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by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
December 17, 2005
From journal Buenas Tardes, Buenos Aires
October 26, 2005
From journal 3 Days in Buenos Aires
by Kauai Boy
July 5, 2004
Entry into the cemetary is free and, as I had visited here before, we walked right in without a guide. However, for first timers, I do recommend hiring someone to walk you through--just ask at the info desk in the entrance. You could also freeload off of larger tour groups and their guides.
One word of caution: beggars often frequent the entrance of the cemetary and the neighboring church. You will need to either shrug them off rudely or part with a few coins -- they're experts at tugging at your heart-strings.
From journal Volleyball Team in Buenos Aires
March 8, 2002
This cemetery, which covers over 13 acres of ground, contains an amazing cornucopia of grandiose tombs and mausoleums. It is said that the cemetery occupies the most expensive plot of land in Argentina, and this is reflected by the fact that many great political figures, war heroes, athletes and writers are laid to rest here. The clusters of mausoleums, shaped like classical temples and pyramids, are impressively enormous and form claustrophobic "avenues". Some are as large as houses and have several "floors" within them. Casually stroll down the passageways and just gawk at the remarkable assortment of sculptures and detailed adornment. Near the entrance, there is a large general plan of the cemetery that indicates the locations of the memorials of many notables including Evita Duarte de Peron, embalmed in the Duarte family tomb. Gray skies and a slightly coolish breeze intensified the somber mood throughout my visit to this historic cemetery.
Ironically, the cemetery is home to its own living population of stray cats who seem to be well fed by some local custodian. Seeing cats of all shapes and sizes materializing from between mausoleums and dashing towards the custodian gives a true meaning to the term "feeding frenzy".
The admission hours of the cemetery (which dates from 1822) are from 10AM to 5PM. The interesting La Recoleta neighborhood surrounding the cemetery features many fine restaurants (lots of delicious steak places), ice cream shops (almost as good as the gelato in Italy), boutiques, trendy art galleries and the like. Wandering through a dark cemetery is not for everybody, but this is a very interesting excursion and one can comprehend how Argentines deal with their cities of the dead.
From journal Bill in Argentina - BUENOS AIRES
New York, New York
June 29, 2001
Of course you'll want to visit Recoleta cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried - her tomb is adorned with flowers from a constant barrage of well-wishers, along with plaques from various organizations. Though it's hard to find your way around the cemetery, follow groups of people and you're sure to find Evita's resting place.
The cemetery I found to be the most interesting was the larger Chacarita Cemetery. Famous people buried here include Carlos Gardel (the father of the Tango), and Juan Perón. Carlos Gardel's tomb is almost festive, and is adorned with a large statue of the musician. Be sure you ask someone to show you where it is, as this cemetery is much less touristy, so you can't find famous tombs by following crowds. A kind groundskeeper showed me the way to Gardel's tomb, then took me over to Juan Peron's, where, as luck would have it, there was a small group of people gathered around to celebrate his birthday (I had no idea it was his birthday when I went!) They sang songs, hugged and kissed each other, and didn't seem to mind that I was lurking about. What an experience! You have to take the subway to get to Chacarita Cemetery - ask at the tourist office.
From journal Hello, Buenos Aires
, New Mexico
June 25, 2001
From journal A Weekend in Buenos Aires
November 2, 2000
From journal Be A Part of B.A.