Freedom instinct along the paths of an unknown South America.
The Motorcycle Diaries, a film directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles in 2004, is a road movie that stands out for being set in South America and portraying in beautiful landscapes a true story of discovery and transformation.
This is about the trip taken by a 29-year-old biochemist named Alberto Granado and his 23-year-old friend, medical student Ernesto Guevara, who would later earn the nickname “Che”.
The starting point is the city of Córdoba, Argentina, and the final goal, Caracas, Venezuela. A journey of more than eight thousand miles that would be covered on the old Norton 500 motorcycle from Granado, nicknamed “La Poderosa” (The Mighty).
The two hit the road on December 29, 1951, the first stop is the capital, Buenos Aires. From there, they cross Patagonia and cross the Andes until reaching Chile where they know the Atacama desert and come into contact with the harsh reality of workers in the Chuquicamata copper mines.
Still in Chile, with less than a third of the way traveled, “La Poderosa” definitely spoils and the two friends go on walking, hitchhiking or paying as little as possible for any available means of transport.
Since then, they face many difficulties, but it is a small price to pay for the freedom to experience first-hand villages, mountains, rivers, cities, peoples, and cultures that they knew only from books.
So they sail on Lake Titicaca, marvel at the mysteries of Machu Picchu, and sail through a tributary of the Amazon River until they reach a colony of lepers, where Ernesto breaks paradigms and celebrates his 24th birthday with them.
The arrival in Caracas takes place on July 17, 1952, exactly six months and 19 days after departure. But the men who arrive are no longer the two young dreamers who have left.
The Motorcycle Diaries is a film that transcends its main character, who is still far from being the widely known revolutionary
Ernesto Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado are two travelers impacted by the contrasts of an unknown South America, he is the real protagonist of a journey of transformation that no one can pass unscathed.