Recoleta Cemetery picture
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Key Info

Calle Junín 1790, Recoleta

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This beloved cemetery—located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood—is the resting place of many notable political figures and elites in Argentine history.

You'll probably recall Madonna belting out Tim Rice's lyrics "Don't Cry for me Argentina" in her rendition as Eva "Evita" Perón in the 1978 musical, Evita. But what you may not remember is Eva Perón's role as the outspoken and influential first Lady of Argentina in 1946, nor her untimely death at age 33 from cancer. As you stroll through the cemetery, you'll not only catch a glimpse of Ms. Perón's ornate resting place, but also discover a wide array of art nouveau, art deco, and modernist mausoleums. Another highlight is the towering Círculo Militar, a black structure imported from Paris that features stunning white marble angels. One TripAdvisor user comments, "It is a necropolis full of architectural art. A visit to the city wouldn't be complete without this."

Visitors are permitted inside Recoleta Cemetery daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance is free, and tours in English are provided every Tuesday and Thursday morning, except during inclement weather conditions. For more information, consult the official Recoleta Cemetery website.

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The chic, sprawling neighborhood of Palermo in north Buenos Aires is divided into three parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo (which is further broken into Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). Alto Palermo is known for its museums and urban parks, like Carlos Thays Botanical Garden. Palermo Chico, which hosts extravagant mansions tucked behind the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), is a hidden spot often overlooked by tourists. And Palermo Viejo is where you'll encounter the most color and local flair. Palermo Soho houses a trove of high-end boutiques, bustling cafés and bars, and cobble-stoned streets. Neighboring Palermo Hollywood, located just north of Soho, brims with lively tapas bars, film studios, and festive outdoor markets.

Most travelers agree vibrant Palermo is a comfortable place to stay with easy access to public transportation and authentic restaurants. "Safe, fun, great food, trendy […]. While Recoleta still receives all the referrals Palermo was for us a better representation of what Argentina was really like," claims one TripAdvisor user. There's plenty to do in Palermo. The only question is where to start. You can reach Palermo easily via subte Line D to Bulnes.

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