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Rosario, Argentina - Che Guevara Was Born In A House At 480 Entre Rios

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2008 May 2012   » View Photoset (37 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Originally I came to Rosario in 2008 for 5 nights but didn't do much outside the city center where I was staying. I visited the bars, clubs and
Argentina Photo - Mosheh ben Maimon (1135-1204) philosopher, monument in Rosario.
Mosheh ben Maimon (1135-1204) philosopher, monument in Rosario.
shops mainly. I returned in 2012 to discover much more about Rosario, not all of it appealing. It has been said that Rosario is Argentinas pretty girl capital, this could be true, but I can't say for sure. Anyway, what I can say is that after arriving from Buenos Aires, a 4hr bus ride and catching a taxi into the center which takes around 10mins. I finally found a reasonably priced place to stay for my girlfriend and I.

Looking for a Budget Hotel

A budget hotel was not so easy to find. I had to visit the tourist office first to get directions for a place, the office is on the main street along the riverfront.

Night Photos of the Cathedral

That evening I took my camera out to take a few night photos of Rosarios cathedral and plaza and to enjoy watching the people in the city center.

City Tour

Next day I started out early in order to see as much as I could around the city. I began down by the river near the colorful boatsheds. I walked in the direction of the white Navy building and tourist office. The first great thing to see is the huge monument called Monumento Historico Nacional a La Bandera - The Gallery Of Honour Of American Flags. For sure it's a group of spectacular monuments all in the same place but really it is just a huge area of concrete and has no soul. The worst thing though is the backdrop of apartment buildings all around it and so close, they should have planned that better I was thinking. I now came to a park with a fountain and a
Argentina Photo - Pedal boats to rent at the lagoon in Parque Independencia in Rosario.
Pedal boats to rent at the lagoon in Parque Independencia in Rosario.
statue of Santa Francisca Javier Cabrini (1850-1917), an Italian nun, a patron of immigrants. On the other side of the road is the building for the river ferry called La Fluvial. An old sailboat called the Zvonimirova Ladja from The Navy of Zvonimir of Croacia stands as a monument in
Argentina Photo - Statue of Che Guevara in Plaza Che in Rosario.
Statue of Che Guevara in Plaza Che in Rosario.
the park as well as a bust (statue of the upper portion of the body) of Admiral Guillermo Brown (1777-1857), a national hero. Some guys were fishing at the rivers-edge and had caught a bunch of small catfish. In the park around the ferry building there are various other monuments to people like Domingo Polichiso who was known as El Islero and lived on the islands in the Parana River and Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908), violin virtuoso from Spain who visited and played in Argentina. There are a couple of small plazas called Plaza Navarra and Plazoleta Abanderado Grandoli and some more bronze guys - Juan B. Alberdi (1810-1884) an influential Argentine liberal and John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905) Italian father of the migrants. I walked through another park area with a lookout point that had a view of the road and the backdrop of ugly apartments right behind it. I now went in search of the Che Guevara monument at Plaza Che which was quite a few blocks away.

Dog Turds Everywhere

It was a pretty rough walk
Argentina Photo - The white Navy building near the river in Rosario.
The white Navy building near the river in Rosario.
getting to Plaza Che, a constant eye was needed on the pavement below to watch out for dog turds, it was bad, they were everywhere.

Plaza Che

Finally getting to the Rosario train station where Plaza Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is really just a shabby field next to it with an old nothing special statue of Che at the back. There is nothing else really around here apart from an old church called the Instituto del Buen Pastor founded in 1896, another
Argentina Photo - Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), Italian general and politician, Rosario.
Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), Italian general and politician, Rosario.
plaza called Lucio Fontana and some wall graffiti of Che, Simon Bolivar and some other military guys.

Churches and Tango Shoes

While walking to the park I passed church Parroquia San Cayetano before arriving at Plaza General Lopez which was originally a fruit market in 1858, it has many fully established trees. I found myself next on the high street where I passed a shop selling tango, salsa, flamenco and folklore dancing shoes called Bottier, the link goes to their website. A church called Basilica San Jose stands on the street corner nearby, an historic monument.

Parque Independencia (Park)

It was a long walk to get to Rosarios main park Parque Independencia from Plaza Che, at least 10 blocks. The park is large, the first section
Argentina Photo - Trees and grass at Parque Independencia in Rosario.
Trees and grass at Parque Independencia in Rosario.
I walked around is dominated by a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) - an Italian general and politician, other monuments include one of composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) and ex-president Dr. Carlos Pellegrini (1846-1906) and military leader Manuel Belgrano (1770-1820). Parque Independencia has another area with gardens and a bridge over a small lagoon. It is not that attractive or well organised in my opinion. A sign shows a photo of Che Guevara as a baby with his parents sitting in a seat beside the water in 1928. On the other side of the road is a
Argentina Photo - Small catfish caught on the edge of the Rio Parana in Rosario.
Small catfish caught on the edge of the Rio Parana in Rosario.
much bigger lagoon with an island and a place you can rent a small pedalboat and paddle around. In this area is a childrens garden and museum Museo Historico Provincial.

Where Che Guevara Was Born

Now I wanted to go and find the actual house (apartment) where Che Guevara was born. I made my way to the address of Entre Rios 480 by taxi, it's in the middle of town. I took a few photos and made a video.

Not Attractive

The last thing I did in Rosario before leaving was to head back to the river and take a walk through the park there. The park was not that great, mainly because all the statues (at least 12) had been stolen and the park was full of empty concrete statue pedestals - not attractive! This is my main gripe with Rosario, it's a city that is disorganised in its placement of things (parks and monuments) and it is not really that attractive either, very overrated.

Bus Terminal and Out

It was time now to get back to the bus terminal called Terminal Mariano Moreno named after the Argentine lawyer (1778-1811). My next destination after Rosario would be Santa Fe, just 2hrs 20mins north.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Rosario (Argentina) to:


Map location: Rosario, Argentina. Famous for being the birthplace of Che Guevara and for being the pretty girl capital, but the city itself um hmmmm...
 A : Santa Fe - Argentina 148 kms 148 kms straight distance | 1hr 41mins 1hr 41mins by car (166 kms) | 2hrs 1min 2hrs 1min by bus (166 kms) (166 kms)
 B : Parana - Argentina 135 kms 135 kms straight distance | 2hrs 43mins 2hrs 43mins by car (215 kms) | 3hrs 15mins 3hrs 15mins by bus (215 kms) (215 kms)
 C : Colon - Argentina 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by car (305 kms) | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by bus (305 kms) (305 kms)
 D : Paysandu - Uruguay 255 kms 255 kms straight distance | 3hrs 46mins 3hrs 46mins by car (307 kms) | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by bus (307 kms) (307 kms)
 E : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (315 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (315 kms) (315 kms)
 F : Buenos Aires - Argentina 274 kms 274 kms straight distance | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by car (320 kms) | 4hrs 1min 4hrs 1min by bus (320 kms) (320 kms)
 G : Mercedes - Uruguay 253 kms 253 kms straight distance | 4hrs 12mins 4hrs 12mins by car (333 kms) | 5hrs 2mins 5hrs 2mins by bus (333 kms) (333 kms)
 H : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 317 kms 317 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (356 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (356 kms) (356 kms)
 I : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 244 kms 244 kms straight distance | 4hrs 37mins 4hrs 37mins by car (368 kms) | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by bus (368 kms) (368 kms)
 J : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 349 kms 349 kms straight distance | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by car (402 kms) | 7hrs 40mins 7hrs 40mins by bus (402 kms) (402 kms)
 K : Cordoba - Argentina 377 kms 377 kms straight distance | 4hrs 17mins 4hrs 17mins by car (424 kms) | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by bus (424 kms) (424 kms)
 L : Carmelo - Uruguay 256 kms 256 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (433 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (433 kms) (433 kms)
 M : Montevideo - Uruguay 455 kms 455 kms straight distance | 7hrs 34mins 7hrs 34mins by car (515 kms) | 9hrs 4mins 9hrs 4mins by bus (515 kms) (515 kms)
 N : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 466 kms 466 kms straight distance | 6hrs 49mins 6hrs 49mins by car (542 kms) | 8hrs 10mins 8hrs 10mins by bus (542 kms) (542 kms)
 O : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 532 kms 532 kms straight distance | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by car (757 kms) | 10hrs 43mins 10hrs 43mins by bus (757 kms) (757 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Rosario, Argentina:

Hotel Britannia, Rosario, Argentina - Large Photo
Hotel Britannia, Rosario, Argentina (May 2012 - 1 night) - Cheap accommodation apart from sleeping in a hostel dorm is not easy to find in Rosario. This place is the best of a bad bunch that I could find. Big room but such a rip-off!
Che Pampas Hostel, Rosario, Argentina - Large Photo
Che Pampas Hostel, Rosario, Argentina (Jul 2008 - 2 nights) - A nice hostel with TV room, WIFI and kitchen and very nice staff. A very relaxing place to chill and have fun. There is a supermarket just a few doors away to get supplies. The staff took all the guests out to the nightclubs in the weekend. The room next to the foyer is a little noisy and not so easy to sleep in.

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