In terms of luxury accommodations for the dearly departed, Recoleta’s cemetery ranks pretty highly. You would never call it plain. It’s not a field with rows of rectangular marble headstones. Instead, it has hundreds of ornate crypts crowding over each other for attention. It’s not every cemetery that has streets and avenues. Most of the crypts are above ground, but some have small stairwells leading to underground basements.
A few of the tombs are old and unkempt, well on the way to looking like an abandoned pile of rocks. But most of the tombs are much more lavish and could easily qualify as mini-temples. Gleaming glass and marble enclosures. Ornate wrought-iron gates open to small stairwells leading underground. Marble statues of angels and saints guard the entrances.
Recoleta sits on top of a hill in Buenos Aires next to Our Lady of Pilar Basilica on ground that was once the church’s orchard. It gets its name from the neighborhood, traditionally a wealthy one.
La Recoleta Cemetery’s most famous resident is Eva Peron, best known in the west as Evita. Her home since 1952 has been a small panel on a family crypt. Befitting her popular appeal, it just might be the least ostentatious place of rest in the whole of La Recoleta cemetery.
Photos of La Recoleta Cemetery
You can find more photos of La Recoleta Cemetery here.
Guidebooks for Argentina
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Argentina. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Fodor's Travel Guides (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Planet, Lonely (Author)
- DK Eyewitness (Author)
- Printed on waterproof material.
- Tear resistant.
Travel Insurance For Your Trip to Argentina
I never travel without travel insurance, and I've run into several situations where I've had to make claims. I consider it essential.
But shopping for travel insurance can be a pain and confusing. Thankfully, there are some travel insurance comparison sites that show you a wide range of plans, make it easy to compare coverage, and can save you money at the same time. And the coverage can be much better tailored to your specific needs than the checkbox offering at travel booking sites or through your credit card.
These are some good places to shop for travel insurance for your next trip to Argentina :
Hopefully, you won't need it, but if something goes wrong, you'll sure be glad you have it!