Buenos Aires is offering tourists a unique chance to take a guided bus tour of the city to explore locations associated with Pope Francis. The “Papa Tour”, which launched on Saturday, takes tourists on a three-hour bus journey to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where the pontiff was once archbishop.
Other stops on the new tour include Pope Francis’ childhood home, the plaza where the pontiff played football as a kid and the school he attended. Run by the country’s Tourism Ministry, the Papa Tour has already seen 5,000 people sign up to take part and has devotees booking flights to Argentina in their hundreds.
The inaugural journey, which took place on Saturday, saw the 43-seater bus take excited tourists to 21 points of interest, many of which were in the Flores neighbourhood, where the pope was born. The final stop was the Metropolitan Cathedral, where the pontiff was archbishop from 2001 until his elevation this year.
“We believe that those who make this journey will find not only a story of life, but also teachings and values that will form the impetus to continue to build a better society every day,” read a description of the tour from the tourism ministry.
The government has also announced it will be running two Pope Francis walking tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Flores and the Plaza de Maya respectively. Small group tours to the Pope Francis sites will also run daily on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, but following the high demand for the Papa Bus Tours, the government is now considering adjusting its schedules to meet the demand.
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