Almudena Cemetery
Almudena Cemetery
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MICH618
Hollywood, FL122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I was there for Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, All Souls Day. It was quite an experience. It's a celebration. If you're going to Cusco for Machu Picchu like I was, this deserves a short side trip.
Written 19 July 2023
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simpsonite64
Northampton, UK690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Worth the walking!

We were staying relatively close (20 minute walk) so it wasn't too far out of the way for us - we were definitely taken aback by the sheer scale of this place, how it just keeps going on and on as far as the eye can see. Some extremely intricate designs and memorials.
Written 25 March 2022
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA3,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We signed up for a “behind the scene tour of Cusco.” One of the odd stop was at a cemetery named Almudena Cemetery. This location was formerly a church and convent. Over the years, the cemetery expanded to 7 acres. More than 23,000, including some of the most famous were entombed there. If one has money, one can have their own mausoleum. However majority of the deceased were in stacked crypt. Families have to paid annual rental fees to keep the bodies there. What made this location unique were the decoration-figurines celebrating the life of the decedent, displayed behind glass in front of each crypt. School children not in school loitered around in hopes they be hired to clean the glass and polish the frame of the crypt. Fascinating stop to learn about funerary practices in this region.
Written 9 September 2019
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Butch E
Nashville, TN638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is the oldest cemetery in Cusco. It was very enlightening to hear from our tour guide how the local people view death and the traditions around burial. Once inside you see all these mausoleums each with various decorations that relate to the person buried there. Of course there are lots of flowers, but then each has other trinkets like a little beer bottle, or toys or objets related to there work, like a small toy sewing machine. Its very, very interesting to see what each mausoleum has in it. There is a musician who walks around the cemetery, in case you want him to ply a song for your deceased relative. In addition, school boys stay there to help the elderly put flowers on the very top layer mausoleums, because to reach them you have to climb a ladder. I would definitely recommend a stop here.
Written 4 March 2019
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OscarEvia
Mexico City, Mexico40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
After walking downtown Cuzco, and visiting the ever abundant tourist traps that the city has to offer, we wandered to this beautiful cemetery, which was a very enlightening experience. It is always fascinating how cultures deal with the passing of heir loved ones, and in places like Cuzco, it is even more interesting. I will not spoil the surprises here but burials here are very uncommon to what i've seen in other places. Just one quick word of advice, this is a working cemetery, and as you can imagine, the locals are not too thrilled with having tourists wandering around, so just be respectful and you'll be fine.
Written 3 September 2018
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geotech522
5,326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Usually we don't plan to visit cemeteries but this visit was most enlightening and interesting. You can see the care and love the people have for their departed love ones by the way they celebrate their lives and decorate the coffin niches. You learn about the love ones, the way they lived their lives and what they loved while they walked this earth. Our Gate 1 tour guide showed us his Grandfather's tomb and we learned a lot about him and his Grandfather. Very worthwhile experience.
Written 8 July 2018
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Lauren R
Spartanburg, SC18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
This is the largest and most interesting cemeteries I’ve ever come across. Not a lot of people know about it. If you’re looking for a great piece of history for Cusco - find this place. Free to walk around before 5pm. You can take photos. As always, it comes down to respecting those there who have family here. It’s been one of my fav discoveries in Cusco! You should see it! The first big Grave site is of a women who was ahead of her time!!
Written 22 January 2018
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ppark0927
Williamsburg, VA441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
We spent about an hour here. The first thing to notice is the skulls on the front gate. Two of the local kids showed us what they do to earn money when not in school. Locals will pay them a small amount of money to clean the inside and outside of their persons area. Spaces are rented and if payment is not made then a red sticker is placed on the burial place and eventually the coffin is removed and the place is rented again. It's different but we enjoyed it.
Written 25 September 2016
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Christina J
Berkeley, CA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
I visited Almudena on the anniversary of my mom's death (many miles from home).

It is a beautiful (and historic) cemetery, which felt like a celebration of the lives of those buried there --- as is my impression/experience of cemeteries in Central & South America, especially compared o North America.

There is amazing art in various spots, and I recommend giving yourself time to meander through this sprawling spot.
Written 22 September 2016
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Lanre90
Chicago31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
This is unlike any cemetery I have ever been to, there is a separate section for children, very sad. Per the tour guide, this is a cemetery for rich people, the land where the dead are resting is on a rental basis, if rent is not pay, an eviction notice is posted, ans after some time, coffins are removed and dumped in the local trash. I highly recommend it, once you get over the creepy factor of being in a cemetery.
Written 10 February 2016
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