Second Journey across Latin America
In July 1953, once graduated as physician, Ernesto began a new trip this time with the company of Carlos Ferrer (Calica).
In July 1953, once graduated as physician, Ernesto began a new trip this time with the company of Carlos Ferrer (Calica). They travelled throughout Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. In Guatemala, he participated in the resistance against the coup that overthrew the government of Jacobo Arbenz. Then he travelled to Mexico, refuge to all Latin American victims of political persecution, where he met the Cuban Ñico López and, through him, Raúl Castro, who talked to him about Cuba and his brother Fidel, the 26th of July Movement, the expedition towards Cuba and the current liberation project.
“I met him (Fidel) in one of those cold Mexican evenings, and I remember that our first discussion was about international politics. Some hours later -at dawn- I was already one of the future members of the expeditionary force”.Ernesto Che Guevara
“Una revolución que comienza” (1959) “A starting revolution”Hymn to Fidel by Ernesto Guevara (1956)
you ardent prophet of dawn,
along those unmapped paths,
to liberate the green alligator that you hold so dear.
When the first shoot is heard and the entire swamp wakes up
in the virginal amazement,
we will be combatant and at your side
we shall remain.
When your voice announces
agricultural justice, bread,
and freedom to all and sundry,
with identical emphasis, at your side
we will be.
And when the end of the day arrives,
the sanitary operation against the tyrant,
there waiting for the last battle,
by your side we will be...
And if iron stands in our way,
we ask for a sheet of Cuban tears
to cover our guerrilla bones
on the journey to American history.