Friday, May 7, 2010

Only way to La Plata: By foot

World Reviewer reports:
The Comandancia de La Plata functioned as headquarters for Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and their guerrilla rebel army, while they planned and campaigned their fight against Batista. Visiting it today, the grounds are kept in their original, rustic style, with only one of the original cabins transformed into a small and equally rustic information center.
The only way to access the museum is by foot or mule, and a park guide must direct you, as the hike is narrow and steep (not to mention full of wildlife such as snakes, lizards, birds, etc.).
On your way up, you learn that Fidel and his comrades hiked a similar route to establish their hidden command center. As you make your way through the dense vegetation, you pass look out points and thatched spy-huts, used by the rebel forces to guard their headquarters. Once you reach the Comandancia de La Plata itself, you can enter Fidel’s cabin, which still houses his bed, beer fridge, desk and trap door (for a speedy escape).
Also, the original broadcast hut for ‘Radio Rebelde’ still stands, as well as Che’s hut, the original stairs and trails, the kitchen and the hospital hut where Che worked as a doctor.

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