Although noting the difficulties of the people he encountered, Guevara's book is hardly a political diatribe. At some points it is simply pure travel writing. As he writes of Cuzco, Peru, it is not "a city to visit for this or that painting. Rather, it's the whole city which creates the impression of the peaceful, if sometimes disquieting center of a civilization that has long since passed" (115). That's the kind of writing that you would expect to read in a travel guide.
It's hard not to admire the Guevara of the book for his adventurous spirit and his compassion for people. His historical legacy is less clear with his unwavering support of Marxist ideology and his responsibility for the execution of an estimated 500 people after the Cuban revolution. Still, his youthful reaction to the poverty and injustice he encountered during his trip poses a question we have yet to answer. How do we best deal with poverty and injustice not only in our country but in the world? In spite of political pundits who would wish it otherwise, our increasingly interconnected times makes this a question that will not go away.