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It hasn't taken long for Argentina's tourism gurus to capitalise on the election of a home grown pontiff. For those wanting to get some insight into Pope Francis' past, the Papal Tour of Buenos Aires which launched this week is a must.

The tour is the brainchild of the country's Tourism Ministry and takes in sights such as the new Pope's childhood home, school and favourite sports grounds. The organisers have underestimated though the level of interest in this three hour bus tour. Accounting for just 100 tourists per week, on two bus tours, they have actually seen sign-ups of over 5,000 already.

The tour takes in 21 key sites of interest, with a focus on the Flores area of the city where the Pope was born. The Metropolitan Cathedral where he said Mass as an archbishop is also included as well as the St Joseph's Basilica which is said to be the place he received a spiritual awakening prompting him to join the priesthood.

Buenos Aires has long been a popular destination for tourists in South America. The city offers a blend of the cosmopolitan with the cultural and glimpses of a varied historical past. One of the most popular tourist hot spots is Cemeterio de la Recoleta. This impressive cemetery is home to the graves and imposing tombs of the richest families in Buenos Aires. The most visited tomb is that of Eva Peron, the eternally popular First Lady.

To experience Latin culture at its best, La Boca has earned its position as a firm favourite on the tourist map. This vibrant quarter offers arts and crafts stores aplenty and colourful cafes and restaurants frequently showcase live tango dancing for guests.

Buenos Aires is a city that welcomes visitors from across the world and as a result has a rich and diverse culture. The Teatro Colon is the main venue for opera in the city and offers acoustic excellence. It is considered to be among the top five opera venues in the world and well worth a visit for fans of the art. The city has a bustling nightlife with plenty of bars and nightclubs to tempt party-goers from their early nights.

The cuisine in Buenos Aires is as varied in origin as its inhabitants but the true Argentine experience steak is a must. Visitors should be prepared though that the portions are, on the whole, gigantic.

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