If you've been reading Corrugated City for a while then you'll know I'm quite the fan of cemeteries. I had an hour or so to kill today whilst waiting for new tyres to be put on my car and the local cemetery was around the corner. I decided to pop in and see how it compared to (the four) in Valpo, Punta Arenas and the two Buenos Aires cemeteries, Recoleta and Chacarita (the last being my personal favourite out of all, although Pere Lachaise in Paris is also pretty awesome).
To be honest, it doesn't compare and I knew this would be the case before going in. After all, Santa Cruz is just a small town whilst Valpo and Buenos Aires were and still are, to some extent, vibrant, wealthy, multicultural cities.
Still, the cemetery here is really quite pretty, covered in flowers and well-tended graves. You see a lot of Correas, Mujicas and Zuñigas, three traditional families from the area. Their names jumped out because I know a few members of all three.
If you fancy a quiet piece of Santa Cruz history, then the cemetery is the best place to start.