Wild rivers link up heritage towns in this northeastern province of Argentina, known for its lush forests, lakes, diverse wildlife and some of the country’s best fishing spots.
Corrientes is a province comprised of a striking landscape of rivers, wetlands, forests and canyons. Explore historic cities, spot wildlife and discover revered fishing locations throughout Corrientes and its surrounding Mesopotamian region.
The province’s capital and largest city, Corrientes, is situated in the northwest. Wander the busy city streets and admire the fading grandeur of its graceful 20th-century buildings. Stroll along the breezy costanera (riverfront) or experience prevailing Guarani traditions at handicraft markets. In February, the city hosts one of Argentina’s most flamboyant Carnival celebrations.
Find a collection of villages, beaches and islands scattered along Río Uruguay. Check out the sacred cathedral at Itatí, the site of a huge religious feast in July. Relax on river beaches or try wakeboarding at Ituzaingó. Don’t miss the magnificent granite canyons and jagged peaks of Barrancas del Empedrado.
Fishing is one of Corrientes’ biggest draws and you can catch big river fish, including dorado, pacu and surubi, year-round. Popular locations are Esquina, Goya and Paso de la Patria.
Head into the heart of the province to see more of its natural wonders. Hike along trails that wind through verdant forests and past lagoons in Parque Nacional Mburucuya. Nearby Esteros del Iberá is a pristine reserve of ponds, lakes and wetlands. This area is home to over 350 bird species, caiman, howler monkeys and the rare river wolf. Stay at an estancia (working homestead) at the reserve’s main hub, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini.
Corrientes, in the northeast of Argentina, is bounded by the Río Uruguay to the east and the Río Paraná to the north and west. With consistently mild temperatures, Corrientes is a year-round destination, although expect some hot days and heavy showers in the summer months. Fly into Corrientes International Airport with a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires. Alternatively, travel on Argentina’s extensive network of intercity buses. Corrientes is a gateway to Misiones, Argentina’s most northeastern province and the location of the captivating Iguazú Falls.