Ituzaingó: it is an important city in front of the Apipé Island and next to the Yacyretá dam, there are ravines which are more than 100 meters tall and beaches of fine sand. Its beautiful landscapes, its beaches and comforts turn it into a cozy and attractive tourist center.
Ita Ibaté: it is an optimal place for nautical and varied species fishing. This city has modern cabins and hotels, fishing guides, boat rent. Its beaches, camping, beautiful landscapes and last century architecture conform its main attractive.
Itatí: There is the basilica that contains the image of the Itatí Virgin. The city receives the peregrinations that are made in her honor.
Paso de la Patria: It is the most important summer center of the Mesopotamia and "the Dorado’s paradise". The city has an important infrastructure to receive thousands of tourists every summer.
Corrientes Capital: It has an important night life, a rich history that is reflected on its buildings and corners for family walks.
Empedrado: it is surrounded by natural ravines, has one of most beautiful beaches of the region. The city, also called "the Paraná Pearl", has a floating port, boat ramp and ample comforts.
Bella Vista: It is a pleasant tourist place where you can see the citruses plantations which characterize the zone.
Santa Lucia: This colorful city has beautiful beaches and camping at the Santa Lucia riverside. Its architecture is typically colonial, where its old church constructed in 1770 stands out, declared National Historical Monument. In October is made the National Horticulture Festival.
Goya: The second city of Corrientes has beaches and numerous nautical clubs with boat ramps. There is made National Surubí Festival.
Esquina: Its inhabitants live in a colonial and calm atmosphere, next to the calm beaches of the Paraná and the Corriente rivers. The rural tourism is remarkably developed, offering ample comforts to enjoy cavalcades, sulky stroll and excellent roasted meet.
Corrientes is the national capital of carnival, a gained place because of the magnificence of its samba schools, the luxury of the fantasy suits adorned with feather and spangles, the beauty of its women and the rate of music, fusion of batucada and candombe.
All year is Carnival
In Corrientes the carnival is not limited to a few nights, but it has its own calendar that varies from city to city through the summer. But the preparations begin long before, with the creation of new songs, choreographies and suits so the celebration is overwhelming.
Carnival form city to city
In Corrientes the carnival extends to all the province where most of the towns have their own celebration with his particularities and peculiarities.
January and February dazzles with the enchantment of true beauties who vibrate to the rate of the compasses of the samba schools. Year after year, the carnival grows and it is fortified, for that reason Goya waits ansious the arrival of the tourists to show them its happiness.
Between 80 and 100 thousand people per night are arranged to live the celebration that made of Corrientes the national capital of the carnival. Between the most famous samba schools, stand out: Ara Bera, Copacabana and Sapucay that have around 600 members.
Proud of their city, and with reason, they enjoy the pleasure to share the life between friends. In the same way they feel the carnival, a celebration where they share the joy of living. Like other cities of the region, make the craft carnival.
In 2004 Curuzu built a new corsodromo (footbridge) where the celebration extends during six weekends. The carnival of these place is unique in the zone, because allows the participation of the public, because there isn't any type of separation between the spectators and the samba schools.
THE ITATI VIRGIN
The image of the virgin of Itati was brought from the reduction of Ciudad Real by the Franciscans, who emigrated south because the attacks of the natives, taking with themselves the image from the virgin to the Yaguarí region. Once there they raised an oratorical where they placed the virgin, but an attack destroyed the place and the virgin’s image disappeared. According to the tradition it was found in the Alto Paraná by a group of natives. They saw the virgin on a stone (Itati in guarani means stone point) surrounded by a very shining light and accompanied by an over natural music. Fray Luis Gámez ordered the immediate transfer of the figure to the reduction, but the image disappeared again in two more times and returned to its place near the river. The 16th July of 1900 the virgin of Itati was crowned by the Pope Leon XIII with the name of “Queen of the Parana and Reign of Love”. Its celebration is celebrated the 9th July.
BASILIC NUESTRA SEÑORA DE ITATI
The monumental basilic, inaugurated in 1950, conserves in its interior the venerated image of the Itatí Virgin, brought to the country by the Franciscan Luis de Bolaños. The basilica, witch is one of the most important basilics of America, with its 83 meters tall dome and 28 meters of diameter, dominates the town. More than two million persons visit it every year.
Peregrination from San Luis del Palmar
Colorful manifestation that is made since 1900, the pilgrims crosses the passage until Itatí by foot, on horses or carts, giving a singular touch to the caravan.
16th July The Virgin’s Crowning Celebration
This peregrination is a multitudinal manifestation of faith that is made since 1589. This day thousands of travelers from all the country and even from neighbor countries arrive to Itatí.
21st September Youth Peregrination
Young people from all the province leave from Corrientes city and walk more than 70 km. until the Itatí basilic for paying tribute to the virgin
Corrientes is one of the best destinies of argentinian fishing, chosen by fishermen worldwide who travel to this land to live the experience of fishing the tiger of the rivers.
The dorado is the most important fish that it is possible to capture in the region, well known in the world by its size, forces and fight spirit, other fish of great bearing, like surubi, pacu and boga, complete a matchless supply for the fisherman.
Corrientes has an attractive variety of hotels, cabins, and campings, and offers all the necessary services to make the visit more pleasant, as specialized guides, transfers, rent of boats and equipment for the practice of all the modalities of the sportfishing, with alternatives for all the budgets.
If you love fishing, do not doubt, Corrientes is a true paradise for the practice of this sport.
Spinning: All salmon that populates Argentina are captured with decoys. In Corrientes the dorados and surubies fishes are with this technique fished.
Trolling: Is an exelent modality that is used to fish the great dorados and surubies in the high Paran?.
Fly casting: Fly casting in Argentina is gaining every day new horizons. The capture of the tiger of the rivers in the coast is added to the traditional and exelent fishing of salmons (in opposed season, that is in winter).
DORADO (Salminus maxillosus)
Its capture is always very energetic. Once nailed it engages a violent fight and it tends to give great jumps, delight of fishermen. Its growth is diminishing with the age and the males rarely surpass 5 kgs, whereas the females reach developments the many greater ones, being exceptional registries of 30 kgs.
To avoid a disappointment and shake off your impressions of the bus station area and the suburbs of Corrientes, you must go to the old town center. It has many glorious buildings from the colonial era and the following fashion craze about French architecture.
It is very close to the Parana waterfront which gives it much more of the tranquil magnificence of a charming provincial town, past its prime. Not far away is the area of the well-to-do inhabitants of Corrientes. Here you can admire the way the old buildings are preserved and if you are lucky, maybe join the local “high life” in their sailing club, with its private beach and pleasant restaurant. Answering the question “De donde es” with the word “Canada” helped in my case.
Hugged by Paraná River, Corrientes City keeps a unique architectural style which treasures relics having a great historical, religious and cultural value. In this tour , we highlight the most important sites of a city that invites one to discover it.
We started the tour at the Church and Convent of Saint Francis located on Mendoza Street between De la Quintana and Plácido Martínez Streets. This building is from 1638 according to Capitular Records of San Juan de Vera de las Siete Corrientes City, being Saint Francis Solano its Patron. As you stand in front of the building, you can observe its eclectic style in the columns of the Portico which are inspired in Bernini´s work on Saint Peter´s Basilica in Rome.
At the back of the church, on Italia Avenue and Quintana Street, the old convent is located, having walls, ceilings and windows of leather kept since XVI and XVII centuries.
We go on along Mendoza Street to the North until Vera Avenue and Aragón Street. We pass by the front of the building belonging to Prefectura Naval Argentina ( Argentinian Naval Prefecture), we turn right into the Avenue and ride for three blocks until Mitre Park getting through the old Bridge of "la Batería".
In this place, San Pedro Battery positioned . It was commanded by General Mitre and acted in decisive moments in the War of the "Triple Alianza". Inside, there is a monument to the "Cautivas", work by Luis Perlotti which was inaugurated in 1941. This sculpture group represents the five women from Corrientes who were captive and hold hostage during that war, being only four of them released alive in the end