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Festivals of Argentina


National Chamamé Festival-Corrientes Capital


Carnaval Festival-Esquina 

National Capital of the Argentine Carnival-Corrientes Capital

Border Carnival Festival-Paso de los Libres

National Pacú Festival-Esquina  


National Surubí Festival-Goya  



Correntinian Yerra (cattle marking) Festival-Ituzaingó  



National Dorado Festival-Paso de la Patria  



National Contemporary Dance Festival-Corrientes Capital  



Horticulture Festival-Santa Lucia

National Orange Festival-Bella Vista

Jan & Feb Festivals in Corrientes Province
Fiesta Provincial de la Tradición y la Artesanía - San Miguel
Fiesta de la Sandía - Esquina
Fiesta de la Energía -Ituzaingó
Fiesta del Cunumí - Sauce
Torneo Pesca Embarcada de la Boga del Río Uruguay - La Cruz
Fiesta del Río - Empedrado
Fiesta del Carnaval: Bella Vista, Corrientes Capital, Curuzú Cuatiá, Empedrado, Esquina, Gobernador Virasoro, Goya, Ituzaingó, La Cruz, Mercedes, Monte Caceros, Paso de la Patria y Santo Tomé

Fiesta del Auténtico Chamamé Tradicional - Mburucuyá
Fiesta del Algodón - Pueblo Libertador - Esquina
Fiesta del Carnaval: Bella Vista, Corrientes Capital, Empedrado, Esquina, Gobernador Virasoro, Goya, Itá Ibaté, Ituzaingó, La Cruz, Monte Caseros, Paso de los Libres y Santo Tomé


The Dream of the Province of Corrientes

While many cities in Argentina  celebrate Carnaval, there is no  place which lives and breathes it with the same intense feeling as the province of Corrientes. In Corrientes the carnival begins with water fights, bombitas, "chuspitas" salmigundis all mean your going to get wet out on the streets. as the hot months of summer begin to build. There are numerous traditional events held by the different cities for a calendar varies by city throughout the summer months of January, February and March. 

However, the preparation starts long before, with the creation of new songs, choreographies and costumes so that the party can flare higher each day. Mothers, grandmothers and aunts huddle secretly preparing to unleash the Carnaval dress that their girl will use to kill the competition.Samba_Total.jpg


The city of Corrientes is the National capital of the  carnival, a place gained by the of its  talented and marvelous samba schools, the inspired magnificence of its costumes, the overwelming radiant beauty of its women and the intoxicating rhythm of its music. Most of its cities and towns have their own carnival with their peculiarities and particularitities. The Corrientes Capital’s carnival is the most important.

Almost 100 a thousand people each night as the live the party up to the claim of Corrientes as the National Capital of the Carnival.

Among the famous schools, are Ará Berá, Copacabana and Sapucay who number more than 600 members.




While Corrientes is the carnival capital it extends its reach throughout the Province where the majority of the localities celebrate the holiday.


In January and February,  year after year, the carnival grows ase Goya waits anxious the arrival of  visitors to show its joy. 


Bela Vista [means Beautiful Sight ]

Making use of its name, the carnival of this city enjoy  the  prettiest women and the candy aroma of its orange groves.



Justifieably proud city, and with reason, they disfrutam the pleasure to share the life between friends. In the same way they feel to the carnival, a party where they share the joy of living. To the equal one that other cities of the region, carry through the "Artisan Carnival".


 Curuzú Cuatiá

Visit the Curuzú sambódromo where the party takes place on six weekends. The curuzucuaquenho carnival is the only one of the zone that allows the participation of the public since there is no separation between the spectator and the schools.



Hospitable people, embracing tranquilo harmony and children carnivals



Monte Caseros

If batucada fusing with rhythms of e camdomblé where Uruguay and Brazil maintain a zone of open borders. A luxurious "Artisan Carnival" with party  popular spirit where all the people seek to collaborate in the present with each other.



The samba schools of  Esquina are distinguished for their shows featuring choreography that advance the the theatrical subject with groups osupporting the standout feminine figures.


Paso de los Libres

Many tourists approach thise border city to help enliven the party of King Momo. A parade of samba schools fulfills  their desire and supports the growith carnival of Libres


Paso de la Pátri

Here you find "the golden capital of the regional carnival",  The traditional coronation of the queens and shows of the samba schools, are carried out in the amphitheatre "Pinin Palma



The 40.000 neighbors finds it their mission to win each year the title of  Carnival of the "Capital of the Energy", perhaps due to their  proximity to the Yacayretá. Ituzangó is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Province.


Governador Virasoro

The city counts on four bigger schools and some minors ones who give brightness, rhythm and color to the carnival.


Santo Tomé

The traditional carnival of Santo Tome have been celebrated for almost half century lending a singular coloring to the participation of the popular people's party. 


La Cruz

This party keeps its style and spirit imcomparably marvelous. The color and the soaring percussion manifest great joy in its people.

GETTING THERE: Access the province of Corrientes through: National routes 12 and 14, by either the north or the south.  Through the interprovincial bridge "General Manuel Belgrano" from the Chaco. And through the International bridges: "Paso de los Libres -Uruguayana" (President A. P. Justo International bridge). And "Santo Tome - Sao Borjas” from Brasil. AIR: There are two daily regular flights to the airports of Corrientes and Resistencia at the "Gobernador Piragine Niveyro Airport" (Chaco 25 km far away), connects the province with the rest of the country. The federal capital of Buenos Aries is 900km away, Iguazu falls are 650km away, and the borders with Brazil and Uruguay 450km away.

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Water Paradise:
There's 750km of coasts on rivers and tame lagoons, a true paradise for the fishermen, as well as wide rivers with white sand beaches who welcome you to stretch out along them and enjoy the special quality of the Corrientes sunlight.
This area offers an unforgettable landscape for adventure tourism through photo safaris, fauna watching, horse-riding, canoe tours and trekking. There's an infinite variety of trees but the main characteristic of this region is the abundant aquatic vegetation. A wide variety of endangered species (capybara, yacares and aguara guazu among others) live together with innumerable fish and bird species.
Corrientes is surrounded by the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, it is a true paradise for fishermen. On its waters you can enjoy the bites of fighting fish like Dorado, Surubies, Pacues and Bogas.
Iberá Natural Reserve and Protected Zone
a canditate as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

More Attractions: One cannot miss a walk down the river drive, which has natural balconies looking over the river, a visit to the zoo, to the museums or shopping along Junín pedestrian street.
In the outskirts, one can get to know indian settlements, the house where General Mitre lived in at the time of the "Triple Alianza" war, or the Totora Lagoon with its clear water.

DownloadRoad Map of Corrientes Province
iin Güaraní language
Ará Berá
means: the flash of lightning.
Sapukay: means scream. Its symbol is a rooster

The Guaraníes

Before the Spanish arrived to America, different native groups populated the littoral, one of those were the remarkable guaraníes, who were known for their warrior strenth and uncommon wide intelligence.

The guaraníes were not constitute as a nation, but rather they were organized as small tribal groups with independent governments.Their houses were big collective houses, built with strong wood, mud and rush.
The Guaraní are best known for their connection to the early Jesuit missions of Paraguay, the most notable mission foundation ever established in the Americas, and for their later heroic provocation of a major expansionist war as the State of Paraguay, against the combined powers of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay

The guaraní language exists today in Paraguay and the north of Corrientes. [more about the Jesuit Missions of the Guaraníes]

Chamamé is the music that identifies the Correntinian people and the litoral region. Its more well known song, Kilometro 11, is a true hymn of Corrientes
Oficial del Carnaval de Gualeguaychú -
Municipalidad de Gualeguaychú - Gualeguaychú 
Frommer's On-Line features Gualeguaychú Carnaval!

Gualeguaychú & Argentina's National Carnaval

The newest highlight of nightlife here is not a bar but the Gualeguaychú Casino, Costanera and San Mart?n (tel. 3446/424-603), which opened in February of 2005. The owners call it the world's only Carnaval-themed casino, and it has been beautifully decorated in a Carnaval theme by local artists
"The best close beach is the Solar del Este, just northeast of town. Other excellent camping sites and beaches exist within a few miles of downtown Gualeguaychú. A car makes things much easier when you're here, but there are no car-rental services in Gualeguaychú or in the surrounding cities. The solution is to rent a car in Buenos Aires and drive to Gualeguaychú."

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El carnaval de Gualeguaychú, provincia de Entre Rios

Corsos, or schools, which are groups of people who band together to produce the Carnaval spectacle. A carnival center called the corsodromo containing 38,000 seats was built in the city, and in thisDownload  corsodromo samba bands dance during the Carnaval celebrations along its 500 meters.



The Argentine Mesopotamia region, which encompasses the provinces of Missiones, Entre R?os, and Corrientes, is where many of these festive events are held. The most popular and well known Carnaval by virtue of a strong marketing campaign to fill 350,000 seats in the corsodromo over a season of nine Saturday s these is that of Gualeguaychú, in the southern part of Entre Rios province.

Gualeguachu Carnival calls itself - theDownload "country's carnival" (El Carnaval del Pais) in contrast to the other huge Carnaval in the nearby city of Corrientes which uses the title of "the Country's Carnaval Capital"

During the Carnaval del Pais, 4 samba clubs (comparsa) compete for the title of "kings of the carnival".

Mari-Mari Samba Queen

Each comparsa includes over 700 dancers, and is accompanied by 5 huge stages, a drum band (batucada) and a singing band. Each club chooses a theme and a theme song, and the theme is brought to life using the stages, costumes, decorations and songs.

WHEN: Gualeguaychú's event is held every Saturday in January, February, and sometimes even the first week in March. If you're in Buenos Aires during this time period, it's a great destination for a side trip.Download

Gualeguaychú was also an area of mass German immigration which somewhat explains the abundance or beautiful blonde women.

Gualeguaychú has historical areas that contribute to the city heritage and are worth visiting- San Mart?n Square, Urquiza Square, San Jos? Cathedral or cultural sites like the  Magnasco Institute Museum, the Railway Museum

Beaches along the Rio Gualeguaychú and the Rio Uruguay. Many Porte?os choose to vacation here for the beaches, camping, and fishing.
By the river, the natural beauty that dresses the coast is increased by many beaches, the port and the Unzu? Park with a thick and varied vegetation.
These places are chosen to practice water sports, fishing and amusing walks in the open air.
You can also visit the Boca Port in the junction of the Gualeguaychú and Uruguay Rivers, El Sir? Autochthonous Flora and Fauna Preservation Station, Itapeby Country House or the ?andubaysal Beach and Camping located 17 km away from the city on the verge of Uruguay River.
Historical: Gualeguaychú has historical areas that contribute to the city heritage and are worth visiting- San Mart?n Square, Urquiza Square, San Jos? Cathedral or cultural sites like the Magnasco Institute Museum, the Railway Museum, Andrade's House and Fray Mocho's House which are true evidence of the eager development of the city.

GETTING THERE: by car from Buenos Aires, take Ruta 12 north from Buenos Aires and then go north again on Ruta 14 where they intersect.From Uruguay, you can take "Libertador San Mart?n International Bridge" that links the city with Fray Bentos City in the neighbouring country.
Buses for Gualeguaychú from Buenos Aires leave from the Retiro Bus Station and go to the Gualeguaychú Terminal de Omnibus at Boulevard Jurardo and Boulevard Artigas (tel. 3446/440-688). The journey takes about 3 hours. Various companies will make the trip, including FlechaBus. Call tel. 3446/440-776 in Gualeguaychú or tel. 11/4315-2781 in Buenos Aires for tickets, schedules, and information or visit  Look for special Carnaval bus trips to the Carnaval leaving Buenos Aires in the afternoon, stay in Gualeguaychú for the Carnaval event, and then return to Buenos Aires after 3 or 4am.
There is no nearby airport with commercial services,

WEATHER: The climate of the region is template with an average temperature of 18?C, being the maximum temperature of 32?C in Summer and minimum temperature of 5?C in Winter. Nearly everything other than some restaurants and a few small convenience stores will close between 1 and 4pm.

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