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The climate of Corrientes is likeable year round. At times summer thundershowers can overwhelm the streets and turn avenues into rivers, but when it’s not raining it will be scorching. Luckily the beaches of the Río Paraná are easy to access if cooling off is necessary. In winter, it can be quite brisk.

This is the season for festivals. January 5-6, in Parque Cambá Cuá, Magi San Baltazar is saluted with African-origin candombé music and dance. Also at the beginning of January is the Fiesta Nacional de Chamamé, a festival and competition of the province’s unique musical genre. In February Corrientes hosts one of Argentina’s largest Carnivals, a source of much excitement and pride among locals. The already scarce lodging can get totally overstuffed during this period, but the tourist offices keep a list of potential “home stays” for couch crashing at a price.

As the tourists flood in for these festivals, many Correntinos flee the city and head to Paso de la Patria (37 km / 23 mi east) to lounge on the beach. During Semana Santa (Easter Week) this town hosts the Torneo Apertura de la Pesca del Dorado. The tournament draws hordes of sports fisherman to try their luck pulling the biggest dorado fish out of the river for substantial cash prizes.

On Good Friday of Easter Week, a Via Crucis procession accompanied by accordions and antorchas meanders through Corrientes' historic center. April 3 kicks off a month-long celebration of the city’s birthday, with all sorts of cultural and sporting events.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Corrientes: Safety,

By Suzanne Russo
Suzanne's childhood travel experiences were limited to road trip forays with her parents, and the thrill that came with crossing the state line,...
07 Apr 2010

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