Congratulations to the new Pope, Francis, formerly Roman Catholic Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina.
How thrilling for both Catholics and the world that our new Pope hails from South America, the first Latin American Holy Father since St. Peter spurred the succession of Popes for decades to come.
So what do we really know about Pope Francis's homeland?
When you think of Argentina you may see a man with a rose in his clenched teeth tangoing with a knockout brunette. You may see your bank account bulging in the black when you realize this was a far cheaper vacation than that one you took last year to Spain.
Argentina is more than cheap souvenirs and handsome dance partners, though.
The Pope was born in Buenos Aires, which lies along the Rio de La Plata in South America. Here you will find futbol, jazz festivals, stunning sea views, a fabulous orchestra and the Teatro Colón.
You'll find Iguazú Falls in the north of the country, and Perito Moreno Glacier in the south. You'll see bright colors and laugh alongside happy, smiling people who just happen to serve the best empanadas this side of Spain.
Prices to Buenos Aires from LA run about $1200 flying mid-week and booking two weeks in advance.
Consider forgoing the standard hotel and staying with host families. This will run you about $170/week.
Habemus Papam, enjoy your reign. And readers, enjoy your trip to Argentina. Take along your English-Spanish guide, your SPF and comfortable sneakers. Diviértase y disfrute de su viaje...have fun!