This guitar-like instrument is played, only twice a year, by a group of musicians at the same time.
We will have dinner and stay overnight in Villa Serrano.
On the 3rd day we try to visit the charango teacher in his house/workshop where he makes the charango. Here he will explain how the instrument is made, what materials he works with, etc.
If this last day of the tour falls on a Sunday, we will pay a visit to the famous and colourful market which Tarabuco is famous for.
If it isn't Sunday we will have more time. On the road again we will appreciate a constant changing landscape consisting of higher mountains, different style of houses and costumes.
Via Tomina where you can see one of the oldest churches in Chuquisaca we will continue in the direction of Tarabuco. Just before Zudañez we will drive up the mountain Calle Calle where we can make a short hike and enjoy the beautiful views over the surroundings where freedom fighters Padilla and Juana Azurduy had their battles.
We will pass a beautiful gorge where, time permitting, we will walk into to enjoy nature and to search the kolibri gigante, the biggest hummingbird that exists.
After lunch we'll continue to Sucre where the tour ends.
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