Corrientes

Embraced by both the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, Corrientes is a province of tributaries, estuaries and lagoons. The Iberá Wetlands are the second-largest wetlands in the world, a veritable paradise for wildlife lovers, providing habitats for caimans, tapirs, capybaras, otters, marsh deer and over 350 species of birds.

Corrientes is the only province that shares borders with all three neighboring Mercosur countries. Rice currently dominates agricultural production, with rice exports to over 30 countries reaching some 650 tonnes per year.

Overview

  • Population: 1 million
  • Area: 88,199 km²
  • Capital: Corrientes
  • Top export: Rice

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Main Attractions

The Costanera Riverwalk lines the shore of the Paraná River in the city of Corrientes. Stretching 2.5 km, it is the local hotspot for relaxing by the river and watching the world go by.

At 15,000 km² the Iberá Wetlands are one of the largest protected areas in South America. They were declared a national park in 1998.

Unsurprisingly given its geography, fishing is the most common pastime in Corrientes. The most prized fish is the dorado, which can weigh up to 25 kg.

Corrientes’ most traditional dish is the mbeyú, a starchy cake, with its origins in the indigenous Guaraní culture.

Corrientes has its own traditional music known as chamamé (meaning "I'm in the rain with my soul” in Guaraní), which has both Guaraní and Spanish roots. The National Chamamé Festival is a hugely popular summertime festival in Corrientes.  

Iberá Wetlands