Taking a walk around the Presbitero Maestro cemetery under a full moon is not a way that most would dare to spend an evening. You need to be pretty brave to walk in the company of souls that haven’t yet found peace and visit the tombs of witches, heroes, and shamans.
This cemetery, located in Barrios Altos in the center of Lima, was opened May 31, 1808 by the Viceroy Abascal. This mysterious cemetery has 766 mausoleums and 92 historic monuments. Approximately 300 fallen soldiers from the war against Chile can be found in the ‘Crypt of the Heroes,’ next to Francisco Bolognesi and Miguel Grau.
The dark and the silence are now the only company of writers like Ricardo Palma and sculptors like Romano Espinoza, who also have their space in the first monumental cemetery of Latin America.
The cemetery has an area called ‘the quarters of the suicides,’ which can affect those who are particularly sensitive to the supernatural.
*Where and when:*
If you’re interested in taking a tour round the Presbitero Matias Maestro, you can get your tickets on Jr. Puno 228, from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..
Entrance costs S/. 20 for adults and S/. 20 for children. You can find more information here or by calling 478-4299 and 328-0241.Lima’s Presbitero Maestro cemetery offers a spooky alternative to your Thursday evening.