Recoleta’s cemetery is a veritable village of the dead, with rows and rows of towering tombs housing the remains of many of Argentina’s most revered – the most famous being the country’s infamous First Lady, Maria Eva Duarte Perón, or Evita. Evita’s burial site can easily be located by following the guided tour groups or by seeking out the mass of bouquets. The cemetery was founded in 1822 and also contains the tombs of writers, scientists, national heroes and former presidents, exhibiting a variety of architectural styles. Entry is free, although a map priced at a few pesos is a useful purchase. There are also usually tour guides on hand, offering inexpensive guided tours.
Things to see in Buenos Aires
Centro de Información Turística (Tourist Information Centre)
Tel: 0800 999 2838.
The main tourist information centres are at Florida 100, Florida; Dock 4, Puerto Madero; Terminal De Ómnibus, Avenida Antártida Argentina, Retiro; Quintana 596, Recoleta; Defensa 1250, San Telmo.
Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación (National Tourism Office)
Avenida Santa Fe 883
Tel: 0800 555 0016.
There are also National Tourism Information stands at the international and domestic airports.