Hotel Islazul Hanabanilla
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... a stunning victory in Santa Clara in 1958, which was the turning point of the revolution
... societal equality (everyone is equally poor).
But I digress. Because of his success (as well as a larger than life persona) Che Guevara has been immortalized in Santa Clara- his mausoleum is the single biggest attraction and it's very well done. Che is an icon, not just in Cuba, but all through Latin America. His image wearing a beret, and sporting a scruffy beard and cigar is on T-shirts ...
Santa Clara is also the burial place of Che' Guevara and its all about Che' all night and all day. You can't swing a dead cat and not hit a T-shirt with his face on it or a mural painted on a wall. There is a Che' monument and a museum and an eternal flame that was lit by Castro himself in 1991 when Che's remains were returned to Cuba from a mass grave in Bolivia. The monument is impressive but sadly, the giant statue of Che' looks more like a prop from a Planet of ...
... security was fine.
Carlos (co-owner of Autentico Pergola) was waiting patiently with a card with my name on it and a taxi, as promised. My first fear, of having to find my own way to the casa was immediately allayed. The second was shortly put to rest as I was directed to the cambio so I could get some Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). It was a quick process but I suspect, as the guidebooks say, that they gave me a lousy rate.
The ride ...
... the mausoleum where the remains of many of those involved in the 1959 revolution, including the remains of Che Guevara. Killed in 1967 in Bolivia, his remains were identified and brought to Cuba sometime in the 1980s.
We returned to the bus, collected our cameras and took photos of the statue and memorial in Revolution Square.
We then went to the Central Square of Santa Clara. Many of the buildings around the quarter have been restored. ...