We finally made it to the famous Recoleta cemetary Wednesday. While it was certainly more spectacular, in that it contains more massive statuary and more famous people, such as generals and former presidents, we decided we preferred the lesser-known cemetery in La Chacarita.
We expected Recoleta to be touristy, but were still a little surprised by the horde of people (mostly English-speaking) making their way toward Eva Peron's tomb. We followed along, took a few photos, then moved far away from the mass of humanity to explore on our own.
We found similar states of decay among some tombs of Recoleta as we did in La Chacarita. It was shocking that we could just reach out and touch some of the caskets (we didn't, however). La Chacarita had a friendlier feel, with it's wider "avenues" (tree-lined in many cases) and beautiful, garden-like "regular" cemetery area.