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Your own Motorcycle Diaries: touring Cuba with Che Guevara’s son

Fuente: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/apr/30/ernesto-guevara-motorbike-tours-cuba


t’s a sunny morning in Trinidad, Cuba, and in front of a row of brightly painted colonial houses, a vintage Harley Davidson is attracting admiring glances. But a newer Harley parked behind it, outside a guesthouse, probably has a more interesting story: it belongs to Ernesto Guevara, son of revolutionary hero Che.

Ernesto runs motorbike tours of Cuba and today, before setting off for the mountains and beach, he’s having breakfast in the guesthouse courtyard with his group. Wearing a black Harley T-shirt and wristband, he looks younger than his 51 years.

He says he inherited his passion for motorbikes from his father and has loved them since he was a child. “I have had a Harley since I was 21,” he tells me. “After so many years they become part of you.”

He started La Poderosa Tours over a year ago, to share his love of Cuba and motorbikes. The name is a tribute to La Poderosa II (the name means powerful), the Norton bike on which his father and friend Alberto Granado rode for nine months across South America in 1952, a trip recorded in Che’s book The Motorcycle Diaries.

Un hijo de Che Guevara vende circuitos en moto por Cuba

Fuente: https://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2014/12/11/548981d3268e3edd298b4584.html

04-17-2017 14:03

El hijo menor del guerrillero Ernesto „Che“ Guevara ha abierto una agencia de viajes en Cuba que ofrece a los clientes viajar por la isla comunista en moto, perpetuando la pasión de su padre por las dos ruedas.

La agencia, llamada „La Poderosa Tours“, ha publicado recientemente los circuitos a través de los manillares de una Harley Davidson „casarse con el deleite de la variedad de paisajes de esta isla hermosa y el contacto íntimo con una parte de la historia de una Revolución único „, ha informado su portal de Internet.

Ernesto Guevara: How my father inspired my Cuban motorcycle tours

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41510650
By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News
9-Oct-17

Hay veces en el que el parecido familiar es misterioso.

Barba descuidada, nariz inconfundible… Las similitudes del padre con el hijo se extienden hasta en la mirada que el más joven de los hijos de Ernesto Guevara deposita en un puro encendido que sujeta firmemente entre los dedos.

Detrás de los atributos físicos, el hijo del revolucionario latinoamericano más famoso, el Che, también heredó de su padre su amor por las motos.

„Siempre me gustó la mecánica, la velocidad, las motos y los coches“, dice Ernesto, de 52 años, mientras se toma una bebida fría en un local de La Habana decorado con motivos de la Harley-Davidson.

„Pasen a ver a los chanchos muertos“: así fue el velorio de Ernesto „Che“ Guevara hace 50 años
Vallegrande, el pueblo de Bolivia que „ocultó“ los restos del Che Guevara durante 30 años
„Cuando era niño me gustaba arreglar coches y bicicletas. Puede que sea algo que aprendí de mi padre o quizás no, pero venga de donde venga, lo cierto es que me encanta“.

A pesar de compartir pasiones, el joven Guevara ha tomado un camino muy distinto al de su padre: la industria del turismo.

Posee una compañía de rutas turísticas que ofrece recorrer Cuba en moto y sólo está ligada al Che por el nombre: Tours La Poderosa, nombrada así en referencia a la Norton de 500 cc con la que su padre recorrió las Américas.

Tom Agnes, USA

I can’t say enough about my excellent experience with La Poderosa! From the moment that I was greeted exiting the plane, every possible need was attended to. Maria, in the office, Ernesto, Camillo and Jan as our dailey guides in our little Harley caravan were all focused on making our experience everything that was promised and more. Ina was our historian, interpreter and facilitator who helped make the tour informative and culturally rich. Our evenings were terrific social events enjoyed with Ernesto and Camillo. Great lodgings at terrific hotels, excellent meals, the mountains, the beaches; trip of a lifetime. DO IT!!

Richard Christine Hayes, Uk

The best possible way to see Cuba!!!!
TheTour is fantasticaly organised. With a great choice of modern Harley’s to choose from, all in perfect condition. Ernesto and Camilo did a wonderful job of leading us through the varied terrain of Cuba…as well as entertaining us at the stops and in the evenings. Ina, our amazing little cultural guide, had a thorough knowledge to impart on all of Cubam life.
The mix of long rides, cultural breaks, and time on the beach was just right! If you want to see Cuba, and can ride a motorcycle, this is the Tour for You!

Rüdiger Fischer, Germany

After a long time I wanted to do a motorcycle tour again in latin america. I was choosing between two different tours (the Enduro-Tour in colombia or the Harley-Tour on Cuba). Finally I took the La Poderosa-Tour on Cuba, because of the good comments.
Before my anticipation was big and I was so excited, but all that got overshooted!
The perfectly organization, the nice team and the other travelers with amazing personalities made the tour with Nestor and Camilo to an unforgettable and fantastic experience where I made some new friends!
All the Harleys are in the best condition and were verified and cleaned after every daily trip.
Also the food and the accommodations were well selected!
Personally I preferred the smaller hotels like Rancho San Vincente“ in Vinales, Pinar del Rio and „Lola“ in Trinidad more, than the bigger ones because of the individuality and the extraordinarily good service!

You have to do this tour! You can’t get to know Cuba better in nine days!
Thanks to Ina, Yanmaes and Maria-Elena!
Hoping to see you again!

Nach längerer Zeit wollte ich wieder eine Motorrad-Tour in Lateinamerika machen.
Bei den beiden Touren, die in Frage kamen (Enduro-Tour in Kolumbien oder Harley-Tour auf Kuba) habe mich mich aufgrund der vielen guten Rezensionen für die La Poderosa-Tour auf Kuba entschieden.
Meine Vorfreunde auf diese Tour war riesig, doch all meine Erwartungen wurden vor Ort noch weit übertroffen!!!
Perfekte Organisation (noch nicht einmal Deutsche können da meckern 😉 ), ein super Team und nette Mitreisende haben diese Tour mit Camilo und Nestor zu einem unvergesslichen, megatollen Erlebnis gemacht und mir die Möglichkeit gegeben tolle Freunde kennenzulernen.
Alle Harleys sind in einem erstklassigen und neuwertigen Zustand und wurden nach jeder Etappe überprüft und gereinigt. Das Essen und die Unterkünfte sind sehr gut ausgewählt, wobei mir persönlich die kleineren Hotels „Rancho San Vincente“ in Vinales, Pinar del Rio und „Lola“ in Trinidad durch ihre Individualität und Servicebereitschaft besser gefallen haben, wie die großen AI-Hotels.

Ihr müsst die Tour machen: Besser kann man Cuba in 9 Tagen nicht kennenlernen!!!

Vielen Dank auch Ina, Yanmaes und Maria-Elena.
Ich hoffe auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen 🙂

Jakob Frolich, Denmark

After having spend a couple of days with Ernesto and Camillo, I can only give them my highest recommendation. Riding with those guys was an absolute blast. They were fun, charming, but also experienced drivers, that one would always feel safe around. Its a completely different way of experiencing Cuba. You gotta try it at least once in your life….

Никогда не скрывал, кто мой отец“. В Минск прилетел младший сын Че Гевары —

Source: https://news.tut.by/society/608116.html?crnd=51911

12 часов перелета из Гаваны в Амстердам, затем еще два часа из Амстердама в Минск — и вот он — живой, абсолютно реальный, немного уставший, но открытый к общению 53-летний сын команданте Эрнесто Че Гевары.

Белорусская погода к приезду кубинца, конечно, не подготовилась. Однажды она уже напугала одного известного латиноамериканца — Диего Марадону, но не сделала для себя (и страны) никаких выводов.

Под проливным дождем на площадке у минского Дворца спорта снуют байкеры и редкие гости мероприятия. Они внимательно смотрят на камеры и логотипы телеканалов, которые берут у кого-то интервью, но никак не признают в этом «ком-то» сына человека, совершившего революцию на Кубе.

Cuba: Che Guevara’s Son Ernesto offers tours on Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Source: http://www.traveller.com.au/cuba-che-guevaras-son-ernesto-offers-tours-on-harleydavidson-motorcycles-13nzyb

The youngest son of Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto „Che“ Guevara is behind a tourism initiative that offers expeditions around the Communist-ruled island on board Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The leader and co-ordinator of the project, 49-year-old Ernesto Guevara, is a lawyer who „inherited from his father a passion for motorcycles, which have allowed him to traverse the country and know it like few others“ and who has devoted more than 20 years of his life to restoring Harley-Davidsons.

CUBA

Source: https://www.cntraveller.com/location/cuba

Local dishes: Cuban cuisine is a mix of Spanish and African influences. Dishes like Moros y Cristianos (meaning „Moors and Christians“, a combination of black beans and rice), arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) and picadillo (minced beef and rice) are common, as are soups made with plantains, chick-peas or beans. Cocktails are legendary. Try Hemingway’s favourites, the mojito (rum, mint and lime) and the daquiri.

Interesting fact: Cuba is the only island in the Caribbean to have a railway. Good reading: Peter Bourne’s Castro: A Biography of Fidel Castro, Tomás Borge’s Face to Face with Fidel Castro and Beatriz Pagés‘ Can Cuba Survive? An Interview with Fidel Castro are just some of the better books on this icon of the 20th century. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson is considered the best biography of the mysterious Argentine. Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, the story of a British vacuum-cleaner salesman who is invited to become a spy in Cuba’s capital city, is a very entertaining read.

Visas: You’ll need a Tourist Card, which is easily obtained from your travel agent, for a fee of about £15. Non-tourists need to apply direct to the Cuban Consulate at 15 Grape Street, London WC2H 8DR (020 7240 2488).

Public holidays: Liberation Day (1 Jan); Labour Day; National Rebellion Day (25-27 July); Beginning of the Independence Wars (10 Oct). Christmas Day is not a public holiday in Cuba.