Most Haunted Places in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a lively city, but it still has its share of ghosts hiding in the shadow. Some of the most haunted places in Buenos Aires are big tourist attractions, while others are used by unsuspecting visitors every day.

Recoleta Cemetery

In addition to being a popular tourist attraction and sheltering the decaying remains of the city's historical elite--and of course Eva Peron--the Recoleta Cemetery is known for the cats who live between the mausoleums and often sunbathe on the marble stones or saunter up to visitors for a cuddle.

But with some many distinguished dead, the cemetery can't help but entertain a few ghosts as well. The most horrifying tale is the death of the young socialite Rufina Cambaceres in 1902. Rufina was buried in the Recoleta Cemetery on the day of her apparent demise. But, noise was later reported coming from her mausoleum, and the lid of her coffin was found slightly askew.

It appeared that her coffin had been disturbed; fearing grave robbers, her family asked to have the mausoleum opened and investigated. When they looked into the casket, they found a grisly sight: Rufina's nails were shredded, and it appeared she had woken up in her coffin and tried to break free. The young woman suffered from catalepsy and had mistakenly been buried alive. Her ghost haunts the cemetery to this day, disturbing coffins and opening mausoleums to ensure that no poor soul suffers the same gruesome fate.

Subway Line A

The entire Line A of the subway is plagued with ghosts and apparitions. Since workers died to complete the train tracks when they were first built in 1913, weathered faces have appeared reflected in the windows of passing trains.

The bloody saga of the A line continues in 1953, when anti-Peronists planted a bomb in the Plaza de Mayo station, killing 6 people.

Many people have also reported seeing a bloody cadaver in the bathroom of the Saenz Peña station. Though when others go to investigate, the body is nowhere to be found.

Torre del Fantasma (Ghost Tower)

In La Boca neighborhood stands a tall old building, known as "The Castle of La Boca," with a long and complicated haunted history. The building was originally built in 1910 by María Luisa Auvert Arnaud. She lived in the building for years, importing furniture and other items from Spain to fill the house. The neighbors said they began to hear screams coming from the house, and Maria Luisa abruptly moved to the countryside, with no explanations given.

Flash forward a few years and the Castle has been converted into separate apartments. In the tower lives Clementina, a beautiful young artist who invited a photographer over to take pictures of her workspace and art. After the photographer left the neighbors began to hear screams coming from the building again. Clementina jumped from the window of the tower to the street below, an apparent suicide.

The photographer was not content to believe that this cheerful, happy young artist she had met shortly before had killed herself, so she tracked down María Luisa Auvert Arnaud, the original owner, who had moved out so quickly without explanation. Arnaud admitted that "duendes"--a sort of Spanish goblin--had hitched a ride with her furniture from Spain and taken over the building, terrorizing her and forcing her to flee. The photography had probably angered the duendes, who pushed Clementina out the window in retaliation.

Sure enough, when the photographer developed the pictures from Clementina's apartment, she saw several evil-looking goblins appear on the film. Since then, the tower has been known as Torre del Fantasma, or Ghost Tower.

Sam Harrison is a writer based in Buenos Aires. You can see the other articles she has written about BsAs here.