On July 7, 1953, Ernesto Guevara, 25-year-old, took a
train from Retiro Station in Buenos Aires to set out on
what would be his final, decisive trip through Latin America.
His travel companion and childhood friend, Carlos “Calica” Ferrer,
recounts for the first time the adventures and experiences
of those defining months that led the young Ernesto’s
transformation into Comandante Che Guevara. As in his first
trip with Alberto Granado, this second journey was an encounter
with the roots of indigenous America, with the incipient
people’s movements and all the beauty and suffering
of a continent oppressed for centuries.
“The name of the sidekick has changed from Alberto
to Calica, but the trip is the same: two free-spirits spanning
out over South America without knowing exactly what they're
looking for or which way is north,” wrote Guevara
in his travel diary.
The two friends explore Bolivia, Perú and Ecuador,
alternating their enthusiasm for travel and youthful antics
with revealing discoveries about social and political reality
in Latin America, in the end turning the trip into a profound
journey of self-discovery that would change them forever.
The book presents previously unpublished
photos from Calica’s
personal album that portray the childhood and youth of
the two friends in the town of Alta Gracia in the Province
of Córdoba, Argentina, as well as their trip together.
Alberto Granado, friend of both Ernesto and Calica, prologues
the book and finishes with these words:
“Thank you, Calica, for having
brought this breath of fresh air and showing us our friend
just as he was, is and always will be: a man of flesh