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Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

If you love history and all things that are associated with Che Guevarra, Santa Clara is the place to be. The famous guerrilla is immortalized everywhere around the city. It’s like the city is a memorial to Che. You see him in propaganda billboards, murals and souvenirs. Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara is good for a day’s tour—and the good thing is, it’s less touristy.

If you don’t like Che, skip this city. ūüôā¬†

Without all things Che, the city won’t be appealing to tourists. It’s the only city where I wasn’t bothered by aggressive touts and scammers that’s proliferating in cities like Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Trinidad. The reason I dropped by this city for two nights wasn’t because of Che—but because Santa Clara is …

“a city of new trends and insatiable creativity, where an edgy youth culture has been testing the boundaries of Cuba’s censorship police for almost a decade.”¬†

Lonely Planet




And I must admit, it’s true. People there are more open-minded than any other cities I’ve been to. On the weekend I was there, Parque Vidal and the surrounding streets were still crowded at 1:30 in the morning with party animals drinking, dancing and having¬†good times with their friends.

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This is Parque Vidal, the center of the city.

Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara Cuba

Parque Vidal / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara




Parque Vidal is a good place for people watching, especially in the afternoon when people are coming out of their jobs and parents bring their children to play here.

Enjoy a mini-concert

Parque Vidal / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara Cuba

Parque Vidal / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

At 8PM, the city’s orchestra led the singing of the country’s national anthem. Everybody stood and stopped whatever they were doing. A¬†mini-concert followed.

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Join the yuppies at Europa Cafe.

Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

This place seems to be the hangout for young Cubans with jobs. Good place to meet other backpackers, too. Prices are so cheap–and the only cafe I’ve been to in Cuba where both the locals and the tourists pay the same price.

Estatue Che y Nino (Statue of Che and Child)

Santa Clara Estatue Che y Nino

Estatue Che y Nino / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Right outside the Provincial Capitol, a statue of Che carrying a child is immortalized. Look at it closer, from head to shoes, and you’ll find some symbolisms embellished in the statue.

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado in Santa Clara Cuba

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado in Santa Clara Cuba / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara.

Che Guevarra and his men derailed an armored train that led to a 90-minute battle with their enemies. The said battle ended Batista’s regime and ushered Castro’s rule of the country.

Loma del Capiro

Loma del Capiro in Santa Clara / Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Loma del Capiro in Santa Clara / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara.




Historically, Che Guevarra used this as a strategic point to see the enemies approaching. Today, it’s the best place to see the city’s panorama.

Che Monument

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara Cuba

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara.

Che’s grand statue overlooks the huge square where political gatherings (not protests) are held.

Che Guevarra Museum

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara Cuba / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

The museum is under Che’s monument. It displays the guerilla’s diaries, uniform, photos and other things he used during the revolution. No photos allowed.

Che Mausoleum

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara Cuba

Che Monument / Memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba

Also under the statue is a mausoleum for dear Che and his fellow soldiers who were executed in Bolivia. Their bodies were found years later and was brought back to Cuba (only 17 out 38). On top of Che’s grave is a small pyramid that carries the eternal torch. Fidel Castro lit the fire in 1997 — and only time can tell when the light shall be extinguished.

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Catch a show at Theatro La Caridad

Teatro La Caridad Santa Clara Cuba

Teatro La Caridad in Santa Clara, Cuba

Wear pants. They almost didn’t let me in because I was wearing shorts. But they let women come in spaghetti strap tops that are almost like a lingerie. Price:¬†5CUC for strangers. 5 Pesos for locals. There’s no translation during the show. If cultural shows are not your thing, you can check out the interior during the day for 1CUC.

Party at Club Mejunje

Club Mejunje Santa Clara Cuba

Club Mejunje in Santa Clara, Cuba

The pic above isn’t your typical club setting but this is home¬†to Cuba’s most famous transgender cabaret shows. On weekends, it’s packed and it could be impossible to navigate around. It’s mostly young people dancing and drinking and making out. Not to mention flirting. Drinks are cheap.¬†

Pose with Che Guevarra’s Mural

Che Santa Clara Bus Station Cuba / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Che Guevarra’s Mural / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara.

At Santa Clara’s Bus station, the commandante is a permanent fixture on the wall.

Provincial Museum

Museo Provincial Santa Clara Cuba

Museo Provincial in Santa Clara, Cuba

Yes, I know, museums are boring—but this one is the most boring I’ve ever been to.

Museo de Artes Decorativas

Museo de Artes Decorativas Santa Clara Cuba

Museo de Artes Decorativas in Santa Clara

Do you like ancient, baroque and art deco furnitures? You should come inside this museum.

Visit a Church

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen Santa Clara Cuba / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen in Santa Clara / Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara.

Well, if you have enough time, visit some churches—even if you are not religious. It’s always interesting.

Take photos of Che as many as you want

Che billboard in Santa Clara

Che billboard in Santa Clara

Just like I told you, Che is everywhere in Santa Clara. He’s like the Big Brother watching wherever you go.

Walk around

Santa Clara Streets

Santa Clara Streets

Life in Cuba might be the same all over the country, but not all streets are created equal, right? There’s always something new if you’re just keen to notice it.

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One Response to “Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara”

  1. Shane
    July 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM #

    Che wasn’t a hero. He never was. He might be a hero in Cuba but in South America, he’s not.

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