Shortly after 7:00 we are at Trinidad’s bus station. While waiting for the bus to arrive, we have a little chat with some other travelers and get to know Jannis and Vicky, who, like me, are Greeks, but live in Belgium.
The bus arrives punctually and we are off to Santa Clara, the probably most by Che Guevara characterized city in whole Cuba – he had his greatest military achievement here.
Santa Clara –
Just about 3 hours later we reach the bus station in Santa Clara. The next bus to Varadero will be at 18:05 – we still got time to expore the city. Be buy the tickets (11 CUC (11.00 USD)) but have to deal with our luggage. Of course there is also in the small luggage storage room in the bus station we can quite uncomplicated store our stuff . We already noticed on our arrival that Che Guevara is quite present here – and is even more worshiped than in the rest of the country. No wonder – in this city “El Commandante” has had his most impressive military success as he stopped one of dictator Batista armored arms transporting trains and captured the means of war.
We decide to visit the attractions here as a group with Jannis and Vicky. Having a look at the map in the Lonely Planet: “This map sucks, it stops exactly at the Monumento de Tren Blindado – where is the hill?!”*. Not the first time I found a travel guidebooks information lacking. Unfortunately, you cannot check for directions on the internet here in Cuba (also we both didn’t take any mobile phones with us). Luckily, Jannis has gotten a small note with some scibbled directions from one of his friends. Looks quite uncomplicated – actually you just have to follow the main road.
Museo y Monumento Memorial Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara
The road leads us to the Plaza de la Revolution: The monument dedicated to Che Guevara was built on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Santa Clara and was completed in 1988. The entire monument consists of the memorial, a museum and the mausoleum.