The remote village where the Argentina-born revolutionary was executed is now a tourist attraction but the fortunes of his regional political heirs are on the wane
On 3 November 1966, a middle-aged Uruguayan businessman named Adolfo Mena Gonzlez touched down in La Paz, Bolivia. He took a hotel suite overlooking the snowbound heights of Mount Illimani, and photographed himself overweight, balding, lit cigar in his mouth in the mirror.
In reality, however, he was none other than Ernesto Che Guevara the Argentina-born revolutionary who helped topple Cubas US-backed dictator, lectured the United States from a UN lectern, penned treatises on Marxism and guerrilla warfare, and sought to export socialism worldwide.
Eleven months later, another image of Guevara would spread around the world, showing his scrawny, lifeless body on a stretcher, his full head of hair and beard unkempt, and his eyes wide open.
They said he looked like Christ, said Susana Osinaga, 87, a retired nurse who helped wash the dirt and blood off Guevaras body. People today still pray to Saint Ernesto. They say he grants miracles.
Next Monday marks the 50th anniversary of Guevaras death on 9 October 1967 an event which Bolivias current left wing president, Evo Morales, will commemorate with a host of events including a Relaunching of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle.