Buenos Aires Recoleta Cemetery Excursion Reviews

The hub of the Recoleta neighborhood -- one of the city's swankiest addresses -- is the Recoleta Cemetery, where the ancestors of the city's aristocracy are buried. Begun in 1822, this amazing cemetery is a virtual crypt city of tall and elaborate tombs and mausoleums covering four square blocks.
Our bus driver, Luciano, had to deal with slow traffic around the cruise as a new freeway is being ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Our bus driver, Luciano, had to deal with slow traffic around the cruise as a new freeway is being designed (3 years to complete). He drove us through many park areas and it seemed they all had historic monuments with statues. Our guide ... Read More
Our bus driver, Luciano, had to deal with slow traffic around the cruise as a new freeway is being designed (3 years to complete). He drove us through many park areas and it seemed they all had historic monuments with statues. Our guide Lucrecia gave us some information about Eva Peron who ruled with her husband Juan Peron in the form of dictatorship. After she died her husband got displaced. When the new dictator got into power their place was burned to the ground. When you see Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Don't cry for me Argentina" you will get the sense of Eva Peron's love for her people before her death at the young age of 32. So the people have a monument of her on the place that was burned to the ground When Juan Peron got back into power, he wanted to build a special mausoleum for her. But his current wife said no. So Eva Peron is buried in her family plot, Descartes, in the Recoleta cemetery. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Buenos Aires Day 1 Buenos Aires traffic is chaotic and not for the faint-hearted.
Sail Date: November 2018
Buenos Aires Day 1 Buenos Aires traffic is chaotic and not for the faint-hearted. We took a $10 US taxi ride to the Jardin Botanico. This is an interesting, well laid out display of southern hemisphere plants, but unfortunately the fern ... Read More
Buenos Aires Day 1 Buenos Aires traffic is chaotic and not for the faint-hearted. We took a $10 US taxi ride to the Jardin Botanico. This is an interesting, well laid out display of southern hemisphere plants, but unfortunately the fern house was closed during our visit (a Sunday). TIP: the washrooms are hidden in a building at the far end from the main entrance and they are dreadful. The doors do not have functional latches, the toilets do not have seats, neither toilet paper nor towels are supplied. If you decide to visit, be prepared to provide your own supplies, or visit the Café La Estancia (opposite the main entrance). Here you will find clean washrooms (fully equipped) good coffee and croissants (media-lunas in Spanish). Buenos Aires Day 2 Because our flight did not depart from B.A until 10:00 p.m. we decided to take a coach tour of B.A. This was interesting, but not really relaxing, because the traffic in the city on weekdays is horrendous. Our coach ground its way through heavy traffic, along narrow streets, and around nail-biting corners. We visited a cemetery to see the grave of Eva Peron, and the La Boca area. B.A. airport is not passenger friendly. We waited for hours before we could check-in and even that process proved to be difficult. TIP: before you board the aircraft, security staff conduct an examination of hand luggage, and you may get pulled aside for unexplained reasons. Be aware. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
again part of above excursion good experience, get to evita's grave
Sail Date: January 2018
again part of above excursion good experience, get to evita's grave
again part of above excursion good experience, get to evita's grave Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We booked a city bus tour through the ship.
Sail Date: January 2018
We booked a city bus tour through the ship. Recoleta was the first place we went on the bus so that's what I checked in the list above. There was not a "City Bus Tour" in the list. Anyway... Recoleta is a cemetery for ... Read More
We booked a city bus tour through the ship. Recoleta was the first place we went on the bus so that's what I checked in the list above. There was not a "City Bus Tour" in the list. Anyway... Recoleta is a cemetery for rich people. It's full of very fancy tombs and it covers several city blocks. It's an impressive place once you get over the idea that it's a cemetery. It's big claim to fame is, the tomb of Evita Peron is in Recoleta. When our bus tour stopped there, we got into a very long line which was all the people wanting to see Evita's tomb. When you get there, you can't see the coffin, but the outside of the tomb has a nice dedication to Evita and lots of flowers. The rest of the bus tour went by the Pink House, the Plaza de Mayo. and some neighborhoods. The tour ended at a place that turned out to be our highlight, a district called Caminito (as in little Camino, little street). It's actually about three streets, each one about three blocks long. The buildings are old, but they are all brightly painted with yellow, orange, red, blue, green... and a lot of the buildings have mannequins looking out of balconies, things like that. It's all shops and restaurants. It's very colorful with a lot of local energy. We only had about 30 minutes there on the bus tour. We took a taxi back to Caminito later that afternoon so my wife could get some decent shopping time. Aside from Caminito, our main impression of Buenos Aires was the contstruction was everywhere. Road improvements, park renovations, etc. We could not walk through Plaza de Mayo - it was fenced off due to construction in the park. Most of the roads the tour bus went on, we were driving by road construction. You should know also, the pier where the ship docked was a small part of a large dockyard that is mostly commercial shipping activity. There are shuttle busses that the city port authority provides at no charge to you. These busses drive by the ship every ten minutes or so and shuttle you to the actual cruise terminal. This is a 7 or 8 minute bus ride through the dockyards past stacks and stacks of shipping containers. Once you get to the cruise terminal you find taxi stands or catch a local bus to town. This is the only way to get to or from the ship, you have to do the bus ride past the mountains of shipping containers. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Very different.
Sail Date: January 2018
Very different. Does show local customs and history
Very different. Does show local customs and history Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Cemetery is pretty but kind of creepy.
Sail Date: December 2017
Cemetery is pretty but kind of creepy. You can actually see coffins and some are so very old. Just kind of freaked me out a bit.
Cemetery is pretty but kind of creepy. You can actually see coffins and some are so very old. Just kind of freaked me out a bit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
So interesting to see a "city" of dead people.
Sail Date: November 2017
So interesting to see a "city" of dead people. Gorgeous architecture.
So interesting to see a "city" of dead people. Gorgeous architecture. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very interesting to learn about Evita Peron.
Sail Date: February 2017
Very interesting to learn about Evita Peron.
Very interesting to learn about Evita Peron. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great tour of the city but didn't see the iconic bridge or the theatre.
Sail Date: January 2017
Great tour of the city but didn't see the iconic bridge or the theatre. He did give us alot of information on the history of Argentina and he was an ex-pat so English was perfect.
Great tour of the city but didn't see the iconic bridge or the theatre. He did give us alot of information on the history of Argentina and he was an ex-pat so English was perfect. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Lovely place.
Sail Date: January 2017
Lovely place. Interesting history of several spots. Wanted more time to explore or to hear about the differing art styles and notables entombed there. Glad I went.
Lovely place. Interesting history of several spots. Wanted more time to explore or to hear about the differing art styles and notables entombed there. Glad I went. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A must see.
Sail Date: December 2016
A must see. Can do it in an hour but more time if you have it. Get a map!
A must see. Can do it in an hour but more time if you have it. Get a map! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent tour of the city - the Paris of South America lives up to its reputation.
Sail Date: December 2016
Excellent tour of the city - the Paris of South America lives up to its reputation. Well worth a visit. The mauseleum is amazing and the highlight. We toured the nearby modern art gallery ourselves and it was really cool.
Excellent tour of the city - the Paris of South America lives up to its reputation. Well worth a visit. The mauseleum is amazing and the highlight. We toured the nearby modern art gallery ourselves and it was really cool. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Picked up a local taxi at the cruise terminal 15$ for 4 of us one way.Well worth the trip the ...
Sail Date: March 2015
Picked up a local taxi at the cruise terminal 15$ for 4 of us one way.Well worth the trip the cemetery is like a mini town. Saw Eva Peron's tomb amongst others. Very easy to walk around by yourselves but guides were available.
Picked up a local taxi at the cruise terminal 15$ for 4 of us one way.Well worth the trip the cemetery is like a mini town. Saw Eva Peron's tomb amongst others. Very easy to walk around by yourselves but guides were available. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Recoleta Cemetary where we saw Eva Peron's tomb and had a good story about another one girl who was ...
Sail Date: February 2015
Recoleta Cemetary where we saw Eva Peron's tomb and had a good story about another one girl who was found to have been buried alive. There were a lot of stray cats there and the mausoleums were very interesting to look at. Very ... Read More
Recoleta Cemetary where we saw Eva Peron's tomb and had a good story about another one girl who was found to have been buried alive. There were a lot of stray cats there and the mausoleums were very interesting to look at. Very clean but some uneven ground in spots. Restrooms were available with a little old man sitting outside to sell you some paper towels (no paper in stalls or at sink). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Really enjoyed our experience with Chris from Wander Tours BA who met us at the port in the morning ...
Sail Date: December 2014
Really enjoyed our experience with Chris from Wander Tours BA who met us at the port in the morning and spent the entire day with my son, husband, and I. Chris's first language is English although he has lived in BA for more than a ... Read More
Really enjoyed our experience with Chris from Wander Tours BA who met us at the port in the morning and spent the entire day with my son, husband, and I. Chris's first language is English although he has lived in BA for more than a decade so understands the heartbeat of the city and can navigate visitors accordingly. It was all about US! What we wanted to see and do.... He even spotted us local currency before receiving any payment to allow us to purchase lunch! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
In stark contrast to Rio, Buenos Aires is very clean, buildings are well maintained, very little ...
Sail Date: February 2014
In stark contrast to Rio, Buenos Aires is very clean, buildings are well maintained, very little graffiti and public spaces are attractive and inviting to tourists. While the city is large, the traffic was very manageable. The most ... Read More
In stark contrast to Rio, Buenos Aires is very clean, buildings are well maintained, very little graffiti and public spaces are attractive and inviting to tourists. While the city is large, the traffic was very manageable. The most interesting part of the city is where Italian immigrants congregated to settle, La Boca. The streets are cobble stone and the original buildings and homes were constructed from materials salvaged from derelict ships. Corrugated metal is widely used and each building is painted in random colors based on what they were able to scavenge. This area is now a tourist area with lots of shops and restaurants of interest to tourists and several streets are pedestrian only and filled with cart merchants. Recoleta Cemetery has the mausoleums of many important families of Buenos Aires including Evita Parone so it is an extremely interesting place to visit however we suggest you have a guide to tell you some of the history of these families as your tour this above ground cemetery. For Cruisers, the port if very commercial and the cruise ships will likely be docked adjacent to stacks of containers 5 or 6 high so less than nothing to see from your stateroom. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises