By that time the neighborhood of Recoleta had become one of the city's most affluent areas and the cemetery soon became the final resting place of choice for most of Argentina 's rich, famous, and powerful people.
Many of the country's presidents, as well as business tycoons, artists, boxers, and even one of Napoleon's grandchildren is interred here.
But the most famous resident would be Eva Perón.
Instead of trying to negotiate our way around using signs and maps, we used the old hang-around-the-periphery-of-a-tour-group-to-overhear-vital-information method.
So by circling around a group of loud, American businessmen we easily found the noteworthy tombs, including the surprisingly understated resting place of former first lady, in the Familia Duarte tomb. If it weren't for the crowd, the flowers and our covert eavesdropping, we would have never known Evita was there.
I spent the rest of the day delving deeper, in a trance, absorbing details with my camera.