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20 interesting facts about Che Guevara you probably didn’t know


Che Guevara’s real name is in fact Ernest Lynch.

He was the descendant of a half Irish family.

His 1964 speech at the United Nations in New York was about racial discrimination in the United States.

He had five children, one from his first wife and four with his second wife

He is Argentinian, not Cuban as many believe.

He enjoyed chess throughout his life including childhood when he entered into a tournament.

His nickname at school was ‘Chancho’ which means pig, a name given to him due to his scruffy nature and reluctance to wash.

He completed his medical studies and became a doctor in 1953 with a particular interest in leprosy.

After his execution his hands were surgically removed by a doctor and sent to Buenos Aires for fingerprint identification.

In the city Rosario, his birth place, there is a twelve feet bronze statue of him created using 75,000 keys donated by Che supporters from around the world.

He went fishing in Cuba with Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemmingway.

Although his last words are hard to verify, before his execution he supposedly says “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.”

Other then Cuba, he also fought in revolutions in Bolivia and Congo.

Che was a well travelled man having visited Egypt, Morocco, Burma, Thailand, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Greece, Yoguslavia, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, North Korea, East Germany, Hungary, France, Tanzania,  Algeria, Ghana, Mali, Dahomey, Guinea, Congo and throughout the Americas.

He noted the power that the United Fruit Company had in Central America.

After the revolution in Cuba, Fidel named Che the Finance Minister.

Before 1959, Cuba had a literacy rate of around 60 percent. When Che took over he sent out workers to build schools and train teachers, by the end of which the literacy rate had increased to 96 percent.

After strained relations between him and the U.S.S.R due to the resolution of the Missile Crisis and Castro’s continued support of the Soviets, Che resigned from all government positions and renounced his Cuban citizenship.

The Maryland Institute of Art named the photo of Che from 1960 used on so many millions of t-shirts around the world as the most famous photo of all time.

Before the great motorbike journey, in 1950 he made his first voyage to the northern provinces of Argentina on a bicycle.

Watch the migratory routes of birds through the Americas sped up

This fascinating gif shows the migration of birds throughout the year between the Americas from 118 species. As you can see, their are plenty of excellent bird watching spots for migratory birds, but the cross over between the Americas – Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala – are particularly good. We run bird watching trips throughout the year. If you would like us to create a bespoke bird watching tour please do get in touch.


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Last chance to visit the Antarctic with one of our special offers


Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp Ortelius

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Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula
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Classic Antarctic
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Everything you need to know about Argentine Wine in one handy infographic

Most people who drink wine are familiar with Malbec, the national grape of Argentina, but less is known about the countries other grapes. Take the Bonarda grape for example, or the excellent Patagonian Pinot Noir. Not only does this infographic show the regions of wine making importance in Argentina but the facts and figures around the industry. Who knew that the highest winery in the world is located in the Upper Calchaqui Valleys at over 10,000 feet?

Credit: Vinepair

Credit: Vinepair

To begin your wine tour of Argentina, get in touch with us today.

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10 absolute musts in Buenos Aires

Indulge your sweet tooth

Flickr: Wally Gobetz

Flickr: Wally Gobetz

If you’ve never tried dulce de leche you are in for a real treat. The thick, milky caramel used in many deserts, pastries and alfajores is loved by both portenos and tourists alike. Many of the gelatos in the city sell dulce de leche ice cream which is divine.

Visit the MALBA

Flickr: Médéric

Flickr: Médéric

For anyone with even the slightest interest in art, a visit to the MALBA: Colección Costantini is a must. Artists work on display including Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral, Antonio Berni, Jorge de la Vega and Frida Kahlo.

Shop till you drop in San Telmo


Flickr: _Teb

Flickr: _Teb

The bric-a-brac and antique shops that line the Calle Defensa in San Telmo district make for a great day of bargain hunting. The area is best visited on a Sunday when the Feria de San Telmo market take over with a dazzling array of artisanal products and antiques.

Go to a Polo match

Argentina is famous for its polo and matches can be seen in the Spring months of September, October and November. You can even try your hand at the sport at one of the many clubs.

Tour the Tigre Delta

Want to escape the city? Just outside the lush scenery and calm waterways of the Tigre Delta. Jump on board one of the many small boat cruises and while away a sunny afternoon away from the bustle of the city.

Eat steak

Argentina has plenty of fine restaurants and a plethora of cuisines, both Argentine and international. But who (with the exception of vegetarians) could visit the city and not try and least one mouthwatering steak. Best accompanied by a glass of world-class Malbec.

Dance the night away at a milonga

Flickr: Lee

Flickr: Lee

Don’t just go and see a tango show, visit a milonga and try the steps for yourself. Milongas are held in many venues across the city, most of which resemble something between a community hall and a ballroom. 

Gorge on medialunas

Flickr: Jorge Gobbi

Flickr: Jorge Gobbi

Argentina’s answer to the French croissant, medialunas are delicious and best eaten accompanied by freshly roasted coffee in one of the many coffee houses dotted around the city.

Pay your respects to Evita at Recoleta Cemetery

Although it sounds morbid, its actually fascinating. Recoleta Cemetery located in the exclusive district of the same name is most famous for being the burial ground of Eva Peron. Although Evita is the most famous person buried here, there are many poets, scientists, presidents and military leaders that also rest in the cemetery.

Watch a football match at La Bombonera

Flickr: Pablo Alzate

Flickr: Pablo Alzate

There is no better way to introduce you to Argentina’s true passion that watching the Boca Juniors, the team Maradona once played for. Best if they are playing fierce rivals River Plate. If there’s no game you can still take a tour of the stadium.

To start your journey to Buenos Aires, contact us today.

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