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Corrientes and its unique culture

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Corrientes

Distance from Buenos Aires 1074 kms. The capital of the province is situated on the banks of the Paraná river. Ancient monuments are the churches of La Santísima Cruz de los Milagros, the convents of San Francisco and La Merced. There are remains of the Jesuit stay in La Cruz, San Carlos and Yapeyú. The jewel of the province are the Esteros del Iberá, a complex eco system which includes 700.000 hectares of swamps, 31.500 hectares of lagoons and 52.000 hectares of marshes, inhabited by turtles, yacaré alligators, monkeys, swamp deers, carpinchos and 368 different species of birds. Corrientes is a paradise of fishing (dorado, which can weigh up to 25 kgs, pacu and surubí. In August the Fiesta Nacional del Dorado is celebrated in Paso de la Patria. It is possible to stay at the "estancias" such as San Gará, Atalaya and San Juan Poriahú, as a base for trekking, horse riding and observation of native flora and fauna. Corrientes is the land of the chamamé dance.


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