La Recoleta, where everything is over the top
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We headed out to find this place of interest on our own. On our first try, we criss-crossed the whole barrio, traversing this park and that in search of this famed ‘city of the dead’. Either, we’d been given the wrong directions ��" or ��" the two of us couldn’t find a windmill in a fresh cut wheat field. Probably the latter since, now that we know where it is, we can’t find a road that DOESN’T go right past it.
Entrance is free, the maps are not, but if you are interested in ever finding your way out of there, they are worth every peso. This is still an operating cemetery, so not everyone gets out alive. And many tombs were open to visiting families on the afternoon that we were there. I suppose that there is a planned layout ��" an order to the myriad of lanes, circles and dead ends, but it is just not that easily evident.
It is quite an experience ��" one that should be done when the sun is low in the sky and the shadow casts rise up the walls of tombs on the adjacent lanes.